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Yes you are correct, it did and then I realised that the setting UDMA was correct.

You have actually posted the message three times. It is only necessary to click POST once and then wait., for it to appear.

What letter is the ram drive loaded to and do any other drive letters offer a response.
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The only other drive letter shows is B: and it's the same as A:
When I type B: the response is insert disk in drive B: If I hit enter
it shows the floppy as drive B: (flips between A: and B:).
I'm starting to think when the University wiped the hard drive they totally ruined it.

My computer hung up when I was posting my last response. That's why 3 times posted.
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On system setup what is shown here
Memory Information — Indicates amount of installed memory, computer memory speed, amount of video memory, size of the display cache, and channel mode (dual or single).
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The image is the motherboard

Go back to my post 4 and your reply 5, The connection for the HDD is 5 on the image. Is the cable that connects the drive to IDE1, as shown in my post 4 or does it just have the one connector at each end..







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Not sure which model of Optiplex you have it may look like this

System Board Components
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Edited by Macboatmaster, 19 June 2011 - 01:59 PM.

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My mother board is as in your 2nd image.
The cable has 2 connectors labled HDD1(connected to the hard drive)
and the 2nd one is labled HHD2 ZIP connected to an internal zip drive.
The zip drive was disconnected. Sorry I didn't notice that before.
I connected it and rebooted to the floppy drive with the same results.
Only drive A and B are recognized. B seems to be a mirror of A.
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Leave the zipdrive connected. Enter setup is it shown. If so is the primary master still shown. Is there a detection mode for these drives - Auto or Manual. If there is set to Auto.

Now try again and see if we can get either a boot to CD, with the XP CD in.
Or a boot to the Win98 floppy and if it does not show C. does it show D E F or G.

If not disconnect the Zip drive, and again go back to setup checking that the HDD is set on Auto detection.

If this still produces no result and we cannot get to that drive, then you have little choice but to try the other computer, I think you say you bought two.
OR take the drive out of this computer, connect it in an enclosure to another computer, see if it is then seen and if so format it and see where we go from there.

NOT KNOWING how those drives are arranged and you saying it is jumpered cable select, the HDD is on the master connector is it.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 19 June 2011 - 02:49 PM.

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I now have a drive X:
It shows :

autorun
docs
I386
Readme
setup
support
Valueadd
win51
win51IP
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Make CD first boot device., in setup. Save changes and exit normally F10
Boot from the XP CD
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It won't boot to the CD.
I have to leave for awhile (couple hrs)
Thanks
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Referring to my post 22.

I now have a drive X:
It shows :

autorun
docs
I386
Readme
setup
support
Valueadd
win51
win51IP


which of the options is this with please.
and what is that drive shown as in setup

It won't boot to the CD.


Any message.
Such as press any key to boot from cd.
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You asked about memory info. and I forgot to answer.
Installed Memory - 512MB DDR SDRAM
Memory speed - 400MHZ
System channel - Single
AGP Aperature - 128MB

I get drive X: when booting to DOS from the floppy drive.
This is with the ZIP drive connected. Yes the ZIP drive shows in setup
as the Primary Slave Drive. The Primary Master drive, Primary Slave Drive,
and Secondary Master drive are all set to Auto. All of these drives are
recognized in setup.
Drive X is shown on the DOS screen when booting from the floppy as follows
Drive X: = Driver MSCD001 unit 0
I can change to the X drive and that is where I get the directory listing
that I posted.

I just tried setting OS Install mode to ON and set the CD-ROM drive as the
only boot device. I get an error message stating the amount of system memory
has changed. Amount of available memory is limited to 256MB.
I don't know if that is important at this point or not.
Thanks for your help.
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Check the seating of the ram sticks, there is a small clip usually white or grey colured at the end of each slot , these clips must be located in the slots at the ends of the ram card.
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That drive X is the CD drive, so you must have had the CD in to have been able to see what is on it.
With the CD in and booting from the floppy try this

Here's how to do it:

  • Start the computer with your chosen boot disk.
  • Change to the cdrom drive. that is in this case X
  • Go into the \i386 directory on the cdrom.
  • Run WINNT.EXE to begin the install proces

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That drive X is the CD drive, so you must have had the CD in to have been able to see what is on it.
With the CD in and booting from the floppy try this

Here's how to do it:

  • Start the computer with your chosen boot disk.
  • Change to the cdrom drive. that is in this case X
  • Go into the \i386 directory on the cdrom.
  • Run WINNT.EXE to begin the install proces


I get this message :

An internal setup error has occured
Could not find a place for a swap file
Setup cannot continue. Press ENTER to exit.
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