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Old 04-01-2005, 01:10 AM   #1
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Dell Dimension 4100. No matter what I do, or what I have plugged in or not plugged in, I get a a error message saying invalid boot disk in A:/. This is getting rather annoying. I just replaced the whole motherboard, thinking it would solve the problem (since I was at my pushing point with this before) but obviously its something else. Maybe the processor? But it boots up fine and I can get into the Bios, just cant get past that A:/ screen error. Any thoughts or ideas I can try?
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Dell Dimension 4100. No matter what I do, or what I have plugged in or not plugged in, I get a a error message saying invalid boot disk in A:/. This is getting rather annoying. I just replaced the whole motherboard, thinking it would solve the problem (since I was at my pushing point with this before) but obviously its something else. Maybe the processor? But it boots up fine and I can get into the Bios, just cant get past that A:/ screen error. Any thoughts or ideas I can try?
have you tried unplugging your floppy drive and disabling it in the bios?
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Ummm...have you tried swearing very loudly while kicking the **** outta it?
I had a simular problem....I reformated and upgraded to XP and all the stupid error messages left for good. (knock on wood).. I'll never buy another Dell......
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Yes, floppy drive has been unplugged and plugged in and disabled. I just want to format the freakin HD, and I cant even get to that spot, even with a XP CD in there. Anything else? There has to be something im not getting. Maybe its my HD, but I tried about 3 of them in there
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NO it is not like I took a job offer for Dell upper level technical support today....or is it


Anway on the 4100 as with the whole XPS/4100 Series the floppys were CRAP quality.

BUT if it does it when you disconnect the floppy AND change the boot order to CD-ROM then IDE....and all other devices disabled....well you have issues then.

CHANGE BOOT ORDER.

CHECK FLOPPY CABLE
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Lol

Oh yea, boot order changed, and floppy cables are not even plugged in anymore. I just had HD and CD and video card in agp slot hooked up.
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So, it looks like there was a bad HD somewhere to begin with, I got around that using a scan and format utility I had on CD. The floppy did die, wont read disks, so I just shut off the Floppy controller on the motherboard. Are these computers able to handle two IDE harddrives on the same ribbon?
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So, it looks like there was a bad HD somewhere to begin with, I got around that using a scan and format utility I had on CD. The floppy did die, wont read disks, so I just shut off the Floppy controller on the motherboard. Are these computers able to handle two IDE harddrives on the same ribbon?
should, provided the jumpers are all set correctly.
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Check this link on boot disk errors. No problems on my Dim 8200 or Dim 4550.
http://delltalk.us.dell.com/supportf...error&x=12&y=8
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