primary master hard disc fail ?

  enviro 20:42 14 Feb 2006
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I am trying to get an old P/C working and keep getting this error message on start up. I have no idea what it means or if It can be fixed, any ideas ?.

  VoG II 20:54 14 Feb 2006

It means that there is a problem with the hard drive. Which version of Windows does it have?

  woodchip 22:06 14 Feb 2006

may be faulty ribbon cable to the drive. Also if you are Win98 type at the DOS prompt SCANDISK and run the program

  DieSse 22:43 14 Feb 2006

If it-s an old PC that *doesn-t work*, then its probably the drive - but as woody says, try a different cable forst.

With this message you won-t be getting far enough to run any tests though.

  enviro 23:23 14 Feb 2006

Thanks for the replies, its running win 95 I have just changed the cable and then the hard drive but still the same message. When I press the F1 key as prompted message reads boot disk failure. I guess both error messages are linked to the hard drive is that correct?.

  woodchip 09:21 15 Feb 2006

yes

  woodchip 09:21 15 Feb 2006

PS Check BIOS for LBA enabled, before you throw them away

  Diemmess 09:28 15 Feb 2006

You could try booting with a 98 boot floppy and see (if you get that far) what you get from typing ...... dir c:

Assumimg the BIOS acknowledges a HD to be present, then a 'file not found' error would be one more nail in the HD coffin.

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