OT PC Surgery

David J Brooks pentkon52 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 19:47:12 EDT 2009

Thanks John I'll try that.

Side note, if i replace the Bios battery, do i lose anythin, have to
reset anything.???? I'll get one in the am


On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 9:38 PM, John Sessoms <jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> David J Brooks
>> Well, it looks like its time to do something about my 8 year old MDG
>> P4 computer.
>> Its been acting up again the last few weeks, not booting. It does
>> after a number of reboots. I get a boot fail, system halted, or a full
>> DOS screen with all my memory numbers and a few other things, and at
>> the bottom i get press f12 to boot form network or f1 to enter set up.
>> I enter set up, scroll over to exit and it boots.
>> Its an old machine, slow and USB 1.1 to boot, but its calibrated well
>> for my Epson 2400 prints, so i'm leaning on fixing it one more time.
>> Going in Saturday for a look see. Hopefully adding a new HD and
>> mapping my stuff off the old one will work. The HD was upgraded 3
>> years ago and never really worked well after. Many boot problems, but
>> it would work, eventually.
> It's been a while since I have had to troubleshoot a computer, but these are
> some things I remember.
> If you've got everything you need to keep from the HDD backed up onto
> another drive, try booting to a command prompt and run "chkdsk" to see if it
> reports any errors on the HDD.
> Or if you haven't backed up everything you need, boot it however you have to
> get it up and copy everything you need to keep before you run "chkdsk".
> "Chkdsk" shouldn't hurt anything, but why take chances.
> If it's a FAT32 system, try "scandisk".
> I'd also look to replacing the CMOS battery. It may be just losing the
> settings when shut down. That would account for it booting after you exit
> setup.
> If "chkdsk" reports errors, you can use it with the /f switch to "fix"
> errors.
> It may also have corrupted the boot sector on the HDD. Use "fdisk /mbr" with
> Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT and "fixmbr" (have to boot from the installation
> CD and choose recovery) for XP or Vista.
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