Here’s the problem. If you can help me solve it, I will probably kiss you the next time I see you (but please don’t let that stop you from helping me!).
I have a PIII 1Ghz, 512 Mb RAM, Dell-made and installed a second hard drive that I would like to use to install XP Pro. The hard drive is new and there is nothing on it. I also wanted to install the XP on the new HD and use it as a dual-boot, so I could make sure everything worked on the XP side before switching over completely.
The new HD came with an IDE cable and the instruction to not use any other cable. I took out the old cable and tried this new one. When I booted up the machine, I got an error that said something to the effect of “no boot diskette found, insert boot diskette into a:.” I was unable to enter BIOS via F12, F2 or ctrl+alt+Escape. Ctrl+alt+del would restart the computer. I then tried to boot up the old hard drive with the new cable and got the same result.
I switched the cables back and the old cable booted the old drive just fine. When I tried the old cable and the new drive, I got the same result.
The XP disk can be read by my computer, so I don’t think it’s a bad disk.
Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance.