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change diskette drive 0 failure..tried everything How to?

April 29, 2017 at 09:13:09
Specs: Windows Vista
vista home premium on dell inspiron 5305 won't let me change bootup priority. Diskette drive 0 failure. Boot options is always floppy diskette...tried everything. It won't give me options for it being at the beginning of the list and won't move up or down the list. Must always press F1 or F2. Even going to F8 or F12 won't change it. How?

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April 29, 2017 at 09:17:00
I had to reinstall due to error from tuneup w/avast which somehow prevented my computer from booting again. I tried everything and finally re-installed..angry!...Anyway now I can't change the bios at all with the top boot option being floppy disk and it does not give options for changing position or deleting it. I have IE 9 and service pack 2 for Vista home premium.

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April 29, 2017 at 09:24:10
The operating system (Vista) has nothing to do with the BIOS. There is no Inspiron 5305 so I'm guessing you mean 530S? To enter the BIOS (System Setup), you must tap the F2 key when the Dell logo appears, then tap it again:

Do you have a wired or wireless keyboard? You didn't happen to reset the BIOS, did you? TOO many people think it's the magic fix.

Instructions are on the BIOS screen for how to select, move, save, etc.

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April 29, 2017 at 09:34:04
Thank you for replying..yes 530S is correct. Keyboard is wired. Even on booting into the F keys the floppy diskette is still unmovable from it's top position and gives no options to move or delete. I am not a techie so I rely on info from others on net and so far nothing has fixed it. Also, when I do go into F2 w/password entered it gives me 2 options to vista and windows vista home premium but will only recognize the first not home premium. I used my factory disk to reinstall and tried the "repair option" twice and went through all options before re-installing. Confused

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April 29, 2017 at 09:38:14
re: resetting the bios..I tried to I am afraid but I always select default for each page and F10 to save in case I did something wrong. Is it harmful to just keep allowing F1 and F2 to be displayed if I can't fix it?

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April 29, 2017 at 09:42:48
I did install the Intel (R) Driver Update Utility 2.7.2 since I was informed that I needed to from my computer or from avast or somewhere. I am so confused now from trying so many things before I found this site. Thanks again

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April 29, 2017 at 09:49:13
You evidently have installed Vista twice. Only one instance is active. Fixing that issue may be un-necessary. Once you have succeeded in changing the boot order post back if the computer selects the wrong version of Vista and won't start up.

To your knowledge, do you have more than one hard disk installed in your computer? You can check that by looking in Windows Disk Management.

The method used to change the boot order varies with different BIOS brands and versions. Some are NOT very intuitive. Try Highlighting the CD drive and then use the UP/DN arrows on your keyboard to move the selection up of down. That said, IF you have a floppy drive that drive should be skipped if no floppy is in the drive. You MAY also be able to disable the floppy drive in the BIOS settings.

If the above method doesn't allow you to change the order then read the screen instructions while in the BIOS for help.

Setting for default is not the best choice. Having to enter the BIOS screens is an annoyance but shouldn't harm anything. The memory in use during that procedure can eventually fail due to excessive cycles, but I doubt that will happen. You should be able to change the order.

I recommend setting the boot order for CD/DVD drive first, then the hard drive containing the operating system second, then other devices next.

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April 29, 2017 at 11:16:08
If you choose default on every BIOS page, you ARE resetting the're just doing it the hard way. Regardless, as OtheHill stated, Defaults are not [always] the best choice.

Does you computer even have a floppy drive? I'm guessing it doesn't because if there was one, the system would simply check for it, then move on to the next device in the boot order. You probably enabled the floppy when you selected Default on one of the BIOS menu pages, now the system thinks there actually is one & when it doesn't find it, it stops & prompts you to press a key to continue. You need to find the floppy setting & disable it. Unfortunately, Dell used numerous different BIOS menu layouts over the years so it's difficult to tell you where to look.

To change the boot order, use the arrow keys to highlight the floppy, then press + or - to move it up or down in the order. Use the + or - on the keypad, NOT the + or - next to Backspace. As an alternate, try Page Up or Page Down. Press F10 to save.

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