So I took the only functioning piece of hardware from my Dell Dimension 2400 which was the motherboard and tried 3 different floppy drives, 2 IDE hard drives, 2 CD drives and 2 power supplies in every possible order. And I still get "Diskette drive 0 seek failure" at startup. I've also changed the boot sequence order, with no luck. Is there anything else I can do? Thanks.
When you disconnect the floppy and boot, it shows "Diskette drive 0 seek failure" because the option "Floppy Drive Seek" is enabled in the CMOS BIOS Setup. Try disabling it probably from the Advanced CMOS Setup.
I tried without the floppy drive and it loaded to the windows screen after a few command prompts, followed by a "windows protection error". Think if I took windows off the hard drive first, I might have luck?
" Think if I took windows off the hard drive first, I might have luck "?
I dont think its windows,its the bios or you have connected the floppy drive to the wrong end of its cable. (Change ends that the floppy drive is connected to,(just as Woodchip has pointed out). You do have the power connected to the floppy drive,dont you ?
Also check the bios,and make sure floppy seek is enabled and set to 1.4MB
Also check the bios boot order:
First boot device,as follows 1) HDD 2) cd/dvd 3) Floppy 4) USB (not always an option)
..."it loaded to the windows screen after a few command prompts, followed by a "windows protection error". My first question had already been answered. I now get "Error Message: Initializing Device IOS Windows Protection Error" after about 30 seconds on the windows loading screen.