Hard Drive Mistake

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reevesjo
Hard Drive Mistake

Trying to revive an old Gateway 700 Desktop. The hard drive was damaged, so I replaced it with "an ebay used one". It started OK and I replaced WIN98 with WINXP. I even installed AutoCad14 and it was working fine. Then it quit. Error message: "Resource Conflict - PCI Network Controller in slot 03, Bus:00, Device: 0F, Function: 00". While tinkering around, from DOS A:, I entered Format C:. Big MIstake!! Now, I can still boot up to C: but the only file there is Command Com.

Question: What can I do to educate this C: hard drive to do its real job. The 3.5 floppy drive still works. After replacing the old Hard Drive, I installed WIN98 and then upgrading to WINXP from the Hitachi CD drive without any problem, just by inserting the disks and answering the questions; but it will not plug and play now. It is still shown in the BIOS and is supposed to boot first, but it doesn't. Neither the WINXP or the WIN98 installation disk will do their job. From the DOS "DIR COMMAND", I can read files from A: and C: but not E: (the Hitachi CD). Message says there is no E:

Embarrassing story. Anyone willing & able to help??

   

hubby
Re: Hard Drive Mistake

So the issue now isnt with your hard drive, the issue is that the computer does not see the CD drive now, right?
If that's the case, double check all the bios settings (usually "auto" works") and check any PIN/DIP switches on both drives.
If that's not the issue, then please clarify.
All that said, fair warning: Neither Win 98 or Win XP are "safe" for use if you will be putting them on the internet. Not only are they not safe for you, they pose a risk to the rest of us on the internet as well.

reevesjo
Re: Hard Drive Mistake

No intention of putting that computer on the internet. Only reason to resurrect it was to make changes on Church maps with AutoCAD14. No PIN/DIP switches were changed between it working and not working. Now to the BIOS settings. I have used the defaults and also reset them to the original settings that I had recorded on paper. The only thing that happens at boot-up is the C: prompt.
So: there are three problems:
1. I entered "A: format C:" so this screwed up the Master hard drive. I can still boot to the C: but when I type DIR, "Command Com" is the only file that show up.
2. The Error code shown in the original Post that occurs during boot-up and then when I click ESC the C: prompt appears.
3. The Hitachi CD does not plug & play either the WIN98 or WINXP disks.

It seems that I need to move some files to the C: to make it act like the Master once again, or ??? Any help appreciated.

hubby
Re: Hard Drive Mistake

maybe try a 'system format', which if my memory from doing this 15 years ago is correct, is something like FORMAT /S
(might have to look up the exact syntax).
That should make the drive bootable and put on all the system files, but they are still only DOS system files. Not sure if that is going to solve the issue though.

reevesjo
Re: Hard Drive Mistake

Praise the Lord, I have made a little progress. I reseated all of the smaller boards and the Error Message disappeared ("Resource Conflict - PCI Network Controller in slot 03, Bus:00, Device: 0F, Function: 00").

I can now Boot Up and with a 3.5 floppy, get to a screen that says: 1."Start with CD-Rom support; 2. or without; or 3. Help screen.

No action: 2."Without CD-ROM support". 1."With CD-ROM support", it comes to a message: "This driver is provided by Oak Technology OTI-ATAPI CD-ROM device driver Rev D91XV352. Device Name :MSCD001_"

"I am assuming that I need this driver to make the Hitachi CD device to work. Problem: I can only input info with my 3.5 floppy drive, which is working and not the CD device which is not working. I don't have another 3.5 floppy drive to load this info.

Some one suggests: Reformating the Master Hard Drive. Need to study a little longer to figure out how to do this without the CD device.

reevesjo
Re: Hard Drive Mistake

I now have an external 3.5 floppy drive that works with my laptop; then I can download to the floppy on the defective computer. Having a lot of trouble finding the required driver OTI-91X for the Hitachi CD drive.

Every place wants me to download thousands of others in some kind of a package deal. I tried one and it took 8 floppies to contain it all. Surely there is an easier way to get one driver.

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