IBM 5150/5155/5160 - Some possible causes of the 1701 error
The 1701 error is generated by the BIOS expansion ROM on an XT-class hard disk controller.
Therefore, the controller's user manual is the authoritative source for information as to why the controller generated the 1701 error.
Some possibilities follow.
• Hard disk controller: Not seated correctly in slot.
• Hard disk controller: Edge connector contacts are dirty.
• Hard disk controller: Sitting in slot #8 of an IBM 5155 or IBM 5160. (Few cards work in 5155/5160 slot #8.)
• Hard disk controller: Partially defective.
• Hard disk controller: A new hard disk controller has been added to the 'system', but the new controller does not recognise the particular low level format on the platters of the existing hard drive.
• Hard drive: Not powered properly. Verify that both +5V and +12V are getting to the hard drive (ideally, making the measurement on the drive).
• Hard drive: Not jumpered properly.
• Hard drive: Not terminated properly.
• Hard drive: Defective.
• Hard drive: A new hard disk has been added to the 'system', but the hard disk controller does not recognise the particular low level format on the platters of the hard drive.
• Cabling: Not connected properly. (Diagrams at here.)
• Cabling: Defective.
• Cabling: A twisted control cable is in use, but the wrong type - see here.
• Motherboard: Edge connector contacts in slot are dirty/damaged. (Try a different slot.)
The green spacecraft below is another known source of 1701 errors: