OT PC Surgery

David J Brooks pentkon52 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 24 06:50:18 EDT 2009


Thanks John.

Maybe i'll try that today.

My boot up problems have been on and off for about a year and a bit,
so i'm not sure. Cable, battery, HD.??

Dave

On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 9:56 PM, John Sessoms <jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> You shouldn't lose anything, but the first time you boot after replacing the
> CMOS battery you're going to get another of those DOS screens where you have
> to press f1 & go into setup. It'll detect the hardware and save the settings
> when you exit.
>
> If the problem *IS* the CMOS battery, once you replace it, that will be the
> last time you have to do that for a while unless you replace other hardware.
>
> From: David J Brooks
>>
>> 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
>>
>> Dave
>>
>> 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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