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bmacgurk

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  • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
    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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    merlin_2

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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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    • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
      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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      • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
        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

        merlin_2

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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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        • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
          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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          • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
            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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            • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
              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

              merlin_2

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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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              • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
                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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                • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
                  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.
                           bmacgurk

                  merlin_2

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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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                  • MARVIN MARTIAN WOULD BE PROUD
                    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