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First post, by Captain Catnip

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Hi there,

I have a problem with a 486 DX 33 on a PVI-486SP3.

I can't get it to boot from a floppy or CF. I made a bootable floppy disk (Phils starter) in a different computer and also tested it there - works flawlessly. Put that same disk, even the drive with it, into the 486 - Disk Boot failure.
Tried several different Boot Disks, tried 5 different 3.5" floppy drives, different files/images, can't get it to boot from floppy. Is there any hidden jumper or setting I'm too blind to find?

Reply 1 of 3, by matze79

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Did you test different Controller ? Cable ?

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Reply 2 of 3, by Captain Catnip

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Forgot to mention that I got the floppy to work with a system on C:
I could use the floppy normally and it was fine, just can't boot from it. My first cable was indeed dead, but I got that fixed.
Would a faulty controller make it possible to fully use a drive but not boot from it?

Reply 3 of 3, by douglar

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Do you get any error messages? Does the drive light come on?

Here are things to check:
Is the Bios set up properly ( Correct drive type / Boot Order)
Are you using a 486 with WB cache on a system that doesn't really support it?
Is the boot sector on the disk damaged?
Does the disk have undamaged boot files?