Floppy diskette seek failure dell e/310

December 14, 2010 at 19:28:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have two of these pcs with same fault. The primary pc had this fault for about 6 months but hit f1 and pc seems to act normally. The backup pc started this about a week ago and I checked on the drives in the utility mode and changed the bios a bit. Then it would start up ok if I again hit f1 upon startup. My research shows it might be warning signs of a hard drive failure.
the reason for two pcs is in case one crashes. I backup weekly to a flash drive on the primary pc just in case so I don't lose the information for my customers as I run an auto repair shop.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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December 14, 2010 at 20:12:58
Have you ever replaced the cmos battery in these?

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December 14, 2010 at 21:12:49
"Floppy diskette seek failure" appears to be a Dell bios ONLY message.
You get it when the bios is not finding a floppy drive while booting.

It has nothing to do with whether there is a floppy disk in a floppy drive.

Other bios versions have a more accurate message, such as "Floppy drive failure" or similar, for the same situation.

You get that message if a floppy drive is (enabled) in your Boot Order or similar list, and if
- there is no floppy drive connected

- there is a floppy drive connected but....

- there is problem with it's data cable
- it's data cable is connected, there is no problem with it, but it's power connecter is not connected, or it's not connected properly
- the floppy drive is connected properly but it's damaged

hit F2 at start up

arrow down to DRIVES and click enter

arrow down to DISKETTE DRIVE and hit enter

arrow to OFF and enter

Hit ESC key highlight save/exit and enter

"Have you ever replaced the cmos battery in these?"

If your Cmos battery is too weak, the Time and Date in the bios will be set to defaults whenever you boot the computer after having shut down the system.

If the default setting in the bios Boot Order or similar list enables a floppy drive, then that will be set to it's default setting too.
The same thing can happen in that situation if you load bios defaults even when your Cmos battery is okay.

Dell™ Dimension™ 3100/E310 Service Manual

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