OT PC Surgery

David J Brooks pentkon52 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 24 18:25:20 EDT 2009


Well, i decided to take it in any way. I forgot i had two USB ports
that had been pushed in so i wanted them repaired any way.

Spent 15 minutes with him explaining all the symptoms and he con=m

On Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 6:50 AM, David J Brooks <pentkon52 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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