will not boot

I recently purchased an upgrade computer. After installing my existing hard drives and flopy drive the computer will not boot. On the first try it came up to the windows 98 start screen and locked. Now all I can get is a black screen with a cursor. I can get into bios but everything seems to be fine there. My old computer works fine when I reinstall the hard drives back in it.
jlftzAsked:
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bchewConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Did this new computer EVER boot up?  If not, you need to return it and get a new one!  If it did, what happens if you put it back to the exact configuration it had when you got it? will it boot then?

Bert
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1cellCommented:
are you sure of the jumper settings on the hard drive?  if the new computer has a drive in it already, you will have to setup them up as master and slave or vice-versa.

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rayt333Commented:
Can you get into Safe Mode?  If so then go into Device manager and remove everything in there and reboot and let Windoze find everything and install them, with a new MB then you now have new system devices and will need to be installed. If you still can't boot up then maybe the best thing to do is reinstall Windoze over top of itself, this way everything will get detected and installed and you won't lose any of your installed programs. I assuming you do have a Win98 disk, and not a restore disk.
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jlftzAuthor Commented:
The hard drives are set up as master and slave and I can not get in to Windows at all. It will not even boot up with a floppy into DOS.
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rayt333Commented:
Remove the IDE cable to the HD's and then see if it will boot up to a bootdisk. If not then make sure it is set in the CMOS setup to boot to a floppy first. Once we get it to boot then we will see what's up with the HD's.
See if that works first and get back to us.
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jlftzAuthor Commented:
Already tried that and it does not boot up from a floppy. Bios is set to boot from the A drive first. This is what has me stumped.
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BlashyCommented:
This might sound very basic but...have you checked your wiring?
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sorgieCommented:
If you still have your old computer. Try installing the drive back into it and see if it boots ok. If it does then do what rayt333 suggest, remove all your hardware then shut down and install it in your new one and see if you get a start up. If you do it should recognize your new box.
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Jason_SCommented:
If you can not boot to the floppy even without the IDE drives connected, then either the floppy ribbon cable is installed incorrectly, the cable is bad, the floppy controller is bad, the BIOS settings are set incorrectly, or the motherboards settings for the processor are set improperly.

Double check that the ribbon cable has the twist at the floppy end, and that the cable is not connected backwards on either, or both ends.

More as needed.
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rayt333Commented:
Does the light stay on on the floppy?? If the cable is backwards then usally the comes on and stays on all the time.
The proper way to hook the cable is the part with the twisted part must go to the floppy connector, if the floppy has the pins marked then make sure you put the "red" stripe to the pin 1 and same on MB end. If they are not marked or it simply will not work then do a trial and error method, there is 4 possible combo to hook the cable up, start and try it, if it still not working then turn the connecter around on one end and try again, still not working then turn the orther end around and try, still not, then turn the first end around again, that will give you all four possible ways to connect it.
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AJHanksCommented:
I believe you may have a couple of problems going on.  First, It's doubtfull that you can simply take the master HD from your old PC, plug it in and have it boot correctly on your new PC.  During formatting, BIOS information is copied to a HD.  Your upgraded PC is reading information relative to your old system and getting confused.  You determined that both HD's work back in your old PC.  You will need to do a complete reformatting of your master HD and install your operating system from scratch.

Not being able to boot from the floppy is odd.  You must use the operating system setup disk to boot.  If your using your old PC emergency boot disk it most likely won't work.
Hank L
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rayt333Commented:
AJHanks
You are fairly new here so welcome, but please note that the regular "experts" only post as comments so as not to lock a question out. By posting a guess as the proposed answer you have locked it out and many experts will not look at or try to help resolve this issue.
The HD's at this point is not the issue, first we need to get it to boot, it should boot to any floppy that has the system files on it, which any bootdisk or emergency would. The point is the floppy is not reading the disk and we need to figure out why and fix it.
If you would kindly remove your proposed answer (change it to a comment) then this would move the question back to active and we can troubleshoot the problem.
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jlftzAuthor Commented:
I have used the operating system setup disk and it will not boot up from the floppy drive. The drive is hoked up right it just will not do anything after it checks the memory and auto finds the hard drives. It doesn't even access the drives after the auto find even tho they are enabled in bios.
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1cellCommented:
I have used the operating system setup disk and it will not boot up from the floppy drive. >>>>

have you checked the CMOS boot sequence to be sure that the floppy is listed first?
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rayt333Commented:
When booting up to a floppy, does the light come on?
Can you hear it making noise like it is trying to read the floppy?

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jlftzAuthor Commented:
The Computer is going back aince I hade two tecks look at it here and they could not get it to boot. Thanks everyone.
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