Need Help: Cannot Boot

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by rctRCT, May 13, 2001.

  1. rctRCT

    rctRCT Guest

    Alright, this is what happened (in chronological order)<br>
    -I let Chris (friend) buy my old Pentium 100mhz PC (w/ 40MB RAM, 14.4 Modem, 8x CD-ROM drive, and an ld SB sound card) for $100. However, it ran in DOS.<br>
    -We tried to install the drivers for the CD-ROM drive but I don't know the command for "reboot" in MS-DOS (the program required us to reboot the PC).<br>
    -I came over later to find that he had enabled a user password and an admin password. Whenever we tried to boot it said:<br>
    "Floppy Drive B: Failure<br>
    Press F1 to Setup or Esc for Boot"<br>
    And for some strange reason, he had enabled a drive B disk drive. But the PC only had an A drive (3 1/2 floppy) and a C drive (HDD).<br>
    -I found out that Chris had a PC with Windows 98 installed. So we opened up the PC and tried to take out the old 1GB HDD. We couldn't get one screw out so we decided to just put the newer HDD in the next available 3 1/2 inch slot.<br>
    -There were no more available cables that go into the HDD so we took out the cable of the old drive and put it in the new one.<br>
    -Then we booted up the computer and it still displayed the "Floppy Drive B: Failure" so we entered setup. We went into the security tab and disabled the user password, but we were unable to disable the Admin password (which meant that we couldn't disable the drive B floppy disk).<br>
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    Please help me! <IMG SRC="smileys/dead.gif"> <IMG SRC="smileys/dead.gif"> <br>
     
  2. effenjee

    effenjee Master Guru

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    The only thing i can think of is to clear the cmos memory. Motherboard manuals usually tell you how to do this or you could probably look it up on the net.it just consists of using a jumper to short a couple pins. But which pins? That's what you need to find out. <br>
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    What kind of motherboard is it?
     
  3. Agreed, look for a CMOS jumper, and set it from position 1-2 towards 2-3 for about 5 seconds. Then place the jumper back and reboot.
     
  4. rctRCT

    rctRCT Guest

    I don't understand what you mean by "set it from position 1-2 towards 2-3". <IMG SRC="smileys/suspect.gif"> <br>
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    I'm not sure what type of motherboard it is.
     

  5. Fershlugg

    Fershlugg Master Guru

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    Look for a battery on the motherboard. Somewhere near there is probably a three prong connector with a jumper over two of the pins. Move the jumper from the two that it is on over to the one that is unconnected and the middle one. Wait 5 seconds. Place jumper back where it was. Failing that, remove the battery and wait for a minute or so. Replace the battery.<br>
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    Another option is to go into the BIOS settings (look for the command to enter BIOS on the bottom of the screen when you first boot). Once in the settings menu, look for a command to swap the floppy disk designation from A: to B:. If there is one, set the floppy to A:.<br>
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    Sometimes if you can find the computer manual it is a keyboard combination that swaps the drive, like Alt-Esc. That would be done just as the computer boots.<br>
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    Good luck... <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif"><br>
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    P.S.- Reboot is the same as in Windows.... Ctrl+Alt+Delete <IMG SRC="smileys/sticktongue.gif"><br><br><i>This message was edited by Fershlugg on 13 May 2001 11:36 AM</i>
     
  6. Viper507

    Viper507 Guest

    Some older Pentium motherboards require that the power be on while you short the jumper as described above. The safe way would be to try with power off first and if that doesn't work then short the jumper and turn the power on for about 10 seconds and then shut it off. Replace the jumper and then fire it up with your fingers crossed. <IMG SRC="smileys/smile.gif">
     

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