Bad boot

  superdraft 11:44 10 Oct 2005
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Neighbours computer with XP won't boot.
Doesn't seem to recognise hard drive.
Put another drive with 98SE in computer in place of the other.
Boots up OK with Startup disk only. When creating a RAMdisk in DOS calls it a C drive instead of D.
Could there be a trojan which alters BIOS and if so how do I correct the problem. Help please

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:49 10 Oct 2005

Is the drive seen in BIOS?

Does it appear on the first screen under primary drive?

  superdraft 11:09 11 Oct 2005

yes. BIOS sees drive but I cannot see details - only drive capacity.
no. not seen as a primary drive

  DieSse 11:18 11 Oct 2005

"Could there be a trojan which alters BIOS"

No - BIOS are pretty well protected from being written to.

You say the drive is detected, but not as the primary master - this implies that the jumper ad/or cable is fitted wrongly.

Make sure initially that the jumper is set to Master or Cable Select (in the case of Cable elect, that it's also on the end connector of the cable.

Make sure that it's on the Primary IDE cable, not the Secondary.

Then tell us how the drive is detected (if at all) in the POST (bootup) tests.

  superdraft 04:52 12 Oct 2005

thanx for the help guys but neighbour cracked board trying to push IDE plug - too much a lead fist - his problem

  DieSse 11:01 12 Oct 2005

"neighbour cracked board"

Not a problem one comes across often ;-))

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