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Hold Ctrl to Boot from Floppy Msg?

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Posted on Monday, January 17, 2000 - 10:34 am:   

Why In heck am i getting this message? Setup is configured right..Even bought another controller card..Upgrading about a dozen 486 Zenith Data Systems for school and I've hit floppy hell...BTW..When i hold the Ctrl key it dont work.
Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2000 - 10:02 am:   

Sounds like the machines have some drive interpolation software installed. What that does is when the OS ( ie DOS ) cannot understand the physical geometry of the hard disk drive, this interpolation software "tricks" it into understanding it. I know that's a kinda vague explanation but...This software is located I believe in the MBR of the drive, so it's not like a program you could see with a DIR command. Did this help ?
Danny Albers
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2000 - 1:29 pm:   

Can I get more info please?

What size and brand are the new hard drives?

Does your system bios detect them correctly?

Do you see a drive overlay loading at first?

Also try installing the drive overlay software for the drive, it will format the drive and make it boot-able for you. Tell me the make of drive and I can tell you what overlay software to try.

Also, you may see this message if you didnt make a partition active.

or if you did not sys the drive.

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