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    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    I installed a new hard drive and Windows did not detect it so I tried to go to my system bios to set it up and I get a keyboard error so I can’t access that now.

    Any Ideas on how to fix that?

    #83080

    Mattman
    Participant

    What kind of motherboard (henseforth refered to as a mobo [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img] ) are you using?

    Have you tried flashing to the latest bios?

    When and where are you getting the keyboard error?

    Bad-computer-mojo(tm) indeed… [img]images/smiles/converted/eek.gif[/img]

    #83081

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    Have no idea about the motherboard (using a lame old compaq presario for now).

    Will the type be labled on it?

    how do I flash to the latest bios?

    I get the keyboard error when trying to go to the bios (via F2 or esc @ bootup). [img]images/smiles/converted/frown.gif[/img]

    Most definatly a bad mojo [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img]

    #83082

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    It is a p333 if that helps identifying the board

    #83083

    Mattman
    Participant

    Well, if you’re getting a keyboard error when trying to get into bios, try waiting an extra second or two before hitting the key.

    You said f2 or esc… Do the bios instructions say you can use either? I’ve never seen a bios w/ 2 access buttons, but then I haven’t dealt w/ a Compaq before…

    Are you trying to add this drive as a second drive or are you replacing your current one?

    As far as flashing to a new one goes, you’ll have to see if Compaq has an updated one on their website. You’d probably need your PC’s model number…

    Anyway, flashing a new bios is a last resort kind of thing. If we can solve the problem without it then its not necessary. Bios updates aren’t like drivers. They don’t tend to increase performance, just fix problems.

    #83084

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    It is going to be a second drive (hopefully)

    If I can’t get it to work, I’ll just put it back in the box untill I get a new pc [img]images/smiles/converted/frown.gif[/img]

    F2 used to work (lost the book) but so did escape. I tried waiting a bit longer and I did not get the keyboard error, it just ignored it all together [img]images/smiles/converted/confused.gif[/img]

    #83085

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    OK, you guys were right, it was the jumpers. Forgot to switch the old drive.
    Still have a problem.

    When I booted up, it said all the drives and displayed the size(s) so I know it recognizes that it is there.
    The problem now is that it did not assign it a drive letter so it is not available to me?

    What do I do now?

    thanks again!!!
    jeremiah – pretty obvious I’m not a hardware person [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img]

    #83086

    Mattman
    Participant

    Is it formatted?

    #83087

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    nope, not yet. How do I get to it to format it?

    #83088

    Mattman
    Participant

    Its best to do it from DOS… Does DOS give it a drive letter? Windows may not if it isn’t formatted, but DOS should. If not then there’s another problem…

    If I were you, I’d do this from a boot disk. Use the boot disk option under ‘Add/Remove programs’ in your control panel. That’ll make a disk w/ all the old DOS files such as format, fdisk, scandisk, etc… Very handy to have one lying around. Have you used fdisk before?

    #83089

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    Man it has been a while since I have used DOS!

    How do I get a list of drives available from the DOS prompt?

    Just made a startup disk and I’ll give fdisk the old college try. Very limited experience with it and none in this situation. Do you have any tips?

    THANKS!!!

    #83090

    everyonelovesjaron
    Participant

    No startup disk needed… go to windows and run fdisk from start=>run and partition as needed…

    #83091

    Mattman
    Participant

    I don’t know if you can get a list of drives… If you used the boot disk I mentioned, it should’ve auto-detected your CDROMs, so keep trying letters… Your main HD should be C: and your new on should be D:, assuming that you only have 2 HD’s including the new one… Put disks in your CDROMs, type ‘D:’ and then type ‘dir’ (hitting enter after each…) if dir gives you a listing of the files on one of you CD’s then DOS isn’t detecting your drive, if you get a blank disk, then that should be your new HD…

    Let me know if you need help with fdisk… I gotta go take care of something real quick. I’ll be back within a hour… [img]images/smiles/converted/wink.gif[/img] (maybe sooner.)

    #83092

    jeremiah
    Keymaster

    What are the steps I should take in FDISK?

    Also, I did not see a drive with that size in the list available in FDISK?

    #83093

    everyonelovesjaron
    Participant

    click "Y" to enable large disk support
    hit "5" (i think)
    select your new drive
    hit "1" to create logical DOS Partition
    hit "1" again to create "primary DOS partition"

    then

    hit "y" if you want to make a single partition drive and "n" for a multi partition

    if multi, ask for more help

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