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Posted on Friday, May 31, 2002 - 9:47 am:   

Hello, I've been working on installing a new hd for a friend. i installed win98se on the hd while is was attached to my computer. once the os was installed i attached the hd to his computer. when the computer starts up the i have the option to enter bios, after that screen a black screen with a flashing cursor comes up. i can't type anything at this cursor. so i must turn off the computer. i tried to use the start up disk and basically the same thing happens. the floppy tries to read the disk and then this same screen comes up. the jumpers are set to master so i don't think this is a problem.

i have noticed that the floppy dirve light won't go off. the cables seem to installed correctly. this is probably the biggest sign.
other things that i don't know about if his motherboard is able to run on a 10gb hd.
the computer is a old hp. 75mhz old hd was less than a gb.

thanks, kellin
Posted on Friday, May 31, 2002 - 10:47 am:   

Sounds like the bios doesn't like the 10 gig HDD. depending on the brand of harddrive you may have an option of a disk overlay which will allow the drive to be used in an older system. If you can get in the bios and look for an option to boot from SCSI and you have a PCI slot available you could also try an ATA controller for the harddrive as it will not be hampered by the bios constraints of the older HP computer.
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2002 - 8:18 am:   

thanks for the response. i tried putting in a ATA controller. know a new error is coming up. the error says floppy drive has an error. i tried attaching the floppy cable both ways on the pins and the same error came up. the floppy light stays on the whole time. i'm able to get into the bios, but the computer doesn't have a scsi port so i don't know what you meant there.


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