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Hi! my computer doesn't start normally it goes back to the same error every time. Errors: Floppy diskette seek failure Drive 3 not found: Parallel ATA,PATA-1 (PRI IDE Slave) Strike the F1 key to conti

Hi! my computer doesn't start normally it goes back to the same error every time. Errors: Floppy diskette seek failure Drive 3 not found: Parallel ATA,PATA-1 (PRI IDE Slave) Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility. I tried to get into BIOS setting and F1,F2 settings every thing looks fine, but still my system doesn't start. Please help. Thanks

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Sounds like you have a bad/disconnected Hard Drive and the system is looking for a second boot device (ie: Floppy with a disk) or your primary IDE channel on your motherboard is bad

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From the sounds of it your Floppy drive is damaged or just bad. you can take it for repair or purchase a new one fairly cheap and replace it yourself. But just disabling it should do the trick since floppy's are pretty much obsolete.

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