I have copied this from another thread in the hope that a wider audience can help me. I cannot boot up into windows at all. When I try to boot in normal or safe modes I get the error message- ' Write protect error writing to drive C Abort, Retry, Fail? ' and can go no further regardless of which response I give. I CAN boot into DOS but if I then type in WIN to go to windows I get the longer error message- 'EMM386 has detected error #à6 in an application at memory address 30E0:0FDE. to minimise he chance of data loss, EMM386 has halted your computer. For more information consult your documentation. To restart your computer press ENTER. ' Pressing ENTER gives no response. To try and simplify things I have dissconected the optical drives just leaving the hard disk and floppy drive connected. I have tried swaping IDE cables and connecting the hard disk to each of the IDE ports on the motherboard, but still get the same errors whichever connection / cable I use. I have tried turning off EMM 386, made no difference. Any ideas would be very welcome. Ive just been reading a post that seemed to be of a similar (but not quite the same) problem and this has prompted me to add the following info. I DO NOT have the original Windows 98 CD. (It is a second hand machine but apparently Advent do not ship the CD with new machines anyway). I DO have a 'Windows 98 Recovery Disc V1.02' floppy which was shipped with machine but even this gives a write error (on drive A The laptop that I am posting this from does NOT have a floppy drive, so copying and posting files from the problem machine may be awkward. I hope that someone here can help otherwise I will just have to junk the machine and I hate waste. Nuke.