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From: Dennis on 11/18/2002
1 yr old CompUCom PC with XP Home Edition: Problem is similar to other posted questions except that the computer will not do a complete boot. It gives the following messages:

searching for boot record from floppy: not found
searching for boot recordfrom cd rom: not found
searching for boot record from scsi: not foundA:

If I shut computer off and turn on again and press Setup(DEL) and go in and chose the bios setup and chose the Save and Load Safe the computer will continue to boot and Windows XP will appear. It will work if you shutdown with restart but if you shut down and don't turn on until next day, it will give me the same message as above.

Got any ideas on what I can do to make it find the hard drive, which it apparently is not finding?

Is it in that setup someplace or might it be the harddrive itself?

Appreciate your help.


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From: Compterpilot on 11/19/2002

Somehow, your boot sequence got messed up. You have the primary boot drive set to floppy (good) then the secondary set to SCSI drive (bad if you do not have SCSI drives). This is really a question of what type of hard drive(s) you have in your computer.

My guess is that you purchased the computer from a computer store/manufacturer and have Windows XP home edition. If so, there is a high likelyhood that you have IDE hard drives.

You need to go to your BIOS settings and change the boot sequence. This is usually the second menu time from the right. This will tell the computer where to look when it boots. You should start off with your floppy, then CDROM/CDRW, then your hard drive. This will allow you to boot from a floppy or CDROM in case of crash. Usually, the BIOS will indicate the hard drive as IDE - 0 or Hard Drive.

This should fix your problem.



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