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AMIBIOS won't boot to floppy if it sees

By sublime1 ·
This is sooo wierd. I bought and re-sold a system to a friend: Pentium 233 MMX, 64M RAM, 6G HD, etc. She was surfing while listening to an audio CD on the CD-ROM - the PC froze, not responding to Alt-F4, Ctrl-ALT-Delete, or anything. She turned it off, and, on reboot, it couldn't find the boot record for the C drive. I went over and started trying to configure it out. Wierdest BIOS I ever saw - AMI, don't have the numbers on me.

Sometimes it would auto-detect the HD, but as larger capacity than it is, with 16 heads vs 15. Sometimes it would acknowledge the CD-ROM, but determine that it wasn't ATAPI compatible. It usually took a long time doing this. Other times, it zipped right through this detection process.

Anyway, the bottom line is, whether I left it with the figures it autodetected, or whether I plugged in the correct figures, when it would acknowledge both the HD and the CD-ROM (so I could proceed with FDISK, reformat, and setup from the WINDOWS 98 CD), it would finish theboot process by sear

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by SyscoKid In reply to AMIBIOS won't boot to flo ...

Your question got cut off. Have you scanned for viruses?

Is BIOS boot sequence A: then C Cuz if you get get to A: you're ok.

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by sublime1 In reply to AMIBIOS won't boot to flo ...

Can't get to A: if the BIOS acknowledges the HD; If I tell the BIOS the HD is "not installed", I can get to A: and CD-ROM, but then can't access the non-existent HD.

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by dmiles In reply to AMIBIOS won't boot to flo ...

SOUND AS THOUGH YOU HAVE A VIRUS THAT GOT TO THE BOOT SEQUENCE,RUN SCAN DISK,IF NO ERROR FOUND,RUN THE ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE AND SEE WHAT YOU GET.

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by sublime1 In reply to AMIBIOS won't boot to flo ...

Can't get to A: if the BIOS acknowledges the HD; If I tell the BIOS the HD is "not installed", I can get to A: and CD-ROM, but then can't access the non-existent HD.

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by jkozura In reply to AMIBIOS won't boot to flo ...

You need to repost your question, since it was cut off. Also, a little more information would be useful... such as whether you are using the motherboard IDE interfaces, or a card, whether you have booted the machine from a clean floppy or CDROM, etc.
Have you tried another drive in the system, or tried that drive in another system? Have you tried a new IDE cable? The drive detection should not be inconsistent, and that is a sub OS level function so you need to start with the hardware.
I have used AMI bioses in AcerOpen m/bs for years with no problems at all. They sometimes provide more features (S.M.A.R.T.) than Award on the same chipsets.
John Kozura IV
IS Manager
AICPA/PDI

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by sublime1 In reply to AMIBIOS won't boot to flo ...

Good thoughts, and I guess I'll re-post, but there goes 3000 points down the drain...

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