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Posted on Monday, July 17, 2000 - 3:31 am:   

I am trying to get an old Dell OptiPlex XL 575 (Pentium 75/90) up and running. I have had a win except for the floppy drive. The system boots up, gives a "diskette drive 0 seek error" then boots the operating system (Win 95) ok and away it goes, without any use of the floppy drive.
I am fairly sure that I have the cables connected up ok. I have tried another floppy drive. It even displays this message without the ribbon cable connected. This particular machine has the floppy drive cable coming direct from a port on the motherboard. Any help appreciated.
I have a few hunches, maybe the motherboard is no good, the bios has been incorrectly flashed, (it had a winchip 200 sticker on the case, so maybe it went horribly wrong for someone else).
Adam Emswiler (Abe)
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2000 - 5:10 am:   

Have you checked your BIOS settings out? This error could be caused if your BIOS is trying to find a 5 1/4" floppy drive, instead of a 3 1/2" drive. I would also try changing the floppy drive cable out as well.
Darren Irvine
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2000 - 8:05 pm:   

I am having a problem with a Peer to Peer network crashing. I have two machines, Pentium 333's, with 64 megs of ram and 2.5 gig hard drives linked together for use with an accounting program called Business Vision Encore. I am using a Dlink hub and 10/100 Dlink adapter cards. The network is constantly crashing and locking up the slave machine. I have to reinstall the accounting program on a daily, on the slave machine to make it work. I have contacted the account program tech. support and they feel the issue is an network problem not a software problem. I am running EDI software on the same machine, with my email and internet. The accounting program can take up to 90 seconds to post a single invoice. (very ,very slow). We discovered an network.vbs virus on the system. We have clean the system and no longer have any viruses. The problem is so bad with the computers crashing and locking up and getting system errors, that we have reformatted the drive and reinstalled all the software and the problem continues. We have updated the master machine to Windows 98 and the slave machines is running Windows 95. We have switched the ram in the computers to see if this was causing the problem, but no change was apparent. Some of the most common problems we are getting are: the autoexec and config files being deleted. We have changed them to read only files to fix this problem. The slave machine not being able to find the master, finding the master for a few hours and them well working in the accounting program, losing the master connection. Unstable OE error, run time errors in the accounting program. We have been battling this problem for almost one month and can not fix the problem with the teck support and an outside network consultant. Any help anyone can give me would be truly appreciated.
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2000 - 9:55 pm:   

Is it the D-Link TX, PCI 10/100? Cause if it is, the driver shipped with it will totally crash Windows 98 SE, I think its the 530TX model that does it.

The fix is available on the website. I love D-Link cards, and have always found this fix to work.

As well, you may want to ensure you arent running to many protocols on your network. Consider TCP/IP and NetBEUI only, and if your software requires it IPX/SPX, but only if it is required.

More protocols than that, you are creating your own troubles.

I hope this helps.
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2000 - 9:57 pm:   

PS , the updated DLink drivers contain the fix.
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2000 - 10:27 pm:   

Back to the "Diskette drive 0 seek error" question. You can find intructs on running the embedded diagnostics at

Check It is about the OptiPlex™ G1 Systems but the error message listed is exact to the one you are getting.

All the dirt for your machine can be found at

Dig around a little. Dell is actually pretty good about supplying support info and documentation.

Hopefully this will help.
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2000 - 1:03 am:   

Thanks for your responses. It turned out I had two dud floppy drives, hence third time lucky, many thanks for your time and thoughts

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