Posted on 1998-12-29
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
in attempting to startup using a boot up disk my computer wont do so. i looked in my BIOS settings (Award Modular BIOS) and saw that the boot sequence was listed as C,CDROM,A

The other options available for the boot sequence include the following:

I have a K5166 with a master C hard drive, a slave D hard drive and a CDROM on E:
Why isnt my computer reading from my a:/ drive at boot up when a floppy is in there? Should i change the bios settings?
This has not happened before. The BIOS are currently are on their default settings. So, is it a bios thing, or something else? HELP PLEASE.
Question by:goldberg98
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hddp666 earned 10 total points
ID: 1760863
The boot sequence is the order in which the computer goes looking for the operating system, or OS.

You want to change the BIOS settings to put the A: drive first, then C:\, then SCSI. The computer will look for the diskette first, before anything else. If there is a diskette, it will attempt to boot from it. If there is no diskette, it will attempt to boot from the C: drive (the usual setup).

Once you boot from the diskette, you can run the HD setup software and format it. Then you are ready to install the OS, such as Windows.

After you get the hard-drive formatted, you may have to reboot and change the BIOS settings to put the CD-ROM first, if you are going to install Windows from a CD.

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ID: 1760864
yes, ok. but what is a scsi? and secondly, this was not a problem before. i have had a disk in my a:/ drive during setup before and the computer would try to read it. of course if it was not a system disk (perhaps i accidenltly left a disk in there) it would let me know. so what are some reasons that it would fail to look at the a drive now? and even with the settings as they are C,CDROM,A - if functioning correcly, the computer should check each everytime! so, what gives?

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ID: 1760865
SCSI is like PCI, a bus standard for connecting things like drives to the motherboard. It might be a ZIP drive, to allow you to have an entire OS installed on a 100MB disk that you can boot from. Your C:\ drive can be an SCSI, if that is the type of HD you have.

What is on your HD? If the computer finds an OS there, it'll stop looking.

You might also check the ribbon cables to see that they are tight. Maybe pull them off and put them back on to the clean the terminals.
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ID: 1760866
well let me say first, i appreciate your time!
i do not know what exactly ribbon cables are but i dont see how that could be the point. aferall, if i switch to a bios setting where the a: drive is read 1st, it in fact IS read. so i just wanted to know reasons why the same computer before did, but now does not look to the a: drive with out me resetting my bios.
my master harddrive c:/ does, and always had the OS on it of course. before it was win 95, now its win98. still know why the pc may have changed?
thanks and regards.

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ID: 1760867
Ribbon Cable: a flat cable that has, say, 2-0 wires side-by-side.

I don't have any other ideas why your computer suddenly stopped booting from a floppy. However, if your previous boot sequence was C:, CD-ROM, A: and there was a valid OS on the C: drive, the computer should not have ever booted from a floppy instead of off the C: drive. The computer looks for an OS in the first place it is told to; if it doesn't find one, it looks to the second place, and so forth.

Usually, the A: drive, or CD-ROM comes first in the boot sequence, and only if there is no diskette or CD does the computer progress to the C: drive and boot from there.


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ok THANKS --youve been a great help!!! now i understand!

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