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Getting a bit of a workout, method?

what's on the screen now?
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the A drive lights up and makes noise then the screen says that No fixed disk present and A:\> is blinking at the bottom, nothng elese.
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It's telling us that there isn't a hard drive in the machine... :tazz: Are the cables hooked to the hard drive?

We might have to go back into BIOS and set the drives to Auto Detect.... :)
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the wires look okay, does it have any thng to do with the partition not being set up?
I am getting my work out for the day. and the next day. lol
if its getting to late for you let me know i can meet you here tomorrow sometime.
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It is getting kinda late, but let's check something first.

Go back into BIOS by pressing F1 or whichever key it is you have to use on your machine. There should be a spot in there that lists all of your drives...is your hard drive listed? It would be listed as Primary Master.
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I was playing with it a bit and it said that it doesn't have a fat32 system to reconize.

this is how its listed:
ATA(PI) type size LBA mode 32bit mode Block mode
Primary master hardDisk 10246MB LBA ON 16sec

Theres a bit more if you need to know but thats how it show up on screen
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Look around a bit more and see if it is set to "Auto" detect. For some reason it's not showing up when we try for look at the partitions.
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any Idea where to look? :tazz:
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Hang on...I'll boot my 98 machine into BIOS and see whare it is on that one...it's been a while... :tazz:
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Alrighty then...Use the arrow keys to select the Primary Master and press Enter.

Depending on the version of BIOS you have on the machine, it should tell you there. Try using the + or - keys to change the settings...some available settings would be "User", "IDE Removable", "Auto"...etc. Select "Auto" and press whatever keys you need to press to save the setting...usually F10 (I sure wish they would standardize BIOS settings)

Let me know what you find...
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if i let the Bios screen come up what ever button i hit it makes clicking sounds from the internal speaker but at start up if I hit escape it runs the floppy and then I have 3 choices.
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And what are those choices?
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Start with cd rom
start with out cd rom and
command prompt
the only one that will get any where is the start without cd rom but it list all sorts of techinal stuff that I have no clue of
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This is where we need to press Shift and F5.... :tazz:
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i did that them a: comes up ad I type fdisk then it said no fixed disk present
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