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Drive Not Ready Error: INSERT BOOT DISKETTE IN A

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Hi Experts,

I have a Gateway2000 PS-100 and whenever I boot it up I get the following error: Drive Not Ready Error: INSERT BOOT DISKETTE IN A.
I just purchased this old desktop at a yard sale and I don't have any diskettes. How do I get around this error?

Thanks!
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simpswr earned 63 total points
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Does it have a hard drive? . . sounds like there is no operatings system on it if it does
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by:bobbyampm
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This is what I have on the screen:

AMIBIOS (C) 1992 American Megatrends, Inc.
BIOS VERSION 1.00.0.3.BSOT

065536 KB
Keyboard ..... Detected
Mouse ..... Detected
Floppy A: Installed
Drive Not Ready Error: INSERT BOOT DISKETTE IN A:_
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by:simpswr
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Open it up and see if it has a hard drive . . and if it is connected
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The hard drive is there and is well connected.
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by:shawn703
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Oh my, that's an old PC...  :)  Well, go into BIOS and see if the hard drive is recognized.  Hopefully it will be detected with Auto.  Also check the Boot order in BIOS.  It is likely there is no operating system on the hard drive, which is why it's trying to boot from A:
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How do I that? How do I get into BIOS?
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by:darrenakin
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Soon as you turn the system on, start hitting the del key as well as the F1, F10, F2 keys. It should be one of these. I forget on this model but I think it is del key. Pay attention to the screen and it might say.
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by:bobbyampm
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You're right. The hard drive is not recognized: Hard disk C: not installed, Hard disk D: not installed, Hard disk E: not installed, Hard disk F: not installed. It's probably a dead HD; all the cables are plugged in.
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by:darrenakin
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Sounds like the drive is dead, when the power is on the system, lay your hand on the drive. Can you feel it spinning, or can you hear it?
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I can hear it spinning. I unplugged it and heard it stop.
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by:darrenakin
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No other clicking noises? It sounds like the drive is just gone, do you have another you can pop in there?
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I tried 2 different hard drives but I am still getting the same error message: Drive Not Ready Error: INSERT BOOT DISKETTE IN A.
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Back in Bios Setup - make sure HD is set to Auto, and try detection again. If that still fails remove HD, and get as much information as poss from label - should be at minimum Drive model. System that old will not recognise modern HD, and will not directly support any large HD - without preinstalled software on HD. Think there is still an old gateway somewhere about in building, as last resort will try and find it to check details. May have to set HD information manually if system cannot autodetect. so post up all detail you can about HD.
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by:StonewallJacoby
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If the HD won't auto-detect, the IDE controller on the motherboard might be dead, or maybe the primary IDE channel is dead.  Try connecting the HD to the other IDE cable (the one that goes to the  CDROM drive, if there is one).  See if the HD will auto-detect then.  If not, you might have bought a boat anchor.
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Any luck?
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