No fixed disks found when installing Windows 98SE
Posted on 2006-11-14
I am trying to replace a failing hard drive on an older Gateway 466c (S/N 0014623798). Replaced it today with a 40gb Seagate drive (same jumper config, which was Master). I replaced it then powered on, pressing F1 to enter BIOS, "Entering Setup..." was then displayed. After 30 seconds I get two short beeps and receive this error: "B: Drive error. Press F1 to resume". If I press F1, the next screen flashes two drives detected (A and B, both are 2.88MB 3.5"). I tried disconnecting the floppy drive (A) from the motherboard and power source. When I do this and boot up, I get the same beeps but two errors (A and B both).
I tried using FDISK on a bootable floppy to partition and format the drive. I receive a an error that "No fixed disks detected". I tried launching the Windows 98SE setup from command line, but after a few prompts it errors stating to the same effect (no drive detected).
I've tried the following:
- Using the motherboard jumpers, tried Normal, Config and Recovery (CMOS)
- Rechecked jumpers on disk
- Removed CMOS battery for 10 minutes
To sum it up, the system seems to be trying to detect a "B" drive and there is no secondary 2.88MB 3.5" drive, only the 3.5" 1.44MB floppy. I cannot seem to gain access to BIOS due to the errors above and I cannot reset BIOS using the above steps. When I tried installing Windows or running FDISK, neither can detect the hard drive.
Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated.