Why does replacingg cmos battery create a floppy drive

January 15, 2019 at 03:08:29
Specs: Windows 7
I replaced the battery inDELL VOSTRO WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE.But when I start it says it cannot boot to press F1 to continue Which it the loads windows But I find II know have a floppy drive showing as a boot device but I never had a floppy it shows on my Computer display
along with the cd drives etc I went into the system to change boot drive but there is only floppy showing and no ay to remove it

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#1
January 15, 2019 at 08:05:22
Seems you lost BIOS settings. You need to go into BIOS and set your HDD as first drive. If a floppy is shown disable it.

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#2
January 15, 2019 at 09:03:52
The battery is what holds the BIOS settings in memory. Once the battery is removed, all the settings revert to their defaults. You should enter the BIOS, adjust the date/time & then review every setting & make adjustments as necessary. Be sure to save your changes when you exit.

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#3
January 16, 2019 at 05:43:51
There is the problem it only shows floppy and no way to disable it I think I might need to wipe and re install

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#4
January 16, 2019 at 07:12:44
"There is the problem it only shows floppy and no way to disable it I think I might need to wipe and re install"

NO. Wiping & reinstalling Windows will NOT change the BIOS. In fact, if your drives aren't being properly recognized, you won't be able to reinstall Windows anyway. What you need to do is enter the BIOS & review every single setting & change them as necessary. Then Save & Exit.

You didn't provide the full model number of your Dell, but have a look at this: https://www.dell.com/support/manual... Notice the menu choices on the left in the screenshot. You should check ALL of them.

I forgot to ask - what prompted you to change the CMOS battery in the 1st place?

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#5
January 16, 2019 at 10:08:36
Your initial post is a tad confusing. You say the computer loads windows yet it only shows a floppy drive. If there is no hard drive than it cannot possibly be loading windows.

Are you able to get into BIOS or not? This is a picture of a typical BIOS (not yours):
http://www.playtool.com/pages/biosf...
Is this the sort of thing you are seeing?

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#6
January 16, 2019 at 14:45:38
A wee point of clarification (at risk of pedantry).

The cmos battery provides constant power to a wee small memory module, which is where the configuration of the computer is saved. That battery ensures the data relating to how the computer is configured - setup in terms of installed drives and boot order, as well as date/time - is saved even when mains power is removed. That data is used to allow the computer to boot up as per user setup/configuration.

When that battery fails the user defined settings are lost, and the system returns to preset defaults; which may well be quite different from those previously stored - date/time included.


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#7
January 16, 2019 at 15:46:47
Dell Vostro 4100 replaced battery as it failed noticed when date and time were always wrong when I turned on computer Had to turn it off while away for a while in Africa
Now when it starts uop it says on black screen

Diskette drive 0 seek failure
Press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup

When I enter set up I have tried to disable floppy drive but there is no option to do so I have tried changing every other drive to be main set up or even disabled all and only left one enabled till I worked through them all but no change same message every time sio I have just been pressing F!


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#8
January 16, 2019 at 16:19:59
Can you change the boot order to put the HDD ahead of this strange floppy?

Only other option is to reset to defaults although I don't usually rush into that idea in case there are some special settings necessary.

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#9
January 16, 2019 at 16:35:34
Press F2 to enter Setup. Tab over to the Boot Tab. What do you see?

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#10
January 17, 2019 at 09:41:41
All BIOS menus are different. We can't see what you're seeing on your screen but I guarantee the floppy setting is there somewhere, you just have to find it. That's why I said you have to run thru every single setting on the left side of the BIOS menu. That's assuming it looks like the screenshot I posted in response #4.

BTW, I could not find a Vostro 4100, did you mean 1400?
https://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAyNFgx...


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#11
January 17, 2019 at 20:54:25
On many BIOS screens the hard drives are listed on two separate tabs or screens. On one tab is the boot order, On the other tab is the list of all drives and HERE is where you select which drives are set as BOOTABLE. Here you set the hard drive as bootable as well as the CD/DVD drive and even your USB port and where you unselect the floppy as bootable. THEN you go to the boot order and choose which drives are in what order. You can put the windows containing hard drive as first but the more common method is to put the optical drive as first (or the USB 'drive' if you do not have a built in optical drive) and the hard drive second. It will default to the hard drive if there is not bootable media on the first (removable) drive.

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#12
January 17, 2019 at 21:21:40
As already mentioned press F2.
"When the DELL logo appears, press <F2> immediately. If you wait too long and the Microsoft® Windows® logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Windows desktop, then shut down your computer and try again."

Note: Your Floppy drive is called Diskette.

"The Boot Order page displays a general list of the bootable devices that may be installed in your computer, including but not limited to the following:
• Diskette Drive
• Internal HDD"

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