I have a most unusual double problem with a Dell Dimension L866r. The two problems are as follows:
(1) On startup it stops and says :
“A: Drive Error
Press <del> to resume”
When ‘Delete’ is pressed to continue. goes to,
“Invalid Boot Diskett
Insert Boot diskett in A:”
I removed the hard drive and it still did the same. Then, I disconnected the “A” drive and reset CMOS to boot on CDROM only, but it still did the same. I then switched RAM memory, but it still did the same.
(2) I took the Hard Drive and put it in a working machine, and it would start up, but then go right back to boot up. I checked the HD with Winternals ERD Commander. It said no corrupt files found. Then I did a ‘restore’ using Winternals ERC Commander, but this did not help.
Details on Dell Dimension L866r:
Runs under Windows XP Prof., has 192 RAM, CPU = Intel ® Pentium ® III, 866 Mhz.