Newlt built pc, cant boot to floppy....

By damienb
Feb 10, 2007
  1. Hi all,

    Just built a PC and are have a few problems with the hard disk. I want to run a diagnosis from floppy but for some reason it wont boot to the floppy disk.

    I have tried to boot to a Win98 boot disk as well which I have used before and know works. It didn't boot to it.

    Any ideas??

  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    The most obvious problem could be your boot order. You'll need to specify the floppy (or perhaps removeable drives) FIRST in the BIOS, then CD-ROM, Hard Drive, PCI cards etc... last.

    If that sounds silly to you, then does your floppy light stay on with no disk in after you turn the PC on? It could be the cable or how it was plugged in.

    If there are any doubts your floppies could be bad (as they do go bad frequently), create a new one using a self-install image from
  3. damienb

    damienb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    Yes!! I thought this was really weird!! The light on the drive stays on regardless of there being a disk on it or not.

    The default boot sequence is floppy, hard disk, CD. I have checked that.

    The floppy drive cable I used is what came with my brand new Giga-Byte motherboard.

    I have checked the disks in another desktop machine and they work fine.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    A backwards floppy cable is the most likely cause for the light being on.

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