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non system disc error
qtrscalrac Aug-07-01 05:38 AM
Me again guys (and gals). Unfortunately all efforts have failed , I cannot get past the disc error. Light does not come on at all, swapped drive and cable, reset CMOS as if drive did not exist and unplugged drive. Drive does not recognize Win 98 boot disc. Anything else I can try before I condemn the motherboard?

1. RE: non system disc error
lbyard Aug-07-01 07:24 AM
In response to message 0
The floppy drive is dead?

Q. Why is the floppy drive is not ready even though I put a disk in (A:\ is not accessible)?

A. Be sure the Standard BIOS Setup is set correctly for your floppy drive (most are 3 1/2 inch, 1.44 MB). If you have more than one floppy drive, check to see if you have Floppy Drive swapping Enabled in CMOS. Are the floppies write protected; i.e., when looking at the back of the floppy with the metal door down, the little tab in the rectangular hole at the top, left of the floppy blocks light. In the Windows Explorer, right-click the floppy drive and format the floppy with the transfer system files option selected. Try another floppy drive. Replace the floppy cable. Sometimes they get nicked. If the floppy drive LED stays on all of the time, you have the flat cable plugged in backwards on either the motherboard or drive; the red stripe goes to pin 1. You could have a bad box of floppies. Try one of the suspect floppies in another computer after running a virus scan on them. Throw away that magnetic screwdriver. They are banned in my shop.

Try another power supply 3 1/2" drive connector, if there is one. Larry

2. RE: non system disc error
waddy Aug-07-01 10:38 AM
In response to message 1
As Larry knows , i went through ##### with this error ... with an ABIT KT7A -Raid

What motherboard is it ?

I tried everything new floppy drives, new disks, cables etc etc, no luck ..

sent the motherboard back , got an ASUS A7A266 , had it up and running in an hour ....

4. RE: non system disc error
lbyard Sep-02-01 03:31 PM
In response to message 2
Please do not start a new thread on the same problem. Here is the text from your most recent post:
"On startup, am getting the message "Invalid system disc" just after the system configuration screen displays. Have tried previous suggestions, but I origionally wrote that it was a non-system disc error. Have sub'ed a 3 1/2 drive and a known good hard drive and tried different cables. I can use 'delete' key to get to bios, but I can't get to a DOS prompt or a startup menu.
Any additional suggestions?

6. RE: non system disc error
lbyard Sep-02-01 03:34 PM
In response to message 4
Try changing the CMOS so the hard disk is the first boot device and set the Standard Setup so the hard disk is set to auto... assuming the hard disk boots on another computer. Larry

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