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mckiernan

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    Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
    « on: January 23, 2010, 01:44:00 PM »
    Hi

    I was using ubuntu on my old shuttle xpc and decided it wasn't doing it for me software-wise so tried to reinstall windows xp.  Everytime i tried to boot xp i would get so far and then get a message " The file dac2w2k.sys is corrupted press any key".  I tricked around with different bios settings with no joy so then went to "restore fail safe bios" (something like this). 
    Now when I turn on the machine i just get to the first screen with the intel picture and cant get any further.  I've tried going into the boot screen but it just says "loading boot menu" and nothing happens.  Same happens when i try to get into the bios. 

    My knowledge of the hardware workings of a pc is little to none so i've no idea how to reset the bios, if this is in fact the problem.  Could anyone advise me? I would be so grateful.

    Thanks

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    Re: Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
    « Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 10:11:34 AM »
    Hello,

    In order to reset the bios:

    1 Unplug your computer from the wall.

    2 Open up the side of the computer case.

    3 On the motherboard there is a little button cell battery. Take it out.

    4 Leave the battery out for about 5 min.

    5 Put the battery back in and your bios should now be reset.

    mckiernan

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      Re: Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
      « Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010, 05:47:45 AM »
      hey thanks,
      that seemed to do the trick, can get back into bios now.  Still have the same problem though with trying to reinstall windows.  I'll try post in a different area of the site.

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      Re: Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
      « Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 06:36:42 AM »
      Your welcome.

      Now you still cant boot to the windows install CD/DVD? Did you change the boot priority in the bios to tell it to boot from the CD/DVD drive first? After resetting the bios it may have changed the boot device priority and you might need to tell it to try booting from the CD/DVD drive.

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        Re: Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
        « Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 06:44:24 AM »
        hey,

        Yeah I can boot from cd, the problem is I can only get so far with the installation until I get the error message

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        Re: Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
        « Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010, 06:50:08 AM »
        Are you getting the message before or after you format the hard drive during setup?

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        Re: Cant boot past "intel inside pentium 4 " screen
        « Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010, 06:53:30 AM »
        This is probably because the GRUB loader from Linux is still present...

        Removing GRUB...
           
         
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