Floppy disk(s) fail (40)
Posted on 2003-03-30
My hard drive died a couple days ago. So, I got a new HDD and tried to boot from floppy to reinstall the OS.
The floppy drive that was in the computer was also bad. I tried it in a second computer and it didn't work. So, I got another floppy drive (and cable) which both work in the second computer. Now, I get a "Floppy disk(s) fail (40)" during the POST process. Yes, the cables are in right -- tied 'em both ways, just for laughs, and the FDD *works* in the second PC. I've tried resetting the CMOS settings to default, which had no effect.
One other odd thing: I can boot successfully from the CD drive, just not the floppy.
I'm guessing the drive controller on the motherboard has crapped out, which, I suppose, means I need an new motherboard. I'm also wondering if I shouldn't trash the power supply and get a new one just to be on the safe side.
Can anyone confirm or deny that my guesses might be on the right track? Is there any way to test the drive controller? Or the power supply for that matter?