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Old 07-13-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I just got home for lunch and my wife showed me her computer, saying she couldn't get out of it and that XP wasn't loading. She asked me what this was that we were looking at and I told her it was the BIOS. This was what loaded instead of Windows.

I'm just wondering what would happen to cause that. The only thing I could think of that might've caused it, or if there's anything I can do. I tried to exit the BIOS, but it would disappear for a second, then return.

She bought the computer, a desktop, in 2001.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:50 PM
 
Location: US
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Does it show any errors, or does it just go into the setup? Maybe it wants the date/time set for some reason?
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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First thing to look at is the date and time. If you have to reset those, then the best guess on a 7 year old computer is that you need a new battery. Of course, there could be many causes for this, but try the easy ones first.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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There are no error messages at all. Time and date are correct. Could it still be the battery? Maybe I should find a battery and then see what happens.

One thing that occurred to me when I saw this had to do with an article I read not too long ago about using compressed air. The guy warned that using the air too close to important MOBO components could be cold enough to do harm. He suggested keeping the nozzle farther away and using shorter bursts. But I don't know what kind of message (if anything) I'd get if I had caused the processor or something to go bad.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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It might not be finding a hard drive, or be set to try to boot from an A: drive. Go into that section of BIOS and verify that a hard drive has been found and the pecking order is C: A: etc.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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I had that problem before and I had to replace the hard drive.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Did this computer ever get fixed? What turned out to be the problem? Did the BIOS find a hard disk? I'm curious what happened.

When I've seen hard drives fail (or in at least 3 cases, the ribbon cable worked loose), the message was that the Operating System could not be found.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I haven't gotten into it, yet. I'm going to go ahead and get a battery, since that's likely to be the next thing to go. And if I'm real lucky, it'll work. But I will check the settings and also see if everything is plugged in like it should be.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:20 PM
 
Location: US
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If you look in the BIOS setup and it is holding the time OK then it isn't the battery. I don't have any suggestions though.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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Are you saying if you exit the bios the computer wornt start windows?
Does it go to the C: prompt? If yes then most likely a windows problem and not a bios problem.

Do you hear any beeps when it starts up (Bios posting) ? One beep is normal. Two three or four usually mean a bad connection for the keyboard, mouse, or videocard problem.

This is off the top of my head but should get you in the area.
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