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PC Bios help please

cycleman Avatar
8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
I've got a dell pc with the dell vista set up having the os system on 1 hd and the data on a second, strange but that seems to be how dell do it, also a partition for recovery.
I've installed a 3rd hd with xp so I can run some non vista progs.
Thing is I was reinstalling XP on my 3rd hd and configured the bios to 1st boot from this drive, now I'm having major problems getting my pc to boot at all...I've tried the bios defaults but when it reboots i get 'diskette problem 0 drive press f1 or f2 to eneter setup, when i press f1 it will eventually boot xp, but things definately awry!!! any help appreciated, cheers

Diskette drive zero seek failure (this is the error message I get), when I then press f1 it eventualy boots into xp??

Is there any way I can 'scrap' the bios and reinstall it as resetting it seems to do nothing??
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8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
the boot sector on your haRDdisk is overwritten by xp hence corrupted
you have to fix it
tyry this
http://www.pctipsbox.com/fix-or-repair-the-corrupted-vista-bootloader-in-a-dual-boot-configuration/
#2
I don't know much about PC's but these might help:
http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/bootprob1.html
#3
try removing/unplugging(both cables) the new xp hdd, power off mach (not reset) leave 2 mins and try again
#4
Are you sure it's diskette problem? It seems unlikely the bios is confusing the two.

You did take the floppy out of the drive after you installed XP?
#5
nuabdi
the boot sector on your haRDdisk is overwritten by xp hence corrupted
you have to fix it
tyry this
http://www.pctipsbox.com/fix-or-repair-the-corrupted-vista-bootloader-in-a-dual-boot-configuration/


Wow, thanks a million for that, can get back onto Vista now, just one niggle, still boots up with original error message, but will boot into vista when I press F1 any ideas how I can get round that one.
Thanks again for the fantastic advice:thumbsup:
#6
cycleman
Wow, thanks a million for that, can get back onto Vista now, just one niggle, still boots up with original error message, but will boot into vista when I press F1 any ideas how I can get round that one.
Thanks again for the fantastic advice:thumbsup:


the mesage is telling you it cant boot off the hdd with xp on,so it then looks for another boot device and finds the vista drive remove the messge by doing as i said
if u want to organise a dual boot system be careful becuse u will need to modify the boot code on the vista drive and may damage your ability to get a restore partition, if u can create a restore cd/dvd before u do anything else
#7
maddogb
the mesage is telling you it cant boot off the hdd with xp on,so it then looks for another boot device and finds the vista drive remove the messge by doing as i said
if u want to organise a dual boot system be careful becuse u will need to modify the boot code on the vista drive and may damage your ability to get a restore partition, if u can create a restore cd/dvd before u do anything else


OK thank you, I've disconnected my 3rd (XP drive) altogether, but still boots with the error message, not really a problem as when I press F1 it will boot into my old Vista, any ideas?
Strange thing is I had XP on the 3rd drive for months without any problems, if I wanted that drive I would just select it from the boot menu, problems only started when I formatted it and reinstalled XP.
#8
cycleman
OK thank you, I've disconnected my 3rd (XP drive) altogether, but still boots with the error message, not really a problem as when I press F1 it will boot into my old Vista, any ideas?
Strange thing is I had XP on the 3rd drive for months without any problems, if I wanted that drive I would just select it from the boot menu, problems only started when I formatted it and reinstalled XP.


worrying if u've run the boot sector repair
This could be a sign of hardware failure so an immediate backup is required. could just be a coincidence that your hdd has got a bad sector and this may kill your install but better now while you're prepared so create that restore cd then
open a command prompt and type "chkdsk /r" prob need to reboot
#9
maddogb
worrying if u've run the boot sector repair
This could be a sign of hardware failure so an immediate backup is required. could just be a coincidence that your hdd has got a bad sector and this may kill your install but better now while you're prepared so create that restore cd then
open a command prompt and type "chkdsk /r" prob need to reboot

Ok I ran the chkdisc but still comes up with the error message, stramgethough as everything seems to run fine, just have to press F1 every time I boot up!
Is there anything else I should try?
#10
RESOLVED!!!
Just checked my bios again and discovered my pc was looking for a floppy drive that I don't have, disabled the option and now no more error messages...thank you everyone for the advice:thumbsup:

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