Diskette Drive 0 Seek failure

Dell / Dimension e521
December 29, 2009 at 14:27:28
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 MB RAM
PC crashed the night before going away for Christmas - screen scrambled up and then it would not re-boot.
Just back tonight and followed a couple of tips from an IT friend, re-seated the memory and the VGA/Display card.
Surprisingly that worked to an extent - however the message " Diskette Drive 0 Seek failure" came up - it suggested running setup via F2 which I did, changing the date to the current one from Jan 1 2003.
Exiting setup, "Boot from Cd:" came up, pressing enter brought up the boot manager and selecting windows Vista produced a normal startup
Lots of drivers were then reinstalled and as far as I can see the PC is working normally.
When I reboot, the same error comes up, F1 then produces same 'boot from CD', etc then runs normally
Can anyone suggest what is wrong and how to correct this error? (I have no diskette drives, just a CD/DVD drive which is running normally)

siandem


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#1
December 29, 2009 at 14:59:17
Try the trick prescribed by Bigane in THIS thread. Quoted:

I had the same bother and it was enabling floppy disc drive which i dont have.go to bios f2 and click on load default then go into Integral at the bottom.Click on FDC or FDS and disable it and you have cracked it

Please post back to let us know if it solved your problem.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#2
December 29, 2009 at 15:56:00
You may need to change the CMOS battery that is mounted on the motherbaord. It is a quarter sized flat silver battery. Pay attention to which side is up when removing it. The computer will run without the battery installed but you will need to reset the values each time.

You evidently are completely shutting off power to the computer with a power strip or similar device. If you leave the power cord to the computer powered you shouldn't have that problem again.

Still replace the battery though. There are other values besides the date and time that may need to be reset. Boot order, for instance.


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#3
December 29, 2009 at 18:25:25
Yeah, it's the battery. That would cause the date to reset and load bios defaults, which must have enabled the 'floppy seek' option. Then not having a floppy drive would give the seek error.

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#4
December 30, 2009 at 02:44:37
Thanks for the 3 responses
I changed the battery, and although my setup menu didn't have the options suggested by Bigane, I took all 'not present' devices (eg floppy drive and others) out of the boot sequence and then within drives switched the diskette drive to off.

Have now re-booted 2 or 3 times and all seems fine
Thanks very much

siandem


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#5
December 30, 2009 at 13:35:42
You're welcome. Thanks for posting back.

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