|Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 12:58 pm: |
I have two Win98 machines that when I turn them on say "SYSTEM BOOT FAILURE: INSERT SYSTEM DISK". Well I insert the Win98 boot disk and wait for it to load. At the A:/, I type fdisk just like I have so many times before, only this time it says "No fixed disk present." Any ideas?
|Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 1:36 pm: |
i'd go into the bios and check to see if it sees a hard drive at all. if not, possible drive failure is suspect or cabling. either that, or a motherboard component might be kaput.
|Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 1:42 pm: |
Does the hard drive need replaced by any chance? I replaced the hard drive on a different machine with the same problem and it works fine now, but I would like to get out of this without buying anything (if possible).
|Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 2:05 pm: |
possibly, check the bios first. but you should be able to take it to another computer and install it, see if the bios on that machine recognizes it. if it does, change the cable on the pc it was on. then if it still doesn't, i'd suspect the motherboard or bios is at fault. there are tools to check the drive, from the manufacturer, i suppose, but if you can't get it recognized at all, to even try to repair it with their tools, then it's not going to do much good.