Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Thu Jan 20 02:02:45 PST 2005

On 2005-01-20 04:30, Anthony Atkielski <atkielski.anthony at> wrote:
>Giorgos Keramidas writes:
>> I've seen Windows machines "lose" CD-ROM or floppy drives, on
>> perfectly working systems.  You may find that booting the
>> installation CD-ROM of some FreeBSD version locates the floppy
>> drive just fine.
> The problem is external to Windows.  The machine won't even boot
> off a diskette.

I see.  I hadn't realized that, until I read the entire thread.

> The floppy drive makes the usual noises as the BIOS goes through its
> paces, but then the BIOS says that the diskette isn't there.  It's
> frustrating.  The machine is so old and has been so reliable that I
> don't remember much about configuring the BIOS, and I have no idea
> where the documentation is now.  It _seems_ like the diskette drive
> may have a problem, but I'm not sure.

This is likely too.  Floppies have mechanical moving parts that are
more prone to failure than other pieces of hardware.

>> Your best choise may be to install by physically moving the disk to
>> an other system.  Then you can return the disk to the Vectra system
>> and let it boot.
> No other systems available currently, alas.  And this machine has
> SCSI drives; the other machines have cheaper IDE or SATA drives.

Hmmm, that could be a problem.  Any chance of installing a SCSI
controller to one of the other machines? :-)

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