CD (Drive D) and Hard Drive are on the same ribbon cable. Drive A had its own cable so I bought a new cable with a second connector for the (new) 5 1/4 drive. The drive was installed on the first connector and Drive A connected to the end terminal.
When I rebooted, the new drive was not recognized and I receive an Error 02B2 - Incorrect Drive Type A - Run Setup. In Setup everything SEEMS to be OK with appropriate drive designations. Changing the boot sequence doesn't change anything. By hitting ESC the boot continues.
I decided to transfer my data to the external HD, FDISK, Partition, and Format the HD and Logical Drives and use default BIOS Values to "get rid of the error". NOT!!
Then the fun begins - Drive A is still not recognized (or, at least the error is still there!). I can run no disks on Drive A. I have a bootable CD but WIN98 freezes during SETUP. As soon as the display "SETUP IS NOW COPYING FILES IT NEEDS.....) completes, everything dies in place with the hourglass cursor still happily blinking. The DRIVE A light stays on - no others are active during the freeze. I have watched for > an hour, rebooted, restarted ad infinitum.
In addition to the above I have checked the power supply, all ribbon cable connections, blown dust, had my hard drive tested - OK - (removed the 5 1/4 drive, of course), replaced the ribbon cable with the original, disconnected everthing and reconnected one at a time, checked the CMOS battery - OK - time and date are stable. Played games with F1/SETUP, went back to original defaults. I have attempted but cannot get to Safe Mode - (don't see any clues when or what key to hit)
I did not realize that WIN98 would not recognize the older drive but have been told that Win95 or Win3.1 would have done so - I don't know.
My questions - How can I get rid of the ERROR 02B2 and get Drive A working?
What next to try to reinstall Win98?
I only have Win3.1 on 3 1/2 floppies (as soon as everythign is running I will put it on CD).
I can't load DOS to install Windows over that.
I have a repair disk which will boot and start Win98 Installation but doesn't go beyond the freeze and I can't manually install the files from that CD.
Any suggestions - would be most appreciative!!