06-11-2004 03:55 AM
Booting from the CD drive even with a totally different OS doesn't allow me to use the floppy drive.
Funny thing: the first floppy drive works fine in another computer.
I'm stuck. HELP !
06-14-2004 12:16 AM
have you flashed with the most recent bios from HP? even if you've got a fairly recent bios, overwrite it with the most recent one. bad flashes, dropping bits etc... can lead to strange problems like this.
most mainboards these days don't have DIPPs to get loose, but it never hurts to check and make sure all the chips and boards are properly seated, i know this sounds like kids stuff, but check anyways. i had a horrible time troubleshooting bad boots on one server, only to find that the cable was loose, and wiggling out.
check the cable, make sure it's not frayed, loose, melted, etc...
keep us posted
06-14-2004 09:00 AM
I assume you have reset the BIOS to default and verified that there are not any dip switches or jumpers which disable the floppy on your motherboard.
You might have picked up a boot sector virus such as form:
Wouldn't hurt to try their tool and see if it finds anything.
06-15-2004 05:15 AM
I've check the cables. I've changed the floppy drive's cable. I've loaded the bios default settings. I've checked for any bios or MBR virus
I've seen 2 jumpers on the motherboard but I can't get any info on what they're for (no docs came with the PC, impossible to get any info on that motherboard on the web or on HP's site).
The only thing I haven't done yet is to flash the bios with an upgrade, but I'm not too sure of the version to get, so I will not do that.
In the end, I think I've spent too much time on this, especially knowing that this machine hasn't been paid yet ! So I'm going to send it back to the shop and get another one !!
It was a nice little problem at the beginning, but now it's eating way too much time.
Again thanks for your time, both of you.
06-18-2004 02:12 AM
Strange thing was that the floppy drive was working fine *outside* the case but still connected to the PC... Puting it back in the PC made it to stop working (??!!)
Anyway, now it works :-)