PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Glenn - Au » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 19:51:38


The pc is an IBM clone with MSI motherboard. I just installed Win98SE,
removed my installcd, and the pc won't boot from the harddisk.

The bios is set to boot from HDD-0, the harddisk is primary master (and I do
know how to attach cables and set jumpers).
Windows is bootable through the WIN98SE cd.

Is there something wrong with the system files on the harddisk? If so, what
should I look for?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Glenn.
 
 
 

PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Don Philli » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 21:40:55


do
what

1. Test that you can boot DOS from a
floppy and then load c:\windows\WIN.COM.

[ 1b. Check BIOS setting: to boot first
from A:, then from C:]

2. Under DOS
A: SYS C:
This transfers boot sector code from floppy to HDD.
Then reboot and Windows shoudl start.

 
 
 

PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Glenn - Au » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 22:30:12

Tnx for the reply!

Being able to boot from win98SE cd must mean that it's possible to boot in
dos - I believe win98 cd uses ms-dos (or pc dos?).
(And I do know how to work with a bios ;) )
Repairing it with the floppy may or may not be possible, but I'm more
interested in determing what really cased this problem.
I weekly build about 20 pc's with this kind of configuration, and this is
the first time I encountered this problem.

The pc used to work fine, came back from one of our clients, and I generally
format & reinstall the pc so there wouldn't be any "junk" left on it.
And now it doesn't work any more...

So I was kinda curious what caused this, my guess it is or a wrongly
declared partition (not a primary active one or so, have to chek this in
fdisk), or system boot files missing.

This is also why I wonder what the win98se cd does, as it makes my disk
bootable.

Glenn.





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PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Glenn - Au » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 23:03:58

loading WIN gives this error:


"VFAT device initialization failed

A device or resource required by VFAT is not present or is unavailable. VFAT
cannot continue loading.

System halted."

Typyng "a: sys c:" gives no feedback and doesn't resolve the problem.

Any other suggestions?

Glenn.
 
 
 

PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Hugh Candl » Wed, 26 Nov 2003 02:23:20


Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 139063
Error Message: VFAT Device Initialization Failed
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 190110
VFAT Initialization Error Message Installing Windows 98
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
 
 
 

PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Glenn - Au » Wed, 26 Nov 2003 19:18:42

I solved the problem, semt to be a defective IDE-flatcable... (I think with
only one pin damaged or so, because booting from another medium to the
harddisk was possible and when cable was replaced the system booted from the
WIN I just installed on it).

Thanks for your help anyway!

Glenn






VFAT
 
 
 

PC bios won't boot from HDD, does when selecting "boot hdd" in win98se cd boot menu

Post by Glenn - Au » Fri, 28 Nov 2003 23:30:49

Thanks for the replies!

The cause semt to have been a defective IDE - cable, although I think it was
only a pin that is required to make a HDD bootable that has been damaged -
as I could use the HDD normally when booting from another medium.

Sigh, problem solved.

Glenn



do
what