help with boot HDD error
Posted on 2003-03-20
I'm currently trying(emphasis on try) to help a friend with a problem. She has a win98 system, with a newly installed cdrw drive and an old cdrom drive. The following error occurs on boot:
PRI Master HDD error
Press F1 to resume
I have no way to reset the bios as I can not get past this message. If I press F1 it asks me for a boot disk for drive A which I also do not have. This is the very first thing I see except for a prompt to wait for what I assume is a drive check. Everything I have read points me in the direction of a bad hard drive, but the error occuredd directly after she installed the new cdrw drive, so I think that's the problem. Although, I took both cd drives out...same problem. I switched IDE cables to the hard drive...same problem. The only other thing I can think of is if she switched the hard drive to a slave position or something. I can not take out the hard drive right now(due to lack of tools) and can't see which slot is which for hard drive specification. I know it's set to the third from the left slot out of four possible settings.
Any help would be much appreciated.