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A:/ Versus B:/ and CMOS Headache

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After typing the ever popular FORMAT C:\, I tried booting from a floppy to load Win98 and the damn thing won't read. Now....When I last used this machine, the drive letter for my 3.5 Floppy was B:\

My first thought of course? CMOS Setup....Well, In CMOS, the settings only allow a boot from A: to C: or vice versa....I can install an A: or B: but what good does that do without being able to boot to the B: drive.


My personal thought is that my cable is installed incorrectly. I will try a few things later today but I was hoping someone knows the answer to my dilemna...

Help if possible....thanks
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by:clarkcomp
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you did't say but I take it that your "a" drive is a 5 1/4 floppy. Here are some options 1.most pc's that I have seen you can only boot from either the "c" drive, "a" drive or the cdrom. You have an option of either changing your cmos and cable to make the 3.5 your "a" drive or make a bootable 5.25 floppy disk and boot from that drive. Let me know if this helps?
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by:MhzMan
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My system is configured like this:

3.5 Floppy (needs to be A: rather than B:)
CD-ROM connected to HD
NO 5.25 or any other type of floppy drive...

Basically...is there a way to change drive designations by rearranging the cable? or have I inadvertantly popped a dip switch? I have no idea...
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by:MhzMan
ID: 1011098
My system is configured like this:

3.5 Floppy (needs to be A: rather than B:)
CD-ROM connected to HD
NO 5.25 or any other type of floppy drive...

Basically...is there a way to change drive designations by rearranging the cable? or have I inadvertantly popped a dip switch? I have no idea...
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Make sure your floppy drive data cable is attached to the 3.5" drive at the end, i.e. the connector is at the end of the cable, beyond the "twist" in the cable.  That twist is what identifies the drive as the "A" drive.  In the Standard CMOS Setup, make sure the 3.5" drive is set as drive A.  Also, make sure it is oriented properly so that the color stripe on the side of the cable is to pin 1 on the drive, and the same on the motherboard end, stripe to pin 1 on the floppy controller.  Then, make sure the boot order in CMOS is A, C, SCSI, or similar.  this should solve the problem
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