Windows 98 RPL-ROM-FFC

March 11, 2009 at 15:41:30
Specs: Windows Vista
I have gone on different sites and have followed the following steps: 1-Go to BIOS and set S.M.A.R.T to Enable 2- Checked IDE jumpers is on Cable select (on back of hard drive or am i wrong here) 3-BIOS and configurations set 1st boot device to IDE-0, 2nd boot device to Floppy, and third boot device to CDROM ( Set HDD to cable select and make sure HDD has boot priority over network. )This I am un sure of and 1 more thing when i start the computer it says its not detecting primary,secondary master or the secondary slave. I have even tried to set to F7- which is Best performance values still i get the not detected message and the RPL-ROM-FFC count down and then it asked for the boot disk which by the way does nothing when you put it in , it just says its not found.HELP please i am recently taking a comp class but not far enough advanced to know how to do anything so any help would be greatly welcomed, Thank u so confused.

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#1
March 11, 2009 at 15:56:10
What was going on before this? Was the system working fine or is this a new install/change of some equipment?

And what drives do you have connected?


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#2
March 11, 2009 at 16:16:34
OK, I don't know why you are configuring anything so an explanation would be helpful.

To address a couple of things you mentioned.

First, if you have two IDE drives on the same cable you MUST either use CS (cable select) on BOTH, of use Master on one and Slave on the other. When using Master/slave settings it doesn't matter which connector on the cable you use. That can be advantageous when routing cables. When using CS the drive connected to the end of the cable is always the Master.

Next, the boot order. There is no advantage to placing floppy & CD after the hard drive, IMO. I configure this way.

Floppy, CD, hard drive. If you wish you can make the first boot device disabled. That way, if you do need to boot to a floppy drive you can just make ONE change in the boot order. Some folks are in such a hurry they can't wait the extra 8 seconds The POST takes to check for disks in those first boot devices.

However, if for some reason you can't enter the BIOS to change the boot order and need to boot to floppy or CD you will be glad you set it that way.

Some folks don't have any faith in SMART. I feel it has some value and I enable it.

Is the computer in question part of a business network? If not where would you ever boot to a network device? The message you get is an attempt to boot to a netwrk device.

This is most likely caused by improper jumper settings or cabling. The IDE controller you are connecting the cable to must be enabled in the BIOS. That may or may not be the current status.

One other thing to mention. If you have not partitioned, formatted and installed an OS to it, you can't boot to a hard drive.


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#3
March 11, 2009 at 16:17:40
- use master or slave jumper settings, not cable select (see below)
- set boot order as floppy, CD-ROM, HDD

You didn't state how many IDE devices you have, but here's the best configurations:

2 devices (1 HDD, 1 optical):

primary master = HDD w/OS
primary slave = none
2ndary master = optical drive
2ndary slave = none

3 devices (1 HDD, 2 optical)

primary master = HDD w/OS
primary slave = optical drive (reader)
2ndary master = optical drive (writer)
2ndary slave = none

3 devices (2 HDD, 1 optical)

primary master = HDD w/OS
primary slave = none
2ndary master = optical drive
2ndary slave = HDD2

4 devices (2 HDD, 2 optical)

primary master = HDD w/OS
primary slave = optical drive (reader)
2ndary master = optical drive (writer)
2ndary slave = HDD2


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