Error reading A: drive

  Elrond 17:58 13 Mar 2003

My dad's pc is a few years old Packard Bell Club 50 with win98 SE. A few days back, an error of some sort occured while watching a dvd on it. So i popped around to have a look. The PC started up and would not get into windows as some files had been corrupted or were missing. Anyway, as I pretty much cover all the maintainence on the PC I thought it was due a reformat and re-install instead of correcting or extracting the files to the system to repair it. So I put in the recovery floppy and got into the recovery dialogue. Put the first recovery cd in as requested and selected a reinstall to factory condition. Everything started fine it reformatted the drive I think. The pc then restarted it started to read from the floppy drive and then another error occured(error reading from drive A:), halting the installation. So I turned the PC off and tried the recovery process again. However, I cant get into the recovery dialogue anymore as when the system reads the A: drive I keep gettin the same error message. Any thoughts. Thanks for your time

  Djohn 18:13 13 Mar 2003

It may be a faulty disk, or the drive itself is about to give up. If possible borrow, or use your floppy drive to try and install the O/S back to your dad's PC. J.

  Elrond 19:17 13 Mar 2003

I tried my floppy drive and no joy. There are to recovery setup floppies and neither will work.

  Elrond 20:15 13 Mar 2003


  DieSse 20:26 13 Mar 2003

Try another floppy drive.

  DieSse 20:27 13 Mar 2003

Sorry misread your earlier post - so am now a bit confused at to what combinations do and don't work.

  Elrond 10:24 14 Mar 2003

No combinations work. I put my floppy drive in my dads machine and still the error messages. I've used both the recovery floppies supplied and still the same error message and a win98 startup floppy still produces the error.

  DieSse 10:35 14 Mar 2003

Maybe his system has decided to damage any floppy put into it - a few tests should ascertain this.

  DieSse 10:37 14 Mar 2003

Or maybe there's a cable or motherboard/CMOS problem. Check the BIOS setting for floppy drive type.

  Â ÑÌÇKÑÂMË 10:44 14 Mar 2003

Can you boot from cd instead of floppy,and miss out the floppy all together or do you need files of the floppy.

  cheapskate2k 10:48 14 Mar 2003

I was under the impression that win 98 would install from cd. Well mine certainly did when i did it a few months back. Surely the files should be available off the internet to create new recovery disks if all else fails?

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