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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 4:56 pm:   

Just purchased abit sa6r (raid) mobo, Pentium III 733 mhz pc133, SDRAM: 156 (133), and maxtor 7200 40 gig hd. Have read and re-read manuals, am reasonably sure I have hardware connected properly, jumpers set, etc. No PCI cards or video card attached, ONLY floppy and hard drive. Have read and re-read settings recommendations for BIOS and BIOS detects hard drive (access mode set to LBA), says it sees the floppy, CPU and RAM: all settings *seem* to be correct. First boot device is floppy, second is HD0. IDE controller is enabled. When system is powered on, it runs thru CPU detection, IDE etc, then PCI device listing (looks correct), then "verifying DMI Pool Data.....", (which sometimes says "update success" afterwards but makes no difference. Error msg appears: "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". I am unclear what system disk it means, have tried several disks including regular windows boot disk as well as Maxblast bootdisk, none of which helped. I am not sure if floppy is even being read. Also flashed CMOS twice. I will take any suggestions at all, Thanks!
Katy R (Catsidea)
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 5:09 pm:   

I would check your ribbons to your floppy and HD. If you are sure they are connected correctly,with the #1 pin in the correct position, swap them off with another, so be sure that the ribbon itself is not bad. Were you ever able to access the HD to format it and set up DOS partitions (if you need them for your OS)? If you have never got the floppy to work so you could run the MaxBlast disk, your HD is probably not ready to go. Seeing the floppy in the BIOS can sometimes just mean it knows a ribbon is connected to the MB, it does not always mean it is seeing the floppy drive itself. Is the floppy's light flashing as the system powers up? You should hear it spinning the disk when it tries to access it for boot. Hope you get it working!
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 5:32 pm:   

Thanks Katy...Yes the floppy disk spins and the light flashes, although as of yet I still havent gotten a response from a bootdisk of any kind. I did switch out the HDD cable and didnt seem to make a difference. I will try floppy cable, although its brand new, and the only other one I have is 6 years old; but I know that one works! I am wondering if a CMOS setting is wrong, although I have gone through the manual, I know that manuals have been known to be wrong too sometimes.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 6:15 pm:   

Dear Wulfie,
I have had similar problems and in my case it was as simple as the floppy boot disk not containing all the necessary files. Your error msg is asking for a system disk and that usually means a floppy boot disk. If no success you could try resetting your cmos and bios back to standard or default.
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2001 - 7:44 pm:   

*sigh* thanks Rob...I have reset cmos twice already...and Im positive floppy has all sys files needed...along with fdisk, etc. Please keep racking brains? Thanks anyone who answers!
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2001 - 1:59 pm:   

If you have access to another system to try your Boot Disk on or possibly another Boot Disk borrowed from someone with the same operating system as yours, I would try them and see if either works. Be sure that you can see the proper partitions in fdisk and that you have formatted the drive. It really sounds to me that your boot disk does not have the correct files.
Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2001 - 7:25 am:   

Thanks everyone, I finally figured it out: Katy was the closest, cuz the (brand new) floppy itself turns out to be shorted: I plugged in my 6 yr old floppy and it booted right up, was able to finally fdisk and partition, load os, etc. Thanks for all your help!
Posted on Friday, June 8, 2001 - 3:29 pm:   

Please help!! Computer freezes after a saying: Verifying DMI Pool Data and will not go any further. Does anyone know how to solve this? We can't do anything. Thanks.

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