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Old 04-04-2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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Fedora 8 freeze!


I ran Fedora 8 from the cd as I didn't want to install the whole package. It worked fine until I came to reset my hard drives and found (ide chn 1 Master :_0mo1sE=z_nr-9300A wwwo100a).

I have tried repairing the MBR via windows but without success. Even when I enter the bios to redirect the boot options to CD there appears only the above as a boot for this channel.

The floppy drive will boot but having DOS onboard doesn't help much.

The same appears in the BIOS options and I cannot alter it.

Any help would be gratefully received.
 
Old 04-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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Are you running a custom computer or a Dell, compaq, etc. If you are running something custom, what motherboard do you have?
 
Old 04-05-2008, 06:03 AM   #3
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Missing info.

I was running a(NF4K8AB)mother board, a(GeForce inno3D)graphics card, with an (AMD 3200+4)and two 80GiG HDDs.

Thanks for your interest 1wnexgen.

I do hope my bios hasn't been effected as reflashing gives me the heebee-geebee's.

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Old 04-05-2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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In my boot options in bios 1)option 1 boot seguence here I can it change in CD or floppy
2 Boot sequence HD

SO if there is no floppy or cd then he boot from one of my HD in the order of my choice
It is the same in my old and new computer

MAy be it is the same in you,res

all the best
 
Old 04-05-2008, 09:53 AM   #5
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Have you tried unplugging the "master" drive from the cable? It's possible that there's some physical drive problem. (Or, more commonly, a drive cable problem.) If unplugging the drive eliminates the problem, try replacing the drive cable with a new one. If that doesn't work, you may need a new hard drive.
 
Old 04-06-2008, 06:59 AM   #6
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Bios and unplug

Thanks again guys for your thoughts.

I have several HDDs which I have tried using as stand alone masters. Each of them works on my very old system (Testing only) but I still get the present problem on my later system when swopping drives, which is why I think the bios has been written to.

As a matter of routine I always run Seatools or the Hitachi checking tools on the HDDs before using them and all the tools give me a clean bill of health before installing.

The mistake may well be that I left the bios channel open rather than disabling it on starting Fedora OS.

"Less Pace more Ace", seems to be the way to go!

I have heard of other people having this sort of problem but I haven't been able to locate anything significant on the net. Perhaps you can direct me?
 
Old 04-07-2008, 12:13 PM   #7
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Hmm, that's strange. I've never heard of the bios being written to by an OS. MBR, yes, but never the bios itself. Did you try clearing the CMOS? It'll overwrite any overclocking settings, but it should restore the bios settings to factory default.
 
Old 04-14-2008, 04:34 AM   #8
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Hmm, that's strange. I've never heard of the bios being written to by an OS. MBR, yes, but never the bios itself. Did you try clearing the CMOS? It'll overwrite any overclocking settings, but it should restore the bios settings to factory default.
Yes, I tried to clear the cmos but strangely it keeps the offending line.

The only channel left clear is the floppy!

Right or wrong I'm going to download an upgrade for the bios and try flashing it to see if it clears the problem. In the mean time I have upgraded to a newer system and have semi-successfully installed "Mint 4 light". All I have to do now is get it to go on line. Oh and learn how to use all the bells and whistles. (Running MS Windows) to connect at the moment.

As Arny says "I'll be back" of that I'm sure.
 
  


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