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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 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.
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When in BIOS, try to go to the BOOT section. I know it's there, and disable the BOOT ON FLOPPY DRIVE. If my guess is correct, this model doesn't come with a floppy drive in the first place. Once you find it and change it, select EXIT, in that screen select SAVE AND EXIT. and it should reboot the system. If you still get the error, carefully look in the bios for anything regarding the floppy and disable it. Make sure to save your changes before you leave BIOS.

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Sounds like your floppy drive is failing, you could get it replaced or simply turn it off via the BIOS.
to turn it off simply hit the F2 key. On the first screen usually it will list your Hard Drives, CD ROMs', and the Floppy. scroll down to the floppy and hit enter ot the corresponding key form the bios's legend at the bottom or right hand side of the screen untill you see disable.
Next you can navigate to Save & exit or hit F10 to do the same. G/L.

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