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fran a would be geek

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I've had a problem with my system and elected to wipe my hard drive. When I attempted to reinstall my system it would not reboot. I received an erra mesage " Floppy disk(s) fail (40). After striking the return key a PCI listing came up and the cursor stay's on blinking. I need some help to try and solve this problem. HELP !!!!

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Neil Jones

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This message means what it says.
An error with the floppy disk drive. Either its dead, become unplugged (power plug or data cable) or the controller on the board's failed (unlikely but possible). Alternatively the computer's been told to look for a floppy that isn't there, in which case change it in the BIOS.

Take the side off the case, unplug the computer and see if the floppy is connected properly and securely.
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In addition to what Neil Young says, it's very easy to connect the data cable for most floppies backwards, in which case that error will occur.
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In addition to what Neil Young says, it's very easy to connect the data cable for most floppies backwards, in which case that error will occur.


Who's Neil Young? :)

Connecting the data cable backwards does not generate this error. The sign of a cable connected the wrong way round is the access light is on permanently.
This error only occurs when the drive actually fails or isn't connected at all, data or power.
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