About 4 mos ago my computer began to display this message "Diskette drive 0 seek failure" on a black screen at startup. When this happens the computer may or may not startup. I was told by a computer shop that my hard drive needs to be replaced. Others have said it's my battery. Does anyone know what may be causing this and what I can do to fix it?
I was so frustrated when I reinstalled my operating system (Windows XP Home Edition) only to find upon boot-up that I was getting the message "FLOPPY DISKETTE SEEK FAILURE". I am a former Network Admin and I spent 3 hours reinstalling, pulling the jumper on the system board, etc., etc. I finally searched the internet, and everything mentioned there I had ALREADY TRIED to NO SUCCESS!!!! I was finally so exasperated I called DELL in spite of the fact my PC was out of warranty. Thankfully the tech could hear the frustration in my voice and I told him thousands of people on the internet wrote with this same problem so this is prevalent to DELL Dimension 9150s. He put me on hold and came back with the following and it WORKED IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!
1) Reboot PC and hit F2 key to go into SETUP.
2) Arrow down to DRIVES and hit Enter.
3) Arrow down one space to "DISKETTE DRIVE" and hit Enter
4) Highlight "OFF" and Hit Enter
5) Press Esc to Exit
6) Highlight EXIT and hit Enter
I had the same problem w/ the seek failure message, got the answer here, but had trouble finding the step-by-step instructions on the "how to" so here they are - at least for Dell Inspirons...
TO CHANGE 1ST BOOT DEVICE TO HARD DISK...
At Startup press "F2" to enter setup;
Arrow down to select "Boot device configuration" - press enter;
Arrow down to select "1st boot device" - press enter;
Arrow cursor to select "Hard disk" - press enter;
Press "F10" to save changes;
Select "Y" for yes to confirm saving changes;
Press "esc" to go to main menu;
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TO DISABLE FDC CONTROLLER....
Arrow down to select "Integrated peripherals" - press enter;
Arrow down to select "Onboard FDC controller" - press enter;
Arrow cursor to select "disabled" - press enter;
Press F10 to save changes;
Select "Y" for yes to confirm saving changes;
I have a Dell Dimension E521 with Windows XP Media Edition installed and I recently had an AVG screenpop up telling me I had a virus so I started a system scan. During this scan my pc restarted itself so I couldnt complete the scan and now when I try to boot up windows it says "Loading your personal settings" then if i'm lucky i'll get my wallpaperscreencome up for a few seconds and then it will go back to the user accounts screen and say "Logging Off". I have tried to run it again and reboot it but to no avail.
I have tried rebooting in safe mode, i've tried rebooting from the hard drive and the CD-Rom using the windows installation disc I originally got with the machineand I have tried the above options too but it still will not boot up.
I do have the "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure" message come up and it has also told me that the "Diskette Drive (B)" is corrupt.
How do I sort this and is my hard drive completely knackered?
Thanks in advance for any advice
Dell dimension 4600 bios version A07 ****||PROBLEM SOLVED ||****
What I did to solve this error was go into the bios by pressing F2 at startup.
I then changed the setting for the a: floppy drive to "disabled" as I do not have one installed.
I then checked the system event log on the bottom. It stated Bios battery failure. This explained the issue.
I then changed the bios battery inside the pc by opening the side of the case and removing the little flat 3v battery and replacing it with a new one.
*** !!!!Be sure to have the computer off and unplugged for about 20 seconds before attempting to replace the system battery. Also when replacing the battery make sure you are using one hand to hold a metal part of your computer case or have an electrostatic wrist strap on to avoid electrostatic discharge and damaging your internal electrical components!!!! ***
I had the same bother and it was enabling floppy disc drive which I dont have.go to bios f2 and click on load default then go into Integral at the bottom.Click on FDC or FDS and disable it and you have cracked it
I have 2 errors Disk 0 and Disk 1 seek failure. When I go to F2 nothing happens or F12 nothing hppens, same message w/no results. I am assuming the motherboard at this point is dead as there is no BIOS to find.
Check your hardware configuration in your computer. How many hard drives do you have? on your IDE Cable, the big skinny Grey cord, make sure you plug the end cord of the IDE cable to your hard drive and your CD/DVD ROM drive to your middle one and the other end to your motherboards primary IDE port(Should say on your motherboard were to plug into Primary IDE) and change your jumpers on your CD/DVD Rom to slave(Look on the drive it should say were to plug it in for the jumpers) and your hard drive you use to store your OS on to Master,|| and your other hard drive you use to store your photos and all on master also(plug this on the secondary IDE port if there isn't one, refer to step 1) and start up your computer(but remember if you have a second hard drive, use the end of the ribbon cable to your hard drive and the other to the motherboard(usually the blue part that goes into the motherboard) and it should work. if it don't tell me your hard drive configuration and I shall help you. and I think that error message shows if these steps didn't help, go into your bios and change the settings on the drives to
1:Primary Master Drive Boot Device - CD/DVD Rom
2: Primary Slave drive - hard drive
3: Secondary Master Drive - Hard drive.
if these don't work refer to this post and I will try and help you on your problem, but post your hard drive configuration and maybe some pictures of your bios so I can help properly.
Hi this might happen becaue of Faulty or improperly installed diskette, loose diskette/CD interface cable, or loose power cable.Replace the diskette. Ensure that the diskette/CD-drive subsystem is properly installed. If the problem persists, replace the diskette/CD-drive subsystem. try checking it might help
Thanks bigane, my error message was fixed, but after that it goes into this black screen with just the arrow mouse on it. This started happening around the same time as the error message, what could it be?
I've tried shutting it off in the BIOS menu but then I get a bunch of other messages witch I forget what they say but after that the computer just does nothing so I have to restart the computer and turn it back on for it work. the computer runs just fine when the menu pops up and I hit F1.
I should also let you know that the computer was used by my uncle who like to vist porn sites and the computer was loaded with virus and everything before I did the the factory default restart.
I fixed mine. The board reset when I removed the battery. So I went into BIOS and set the floppy drive to disabled (because I have no floppy so it will never find a floppy upon startup). It was right on the first page of the BIOS settings.
When PC boots hit F2 and go to BIOS. IF it fails to enter BIOS remove power cable from hard drive and then try entering BIOS again, it should work. (off course before removing power from hard drive shut down you PC and make sure MAIN POWER IS OFF TOO) My PC did not had floppy so I disable it. Then go to each IDE make sure they are not disabled. Then very important one like many guys mentioned above me go to INTEGRATED DEVICES. In that section make sure you disable DISKETTE INTERFACE. That should do it at least it did it for me. Sorry for broken ENGLISH.