Boot error??!?!?

Question

I was running my dell 8100 normally yesterday and after offing it, i rebooted the next morning. When i did, the area near my floppy drive made this load clicking noise (like a clock) and the floppy drive was busy even though there wasnt anything in it. After that it says, "strike f1 to retry boot or f2 for setup utility"

Can you give me any tips how to fix it thru set up or something.?

Answer

This question was answered on December 5, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hit f12 at startup and change the boot order to hard disk first instead of floppy.

There may be an issue with the floppy drive, or the the rear option connector (or there may be a floppy in the floppy drive) Or, your HD bit the dust.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 5, 2004