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Re: [vox-tech] floppy madness



ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh................thought you lived in
Davis?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Jay Salzman" <p@dirac.org>
To: <vox-tech@lists.lugod.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] floppy madness


> hi jim,
>
> well, i got my wish.
>
> i was finally able to run the BIOS update utility.  it appeared to work
> and checksummed ok.
>
> but now the system is hosed.  the CPUs register as "overheated" the
> second BIOS starts to post and the heat warning alarm comes on
> immediately.  can't boot off the cdrom anymore.  BIOS doesn't post when
> both CPUs are in the machine at the same time.  definitely hosed.
>
> well, i took a gamble and lost.  i probably should've just bought
> another hard drive instead of trying to update BIOS.  but this system
> was always a little flakey.  all the components were taken from junked
> computers.  aside from the motherboard, the whole thing was parted out
> from friends' computers that were being junked.
>
> sigh.  i guess i'm more upset over the TIME it took to destroy my
> computer rather than losing the system.  ;-(
>
> anyway, now i REALLY wish i could take you up on your offer, but we
> no longer live in CA.  we moved to princeton new jersey.
>
> i guess this is the end of the thread.  sigh.
>
> pete
>
>
>
>
> On Wed 28 Apr 04, 10:21 AM, Jimbo <evesautomotive@charter.net> said:
> > If your wife wants windows 95, I have an old cd with key that can be
booted
> > and installed by the cd rom.  I have installed windows so many times I
know
> > it almost by heart.  If she doesn't want 95 I have 98  (both versions)
> > that's just the same.
> >
> > You can have them so it can be all legal beagle.
> >
> > Jimbo go go go go!
> >
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Peter Jay Salzman" <p@dirac.org>
> > To: <vox-tech@lists.lugod.org>
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:57 PM
> > Subject: [vox-tech] floppy madness
> >
> >
> > > I bought an 80GB drive for an old dual PII motherboard (Gigabit
> > > GA-6BXD).  Ultimate goal is to move a previous Linux installation
which
> > > is currently on a failing drive onto the new drive.
> > >
> > > BIOS can't detect the new drive at all.  It hangs on autodetection.
> > >
> > > Googling revealed that I need to update the BIOS of the motherboard to
> > > recognize drives greater than 64GB.
> > >
> > >
> > > I have win95 on a floppy.  Goal is to boot win95 and run the
executable
> > > that upgrades BIOS.
> > >
> > > The trouble is, BIOS won't boot off the floppy.  It doesn't even
> > > recognize the floppy drive at boot.
> > >
> > >    * I moved the floppy to another, newer, computer and it booted off
> > >      the win95 floppy just fine.
> > >
> > >    * Cabling is good.  Switching the ribbon around, the drive light
> > >      doesn't go off, which means I had it right the first time.
> > >
> > >    * I set BIOS to boot off of "A" first.
> > >
> > >    * BIOS floppy autodetect is set to "enabled".
> > >
> > >    * It appears that the computer doesn't even *attempt* to read the
> > >      floppy at boot.
> > >
> > >    * When I boot Linux, I can mount the floppy with no problems.  I
just
> > >      can't boot off it.
> > >
> > >    * In Linux, I used dd to copy and create a new win95 floppy, just
in
> > >      case the problem is that the drive couldn't read the floppy made
by
> > >      another drive.  Didn't work.  But considering the computer
doens't
> > >      even make the attempt to read the floppy, I'm not surprised.
> > >
> > > I'm ready to get a new, smaller, drive.  Before I do, any suggestions
on
> > > what could be preventing booting off the win95 floppy?
> > >
> > > Pete
> > >
> > > PS- Gigabyte sucks.  Their motherboards are decent, but their website
> > > crashes galeon and causes havoc and chaos with Opera.  Completely
> > > non-functional.
> > >
> > > -- 
> > > Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.  -- Albert
Einstein
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