system setup

April 27, 2010 at 11:10:57
Specs: Windows XP
I just had a error message on this old machine of mine that it lost system inf battery low.
replaced the cr1025 battery fired back up re-entered the date and time.
I am in the systemsetup looking at the first and second hard disk type
I dont know how many heads
I dont know how many cylinders
I dont know how many sectors/track
I dont know how many write precomp
I dont know landing zone
I need to put something in these fields but dont have the info?

How can I find it?
Do you have it?

Please help



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April 27, 2010 at 11:47:02
You don't need to enter it manually. Look for an auto-detect setting.

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April 27, 2010 at 11:58:42
Hi Thanks for the reply.
I just set it to auto and cold booted it, and when it started back up I had a black screen that said cannot start computer
I had to reboot it and hit F11 until i got the main start up screen. Luckily I got back to ht e system startup screen where I can enter specs.
I entered the specs from the link below, rebooted and I get the cannot start insert system disk????

This is an old win 95 system that I use for my sign business and has only 1 function to cut.
Found this site which had spec for the quantum prodrive els 170 MB
I just entered the same specs in the fields

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April 27, 2010 at 12:54:30
You probably need to change the boot order. That is on a different screen in the BIOS settings. Set for Floppy drive first, CD drive second and Hard Drive third. Save and exit (F10).

Be sure the other drives are properly configured in the BIOS.

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April 27, 2010 at 15:29:38
You might have to look up the specs of the drive and see if they
have alternate geometries. Some early Bioses had track limits.

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April 27, 2010 at 21:39:31
So the computer was working OK but the battery died and you lost the drive specs?

If it has a type of AUTO you'd generally use that. Or there might be an 'auto detect hard drive' to find its configuration.

If you manually enter the specs use 65536 for precomp and landing zone. That means 'doesn't matter' as IDE drives don't need those specs.

The C/H/S (cylinders/heads/sectors per track) I find for that is 1011/15/22

That is a translated setting and not the actual. Having a C/H/S translation makes it easier to set up for some bios'. An 'auto detect hard drive' might find different specs.

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April 27, 2010 at 22:45:48
Hey guys,

Thanks a lot for the info.
I didn't have anymore time to play
around as I needed the computer
to cut templates for signs.
I took it to london drugs where I
originally bought it in

I know..your thinking why does he
still have this boat anchor but it
still rocks and cuts templates like
a dream.

This site is awesome for replies
and (intelligent)support.

Thanks again for the help I really
appreciate it.

I will definitely come here from
now on.

Are you guys as smart on macs?


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