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A: drive When I power on the A: drive "light" just stays on even though CMOS is set to boot A: to c:. nO DISK IN A: so it should proceed to C: to look for OS. No it keeps scanning A:????

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Re: A: drive

1- Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
2- remove the onboard battery
3- move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pin 2-3. keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5 -> 10 seconds, then move the cap back to pin 1-2.
4- re-install the battery.
5- plug the power cord and turn On the computer.6- hold down the DEL key during the boot process and enter BIOS steup to re-enter data.

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Re: A: drive

Hi, you may have connected the floppy drive cable in the reverse way. just change the cable to the right way and check it out or change the fdd cable

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Re: A: drive

Get into the bios F2 or Del on boot up and change the first boot device to cdrom and 2nd to HDD then last the 'a' drive. The floppy drive may be faulty, if you dont use it just disconnect it.

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