|Me again... Well THAT did not work! With the 80GB HD connected, and the floppy disconnected, and 1 CD drive only, the PC would not boot-up. I reconnected the Floppy, then it would boot.|
I went into the BIOS settings and made changes to read that the CD drive be read first, the floppy second and the HD third. Did the f-10 save and exit. Did a re-boot.
The computer came up (I had put the XP Home CD in the CD drive).... Guess what?.... it did not boot-up off of the CD!
If I have a Windows 95 start-up disk in the loppy Drive it will boot to that though??
But if I insert a Windows 98 Boot-up Disk (3.5 floppy) it will give the error message "BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".
If I hit the enter key (and the XP disk is still in the CD drive), and I ejected the floppy (the Win 98 3.5) from the floppy drive expecting the PC to look at the CD drive and "BOOT" from the XP CD in the drive, I get the SAME ERROR MESSAGE again "BOO FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"
WHAT THE HECK??
Remember here... I have a newly partitioned and formatted HD (blank-NO files yet).
My thought is that the HD drive needs something fo it to be recognized.
With the Win 95 disk in the floppy, I get a A:/ prompt, a B:/ prompt but no "C" drive prompt (if I type C: at the A:\> I get this message "Invalid drive specification"
If I type B: I get a B:\> prompt??? And if I type DIR at the B prompt I have the same 16 files listed that are on the A drive (Win 95 diskette) Why??
WHERE IS "C" DRIVE? WHERE IS the CD Drive.... Neither are found when they are typed in after the A:\> prompt.... WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
In the "old days" I recall that the files OAKCDROM SYS, AND MSCDEX EXE HAD TO BE INSTALLED FIRST IN ORDER FOR THE CD DRIVE TO WORK? Am I right? (I can these files are part of the 16 files listed on the Win 95 Floppy here).
So how do I get the darned system to recognize the CD drive and the Hard Drive ?
HELP HELP HELP