no boot disk

  palinka 18:22 23 Jul 2004

Just installed a new DVD/CD RW. Switch on pc and get message "Searching for boot record from floppy...not found" and "insert boot disk in A".
I don't have a boot disk; where do I go from here? Help!(OS is ME)

  son-of-a-gun 18:49 23 Jul 2004

Sounds to me like your BIOS is set up wrong, and is only taking the DVD for BOOT and ignoring the Hd. Check you did'nt knock off or dislodge any cable from the HD

  palinka 19:10 23 Jul 2004

No, I can't find anything dislodged . I was particularly careful as I don't usually go into my pc, I stick to software updates/modifications.

  SEASHANTY 19:18 23 Jul 2004

Think you may have accidentally pulled a cable. Check that the IDE ribbon cables are fully seated on the pins at bothe the hard drive connections at both the drive and motherboard sockets.

  son-of-a-gun 20:56 23 Jul 2004

Remove the cable's from your DVD go back to original, but I'm still convinced you have a bad connection from ribbon to mobo or Hd.

Did you change anything in the BIOS

  palinka 21:16 23 Jul 2004

No, didn't change anything in the BIOS.I'll check the connections again.

  the-george 21:23 23 Jul 2004

A couple of suggestions that will only take a short time to try.

firstly check that you have not left a non-system disk in the floppy drive as this will cause similar messages to the ones you have.

Secondly, try and boot up from a boot disk. This will then allow you to check if the hard drive ( and the cd etc) can be accessed ( type C: then hit return key then type dir then return key and contemnts of hard drive should be displayed). If the hard drive cannot be accessed then try the bios to see if it has been detected there. If not then auto detect to see if it is picked up.

if still no joy then it is probably a bad connection as suggested earlier.

  the-george 21:25 23 Jul 2004

Sorry, you said you didn't have a boot disk. You will have to beg, borrow or download one on some other PC.
Try click here

  the-george 21:28 23 Jul 2004

Not my night - also forgot to mention that when in bios check that the hard drive is listed as a boot device - usually comes after the floppy.

  kakellie 21:55 23 Jul 2004

highly unlikley but could the jumper pin for the hard drive come loose

  woodchip 22:15 23 Jul 2004

You should set the DVDrw to Slave on the jumper at the back of the drive before you connected the drive. they are both, That is if the are on the same cable Hard Drive and DVDrw set to Master. The Hard Drive Sould be on Master and the DVDrw set to slave on the same cable

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