I boot up. My system is set to boot floppy, cd then HDD. The floppy drive is nacked. The CD will not boot from with XP disk in and the HDD just causes the screen to go blank.
I have removed HDD and formatted it on another machine then reinstalled XP. Put it back in old pc and same problem.
When bios starts it detects my HDD as Primary Master and the CD RW as Primary Slave.
I have booted from that HDD on my new PC and it works so HDD is not at fault. If old PC does not boot with XP CD in but new one does then the software is ok. Could it be my CD RW is nacked. If so why does my HDD still not work?
I have found that CD/RWs do not like being the Slave. Try it on the other IDE connection as Master. Change the BIOS to detect it and then make the CD first boot then the HDD and leave the Floppy out altogether if it is not working.
So far I have removed FDD and HDD. It now boots from CD to Windows setup page. If however I put the HDD back on then it does nowt again. It asks me if I want to boot from CD then when I press enter it just reads the HDD again.
Visit the hard drive manufacturers website and look for a diagnostics tool. This normally is copied to a floppy and used to boot the PC to run the tests. It may give you an indication as to whether the hard drive is faulty.
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