OK, i posted this yesterday and got little response (the one response was appreciated) : I have an old PC (Compaq Presario Desktop 7470 ) that i purchased from a yard sale. I removed the old HD and replaced it with a quantum 30gb at Lct 20 HD that had Windows ME OS on it. I booted the pc and it booted fine except windows booted up in 16 bit color. I shut down and booted again. same thing. i shut down a third time and checked BIOS settings, then set them to default. Now BIOS doesn't recognize the HD or the CD-ROM drive. I have checked all connection, reset BIOS, removed the CMOS battery, I literally have tried everything I can think of to get things going on this old PC, but I am at the end of my rope. I will say that scandisk will recognize the HD and says it is OK. I have also taken the HD out and hooked it up to another PC and it boots up Windows ME just fine. I have also tried every jumper setting on the HD and Cd-rom to no avail and the only drive that shows up in BIOS is the 3.5 floppy drive which will boot up a Windows ME Boot Disk. I don't have a problem installing a fresh OS but want and need the PC to recognize the drives before i can do that correct? I am ready to pull my hair out!! Can anyone please help me?!!!? So today I have come to the conclusion that I just want to wipe my system of everything and just do a fresh install of a new copy of windows 98 that i have laying around. The only problem is that i only have access to the floppy drive and the BIOS is not recognizing the HD as i stated yesterday. the only bootdisk that i can get to work is the windows me bootdisk. can anyone help me get started on this fresh install?