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bmacgurk

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  • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
    can't get computer to start in anything
    « on: June 27, 2005, 12:57:00 PM »
    i get adisk error occured insert a system diskette and restart the system. i've tried everything i can think of to resolve this problem i know that the hard drive regesters on the bios when i go to setup everything looks ok the hard drive last i used it has windows 2000 and me on it please help me solve this problem

    merlin_2

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    Re: can't get computer to start in anything
    « Reply #1 on: June 27, 2005, 01:12:42 PM »
    take the floppy disk out......on boot up hold down the f8 key  and chose the last good config...option
    « Last Edit: June 27, 2005, 01:13:22 PM by merlin_2 »

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      Re: can't get computer to start in anything
      « Reply #2 on: June 27, 2005, 01:18:42 PM »
      tried that get keyboard error 42-301

      merlin_2

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      Re: can't get computer to start in anything
      « Reply #3 on: June 27, 2005, 01:25:12 PM »
      so what is it doing ........with out the boot floppy disk in the drive....does it pass post......
      « Last Edit: June 27, 2005, 01:25:36 PM by merlin_2 »

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        Re: can't get computer to start in anything
        « Reply #4 on: June 27, 2005, 02:09:49 PM »
        no  it comes up with f1 boot in blue . press f1 and i get the same message again. how would i wipe out the memory in order to try the bootdisk would this work and how would i do it just a thought .
             
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        merlin_2

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        Re: can't get computer to start in anything
        « Reply #5 on: June 27, 2005, 02:16:14 PM »
        is this an erb disk.....load the win2k disk and do a repair?>http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm    the instructions are the same for win2k! you dual-boot......did you make a copy from the partition manager.....rescue disk.....

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          Re: can't get computer to start in anything
          « Reply #6 on: June 27, 2005, 02:29:46 PM »
          what is an erb and no at the time i didn't but i have 2000 on another comp that i made an emergency disk for tried that and got the same result

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          Re: can't get computer to start in anything
          « Reply #7 on: June 27, 2005, 02:34:13 PM »
          what the make of this drive......did you partition this drive on the fly
          « Last Edit: June 27, 2005, 02:38:28 PM by merlin_2 »

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            Re: can't get computer to start in anything
            « Reply #8 on: June 27, 2005, 03:52:57 PM »
            still getting the same thing is there anything else that i can try


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              Re: can't get computer to start in anything
              « Reply #10 on: June 27, 2005, 04:08:48 PM »
              the hard drive is a western digital 23200 enhanced ied hd model-ac23200-60lc 3.2gb  i had fdisk and formated the hard drive before want to re fdisk and format to put 98se on a simple os for my daughterbut can't get it to do anything . it in a compaq deskpro en series computer. should i try to set it for a slave on another comp and try to fdisk and format it there its the only thing i haven't tried yet.

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              merlin_2

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              Re: can't get computer to start in anything
              « Reply #11 on: June 27, 2005, 04:17:55 PM »
              ok i ave got it. :D....my fault never read the post properly....
              its a laptop.drive.wd clunks at bit ....but its ok...you will need a win98 boot disk from> http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htmget  the one which comes with cdrom drivers.....load it at the A:\> type sys /c    it should dispslay a message system transfered......now load the win98 disk....is will  do the rest..or a short cut boot it up and hold down either of these keys F10 /DEL  bios setup and change the boot sequence to boot from cdrom drive...  


              The error before was because is was a win2k boot disk....<i should have read your post more> ;)More info if needed>>>http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000569.htm                   (i hate mondays!!!)
              « Last Edit: June 27, 2005, 04:26:14 PM by merlin_2 »

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                Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                « Reply #12 on: June 28, 2005, 12:50:33 PM »
                merlin,
                           thats not the problem i can't change the setup ,it won't run the post for me to see what bios it is and it won't let me change the boot order this not a laptop comp its a desk top. i bought this at a yard sale and been tring to access it for a couple of days the hard drive was one thta i had made extra in case i had one that failed i get disk failare and non system disk insert system disk and restart.can't change the boot order won't let me. please help me find some answers been to compaq and western digital phenix and award nothing help!!!!!!!!!!
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                Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                « Reply #13 on: June 28, 2005, 02:00:25 PM »
                download a win98 boot disk>>http://www.bootdisk.com/   the one which comes with cdrom drivers.....load it at the A:\> type sys /c    it should display a message system transfered......now load the win98 disk read more here if you  need to>>>>>.....dont forget to take the boot floppy back out of the drive......there will no need to change the boot sequence if you do this.....ok
                « Last Edit: June 28, 2005, 02:01:58 PM by merlin_2 »

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                Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                « Reply #14 on: June 28, 2005, 02:04:18 PM »
                How is the CMOS battery and is the drive being seen in the BIOS?

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                  Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                  « Reply #15 on: June 28, 2005, 02:04:25 PM »
                  merlin ,
                             did that and more can't get a command prompt for a:\ on it won't even run the bios have a boot 98disk with cdrom drivers and won't work.

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                  Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                  « Reply #16 on: June 28, 2005, 02:11:13 PM »
                  hold down the f1 key...does it display the bios screen........it  must have passed post.....for it to display non system disk........download a boot disk.....and load it in the  fd drive.it should display the A:\> on boot up....

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                    Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                    « Reply #17 on: June 28, 2005, 02:18:37 PM »
                    yes
                    says system disk or disk error insert system disk and restart did that toshould i take out the battery and replace it back after a minute?

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                      Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                      « Reply #18 on: June 28, 2005, 02:21:31 PM »
                      no no bios screen goes right towhere it says to f10 in lower right hand corner

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                      Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                      « Reply #19 on: June 28, 2005, 02:26:47 PM »
                      f10must be the bios setup...........leave the cmos battery where it is.....

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                        Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                        « Reply #20 on: June 28, 2005, 02:35:07 PM »
                        yes it takes me into the bios but i cant change anything .trired to do that and nothing

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                        Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                        « Reply #21 on: June 28, 2005, 02:43:31 PM »
                        try again >> this will explain how to>http://www.computerhope.com/help/phoenixa.htm
                        « Last Edit: June 28, 2005, 02:43:50 PM by merlin_2 »

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                          Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                          « Reply #22 on: June 28, 2005, 03:11:22 PM »
                          that didn't work either getting ready to toss out window ;D ;D ill get it to work with your help oh great computer god anything else you can think of

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                            Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                            « Reply #23 on: June 28, 2005, 04:04:41 PM »
                            merlin,
                                       i had a wild guess that the computer has been admin protected and maybe thats why i can't change anything how would i change that if i could that could explain some things and what else can i try to resolve this.
                                    bmacgurk

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                            Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                            « Reply #24 on: June 28, 2005, 04:05:47 PM »
                            the bios is held on the hard drive in a  hidden partiton
                            if some one has made changes to the hard ware you may have  to flash the bios
                            ..maybe this lot has the answer>
                            http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/setupCategory?dlc=en&tool=setupCategory&lc=en&cc=us&dest_page=setupCategory&product=67345

                            what o/s install on the hard drive.....orignally



                            did you try the bootisks..........
                            « Last Edit: June 28, 2005, 04:06:24 PM by merlin_2 »

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                            Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                            « Reply #25 on: June 28, 2005, 04:40:56 PM »
                            what is the make/model of this pc.......i had an old compaq....with the two foot square motherboard.....and it weighed a ton.......it got used as a server in the end....

                            did this pc come with any floppy disks....   then we have the problem of drivers for sound/video......

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                              Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                              « Reply #26 on: June 28, 2005, 05:02:18 PM »
                              merlin,
                                        my guess is that i had to be either 98se or 95 what i put on it was 2000 pro and me which i thought i had erased i guessing because it was a while back. yes i did try the botdisks a still couldn't get to the a:\ prompt. download a bunch of stuff that thought would help me from differant site but to no avail.so back to square one.

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                                Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                                « Reply #27 on: June 28, 2005, 05:07:31 PM »
                                merlin,
                                         this comp is a compaq en series 6288. not a tower but one you can put your monitor on top.pentium 2 found a sticker that said windows nt-98 .does this help.
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                                Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                                « Reply #28 on: June 29, 2005, 02:43:37 AM »
                                how did you put win2k pro on it??  what happens if you hold down the f5 key on boot up.....when you boot this machine without any disks in drive what message comes up.......no operating system......?send me a message i may have something to sort it out....<cyptic>
                                « Last Edit: June 29, 2005, 02:52:20 AM by merlin_2 »

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                                  Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                                  « Reply #29 on: June 29, 2005, 07:45:40 AM »
                                  ok where do i send it to and i had it on another comp that had an accident comp fell off a shelf i had it on busted up pretty good saved what i could from it.installed it on thata while back to use as a backup

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                                  Re: can't get computer to start in anything
                                  « Reply #30 on: June 29, 2005, 10:35:48 AM »
                                  leave a personal message.......click on my name and at the bottom of the webpage ^.....i have a hard drive for you?
                                  « Last Edit: June 29, 2005, 10:38:04 AM by merlin_2 »