First post, by SodaSuccubus
Hey vogons! Sooo sorry for the long post!
So iv had some mysterious issues plague my Win98/95 rigs. I generally like to use CF cards as a easy convenient way to move files but it seems after enough time these cards like to suspiciously all crap out, all the same way.
They just eventually refuse to boot into windows and keyboard-restarting the computer will show that the bios doesn't even detect the card anymore.
Of course, when i restart the computer proper via the PSU the bios will re-detect the CF. Only for windows to still not wanna boot.
I can't even Fdisk it with a boot disk. It'l just back out that there's been an error with drive c: This behaviour keeps up untill i re-format the card on a modern computer, to wich it will seemingly work normal on my rigs until it randomly decides to crap out again (usually sometime after a windows install)
Im at a huge loss to how this keeps happening. Its done it on my socket 7 rig, and my 440Bx slot 1. Iv tried replacing the CF-IDE converter, the cable. Only solution iv found so far is to buy a new CF card. These arn't cheepo brands eather. Iv been using SanDisk Extreme Pro cards out of the hope they last long.
Is Windows98 gaming really this killer on the CF cards life span? I am a bit of serial-windows-re-installer, constantly re-formating and re installing windows with diffrent hardware. idk, i might have done it 4-5 times on this card since iv bought it so maybe that has to do with it?
Im at a total loss, and down a few $$ in CF cards that just refuse to cooperate anymore in retro machines. Any ideas?