>But when I do a chkdsk for viruses on the c drive, I get 655,360 bytes memory.. so there is no virus that would cause an invalid sys disk.
I don’t believe that is true for all viruses. I would definitely do a virus scan with a good DOS scanner such as McAfee.
>it displays the content with some "wingding" characters
Corrupted directory… Sign of bad spots on the drive (or a virus, or memory problems)… Suggest doing surface scan with scandisk from the DOS prompt or during the Win Me install. Or running 3rd-party scan such as Western Digitals Lifeguard tools it you have a WD drive.
Try fdisk /mbr after removing partitions. Don’t use that flag with a drive with data that has not been backed-up (http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/hd/rules.htm). Larry