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Cymruchris getting back to your original problem perhaps my own problem searching may assist you. As I indicated I had computer problems. Well I discovered by now that the friend (if I can call him that) who had borrowed the computer actually had formatted the hard drive and then had also gone into the bios and disengaged the drives as well as loosened some card, not just one but both computers he had borrowed and on both hard drives (including the slaves). Meaning he also had deleted the CD rom drive and dos, etc. and to top it up the colours were all wrong so that white was black and so I had the guess what I was doing. . anyhow, I decided to push all cards into their slot properly and removed also part of the memory (seems it was faulty ? as such he may have handled it ? this also as the other computer had the wiring from the floppy disk drive loose in the computer and the card to which it was to fit was missing also). . Now, faced with a total disaster I decided to pull out hundreds of old floppy disk only the computer in the bios showed there were no drives. . So, after a lot of trying spare memory cards I finally somehow got the bios showing in normal colours. The problem was that I could still not set the bios for the hard-drives as it was coming up and immediately disappear. I changed the mouse and then that was another problem I had overcome. Now when I clicked on the floppy drive part it came up and I was able to reinstate Drive A. also both the primary drive and the slave. Albeit the slave still doesn?t show up as a drive when I have the computer on through a floppy disk. . Once I had the drive A recognised I then tried different starting floppy disk I had collected of my numerous past computers and it turns out that Dos 7 was the one. So, I transferred DOS 7 to the computer. Nothing would work from DOS on C drive. However, I decided to work in a better manner and got out my old disks with XTGOLD and transferred this onto C drive. Now when I start the computer in A drive I then go to C drive and then into XTGOLD and can see precisely as in explorer see the directories I have so far installed. . Because I copied dos files from other computers, where DOS refers to H drive for windows and this computer has no H drive then I will have to change the programs. With XTGOLD I can read the program (as like in txt) but could not change the program and so have to work on that. . As such, while I am obviously still a lot of work ahead to create replacements programs for the computer, the issue is that perhaps if you were to install XTGOLD onto your hard drive then you could read the files on your computer. . As I was originally faced with a computer that showed a screen with nothing on it and I simply was pushing all cards and other wire fittings in its place and somehow got the screen then going, it might be that somehow you too may have something not sitting home in its slot and so try to push them gently. Albeit make sure that before touching a memory card you first touch your computer as to get rid of any static in your body as otherwise you could wreck your memory card. . Make sure that all wires are fitted correctly in its place and not onto an incorrect fitting. If everything is fitted all right then it should at least show your screen to be working that you can enter into bios. . I found however that when I fitted a communication card into the computer it blocked out my screen that it showed nothing. When I removed the card it was still the same. So, I left it for overnight and then when I switched it on it was showing the bios on the screen. . Don?t ask me why it didn?t do it before when I turned it off at the power point but at least leaving it overnight somehow got it back in order. . I also found that a certain memory card, albeit the same as the one in it, was also blanking out the screen, so I removed it and used another card and then it worked. Possibly the memory card was faulty. . While my wife tells me to just throw out the computer it is to me rather a challenge to get it back going. . If you have a bit of understanding about programs, and mind you I am basically illiterate about computer programs but still learned how to deal with some basic DOS files even having one renamed into my own surname and obviously to do so means the other files have to be amended to recognise this otherwise DOS will not operate. It also means that I can always recognise which is my computer by the fact that the DOS files will show a critical file being in my surname, and most people wouldn?t have a clue how to change that. . One a person claimed the computer he had was not borrowed from me and challenged me to prove it belonged to me and so I told him to go to the DOS file and he would find my surname in it and if he deleted the file it wouldn?t work. He deleted it thinking I was fooling around and the computer was out of action. Obviously no problem to me to reinstate it. . It proved it was my computer all right. . What is important is that you do not get frustrated in your search to get the computer going. XTGOLD is a great program and once you can get into your computer, even if it is only through the A drive or using an USB and copy XTGOLD onto the hard drive then you can see precisely your tree of directories and all files on it and you then can replace any files that you may desire to replace or reinstate, etc. . As I indicated before files I copied shows windows in H drive and so are not suitable as such and have to be corrected and if you likewise copy files and they are perhaps from another computer or designed for a different set up then such files may cause your computer to ?hang? in that the program may be searching for a drive that may not exist on your computer. Hence, no matter how tedious it might be use XTGOLD to check through the files as to what they direct and you might find your problem there. .. While the com0puter I am dealing with is very old and was using Windows 95 (albeit this too was obviously deleted when formatted) still I enjoy the challenge to get it running again. . With the bios, even if you were to have done something accidentally it should not have wiped out your screen. Still, if you did upset the colour, as I had with my computer, then it is like stabbing into the dark to try to get it changed to the correct colours, as I was able to get eventually. . If you do something in the bios and don?t know what you did and to save or not to save then the best is to simply switch of at the wall socket the power as then nothing you did will have been changed on the bios. . In particular where at one stage the screen was mainly black with some purple and I could see absolutely not what I was doing I just kept trying over and over again until it was right. . Ok I decided never again to lend a computer to anyone as after all this so-called friend vandalised two computers. While he may not have wanted his writings to be let on the computers it is another thing for him having wiped out my material and also the entire programs, and never telling me he vandalised the computers when I collected them back. . There are different versions of XTGOLD and also with or without overlay. . You can also split the screen so you can see the tree on A drive and its files and also the tree on C drive or what other drive you want to look at. . It allows you to copy files and you can actually watch it doing so. As such like explorer just in a simpler format. . Well, perhaps this may give you some incentive to explore. And if you want some further information just write to me at schorel-hlavka@schorel-hlavka.com. But do show in the subject line Re AMIBIOS so that I am aware it is not some spam email. .

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on the IDE Port, set the jumpers to the hard drives/cdrom on CS(Cable Select) this lets the BIOS and the ribbon cable decide which is primary (Master) and which is secondary (Slave) on that IDE cable. if they were configured wrong you would get an error.

If the IDE channel is no good, try switching the primary and secondary IDE ribbon cables.

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