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Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 1:28 am:   

Having a few problems with quite an old PC that i have been given. For some reason its not picking up the hard drive. Originaly when it was first turned on there were several error messages:

1) CPU Unworkable or has been changed
2) Master Boot Failure
3) Slave Boot Failure

Now i've managed to get it to boot to DOS without any of these error messages (eventually!). The master HD was only 528MB - so i've taken that out and changed the jumper settings on the Slave to make it the Master as its bigger.

Only problem is now is the PC can't see the HD - when installing Win98 it says "No Fixed Device Found" - someone suggested it needed to be setup for FAT32 - but if i can't access the HD, then i don't know how to do this.

Any help would be much appreciated!
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 8:17 am:   

If the drive is detected in bios than boot to dos via a floppy disk with copied to it and run the DOS FDISK utility to partition it. Than you can format to FAT32 and install the operating system.
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 2:55 am:   

Tried that but for some reason FDISK can't see the HD either...hmmm...maybe the jumpers aren't set right, bad thing is the HD doesn't have the little diagram on to show me how the jumpers should be setup! guess i'll have to find out what type of HD it is and try and find the correct setup
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 2:56 am:   

Sorry! forgot to say thanks for your help by the way :o)

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