Solved Computer won't recognise any boot disks

June 22, 2012 at 12:20:20
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I am working on an unbranded computer that was given to me. It has no OS on it. I only have an old win95 installation cd so I've been trying to get it to recognise boot disks so I can possibly install it but it won't boot up with anything.

I've tried floppy boot disks and cds but they all return with not found, and then boot failure. It checks cd, then floppy then ide-o and then scsi but nothing is ever found.

I know the boot disk I have created can work because I have used it on another computer. Can I use the boot disk if I have nothing on this computer?

I'm probably missing out a lot of information here..


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#1
June 22, 2012 at 12:54:54
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The IDE controllers could be dead, is the cd/dvd drive and floppy recognised?

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#2
June 22, 2012 at 13:06:50
I suppose that could be it, it isn't recognising any cds in the drive or floppys. I know the previous owner didn't have any reason to use disks and I haven't until now so wouldn't have noticed. thanks for the help.

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#3
June 22, 2012 at 13:08:52
See if the drives work in another computer.

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#4
June 22, 2012 at 13:19:09
Do you mean see if the disks work in another computer? Sorry I don't really understand what you mean..I must sound completely clueless... I know the disks work in other computers. How would I see if the drives work with another computer?

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#5
June 22, 2012 at 13:30:07
By drives i mean the actual thing that you put the disks into, like CD drive or floppy drive, like you put the disks into the drive (example), if you still don't understand then tell me.

If you have another working desktop or a spare desktop test both floppy and cd drives on them, you have to open the unbranded computer and take the drives out by taking the front cover off which is usually held on by plastic clips and then connect them to a working computer using the IDE cable, the floppy cable (which is smaller than the normal IDE), the working computer should have the white/translucent 4 pin power connectors, connect them up, turn on the computer than put the disks in the drive and see if they work.

Or watch this- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIG7...


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#6
June 22, 2012 at 13:39:26
Oh right okay, I understand. I'll try it tomorrow and see how it goes. Thanks for all the help and I'll take a look at the video too :)

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#7
June 22, 2012 at 14:42:24
Check the boot order in the BIOS (setup) screens. If you have a floppy drive then set the boot order to floppy, CD, hard drive.

If the computer is new enough to have a SATA hard drive then you will have issues installing anything older than Vista.

Post the full model of the computer. If you mean custom assembled by unbranded, then post the motherboard model off the printed circuit board. Usually somewhere near the edge.


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#8
June 22, 2012 at 16:33:48
Just to clarify, can you see the contents of a floppy in Windows?

You should be able to at least do that, even if it is not the first boot drive.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
July 1, 2012 at 12:16:37
I've haven't got any form of windows on this computer, but I can see the contents on another computer with windows.

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#10
July 1, 2012 at 13:59:27
Sorry, my error, I now missed where you said you had no Windows in your first post.

Did you follow up the suggestions in post #7?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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