I have an XP disk ready t install and a floppy that will get me to a DOS prompt
FDISK reports no fixed drives and trying to chage to D: so I can run "setup" gives me "invalid drive"
So, restart, F2 for BIOS and choosing the IDE setup catagory it freezes at "Auto-Detecting Primary Master"
I have the HDD not jumpered per the sticker on the HD that says this is the master setting when there are no "slaves" present.
I have had it on the end and on teh "middle" IDE cable connector and have tried a couple differet power leads.
I have also swaped IDE cables from the one that the CD is using
It does spin up when the PC starts up.
The CD is on the secondary IDE
If I disconnect the power or the IDE cable from the HD the BIOS will imediately offer to skip this drive and puts all zeros in the cyl/sectors/heads etc fields
So it sees something there when its connected but just gets stuck recognizing what it is.