|Hello all and thanks for the responses. Yes I got the A: and B: drive back and here is how I did it.|
When I went in the BIOS settings I could not change anything about the A; and B: drive this seemed funny.
Also, the current date showing in the bios was 5-19-2005, so I figured the clock battery dead and need to change it.
Went on to try several other things suggested...no response.
Today, I went back into BIOS and the date read 5-20-2005. Wow, this told me the battery was NOT dead even though its been in since 1992. Go figure.
Now I am no spring chicken...I have been around for some time and in the recesses of my little grey cells I remembered something about Heat Creep where after so many years pc components which fit into sockets will loosen and try to come out of the socket ....so I figured the controller card must have done that. I pulled it and it was in REAL tight. However, when I pulled the card I could then clearly see the ami bios chip next to it and it was also in a socket so I pushed down on it. Bingo...it snaped down into the socket from about half way out. You can guess what happened next...I put it all back together and booted up to A: and B: drive working.
Had I not remembered about that heat creep I would never have pulled the controller card and never seen the ami bios chip.
So there it is for anyone in the future who may have a similar problem.
I want to thank everyone who responded, the time when your in doubt and you know someone is there who will try and help is the difference between success and failure and I credit everyones response as an "assist" for me finding the final solution.
Thank you all........Kent