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I have an old AMD K-6 motherboard chugging along with a
Western Digital 30G on the rig which has been running ok for a long time.

Recently I bought a 100G Maxtor 'Basic' 100G drive on
deal brand new from the Office Depot.

In trying to set this thing up, I first tried to format and get it going with its Max Balst software. The Maxblast software supplied with the drive gave back the error "Non Maxtor Drive found-- cannot proceed" or some such. This happened with Maxblast 4 supplied on cd and also with Maxblast 10 which I had downloaded recently to a
floppy for just such an emergency. (!)

As a workaround, I tried to use Norton Ghost to clone the
drive on from a newer setup. The clone process went ok and
the Maxtor was recognized by my 2 other computers.

Now to the AMD.

This is the oldest machine I have. I have no idea if the
BIOS has over been flashed or anything else, but it's been
running with Win98SE, a 30G drive and a NIC and not much else except a monitor.

What happens:

If I plug the Maxtor to the AMD K-6, the boot process
stops at the drive and says 'Press F-4' to continue. But
trying to skip past it doesn't work either.

I set the CDROM to boot first hoping to reinstall the OS
but the "press f-4" doesn't not allow me to proceed.

At the jumpers I've tried all the possibilities which are
none and master-- the drive came with a jumper on
'cable select' for some reason so I tried that too. Still
nothing at the "Press F-4 to continue prompt.

If this is a BIOS thing, I couldn't find it in there either. After reading the manual that came with the drive I'm
still stumped.

Seeing Maxblast 4 rather than something more recent and the fact that this Maxtor "Basic" drive has different
packaging than I've seen, it may be that these are being
dumped-- esp. at $20 after rebate. Still, if can squeeze a year or 2 out of it on this old server with the larger capacity, it's a good deal.


When I replugged the 30G it fired up as always. It's the
only drive on the computer.

What kind of troubleshooting is left to do?
 

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If you yank out the 30gig drive. Set the 100gig drive to master. Set bios
to boot to floppy first. The win98 boot disk, "floppy" will not boot? You
may have to go into bios and set drives to autodetect, those old boards
had some wierd issues. I think there was a 37gig limitation for win98. May
have to partition into smaller chunks.
 

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If you yank out the 30gig drive. Set the 100gig drive to master. Set bios
to boot to floppy first. The win98 boot disk, "floppy" will not boot? You
may have to go into bios and set drives to autodetect, those old boards
had some wierd issues. I think there was a 37gig limitation for win98. May
have to partition into smaller chunks.

Jeez. Well I've shaved everything off the 30 I can to keep it going. Multiple partitions will not work for bittorrent far as I know.
 
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