Old Laptop 'fixed disk failure'
Posted on 2001-07-31
Had 'volunteered' to help as best I could with neice's Fujitsu LifeBook 530D 120mz 800mb laptop (they still exist!)
She'd had a FDD failure (no operating system found etc etc)
For first 3 days, all ok. Upgraded BIOS, put in 32mb RAM, new 1gb HDD and eventually installed Win98.
Then began to get consistent Fixed Disk Failures at bootups. BIOS can't see FDD - tried manual settings for master, auto, you name it - nothing.
To get into a deeper fug (English word - ignore it!) replaced HDD three times with Fujistsu 800mb (2) and today an IBM 1GB.
Could at first get the HDDs to work in my Gateway laptop and even tried my 6GB drive in the Fujitsu, but no luck.
Most success has been about 12-14 hours on one of the HDDs before that went down.
With bay exposed, am able to confirm that the HDD 'fires up' at boot up but totally not seen thereafter. Tried coming in from boot 3.5 but again no master drive seen.
BIOS is Fujitsu 1.18a under a Phoenix NoteBios 4.05 (dated 1996). (updated from Fujitsu site this week)
Have just tried reboot and HDD isn't even firing.