dos wont read or boot a: but win98 reads it

Posted on 2002-03-30
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I want to reformat and install win95 on a IBM TP755CD. When it boots it passes over the a: even with non system disk.  It currrently has win98 and windows explorer reads from the floppy.  I checked the bios and it is set to read from a: first then the hard disk.
Question by:roostermhm

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First, try cleaning the floppy drive with a cleaning diskette.

Second, from Win98 click Start | Programs | Command Prompt.

From the command prompt issue: "Format a: /s /u"
Insert a good NEW diskette as prompted and press enter.

When finished, leave diskette in drive and reboot.

Upon re-booting, go to BIOS setup and check the following:
  a) Boot sequence (A: First) (Done that?!)
  b) Drive type for the floppy is set to 3.5" - 1.44MB.
  c) The Floppy controller is enabled. (Just check)
 Save and exit, leaving the diskette in the drive.

If it boots this time, your floppy drive is OK and your problem is the diskette itself.


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I did check the boot sequence but have no access to the controllers or drive types (thinkpad woes).  Either way the boot should have paused for non system disk and i tried several different ones.  I guess I was looking more for boot configuration or driver info for the boot sequence or config.sys or other helpful info.  I will clean the drive though.

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