My Compaq Win 95 auto-updated configuration & can't boot up

March 22, 2012 at 13:37:19
Specs: Windows 95
I am a computer klutz and would be very grateful for some help. Greeted with a screen that said, "The following configuration options were automatically updated:Disk 1 Type:65, Disk 2 Type:66". F-1 to save changes, F-2 to ignore changes. I foolishly chose F-1 and got a "non-system disk or disk error replace & strike any key when ready". I put in both a quick restore bootable diskette & CD. I got a "Starting Windows 95... there is no fixed disk installed" and a information log which I copied should it be of use to you. At the end was a prompt A:\> _ (the prompt bar flashing). I haven't got a clue as to what to do next and know nothing about using DOS. Subsequent start-up attempts, using the "ignore changes" option didn't help and got the same result. This computer is used as a word processor and has a lot of needed files. It is not connected to the internet.

Could someone please help me?
Burt S.

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March 22, 2012 at 15:41:45
Sounds like your BIOS/CMOS battery may have died; causing the machine to lose it's configuration and drive geometry (i.e.---the parameters that define the hard-drive). Depending on the Compaq model, you may or may not need a setup disk (generally called a "Softpaq" by Compaq) to configure the machine again (of course, after replacing the battery if that indeed is the problem). You'll need to know the settings for the drive (meaning you'll likely have to open up the machine and read the info off of the drive itself---Cylinders/Heads/Sectors per track). If this sounds way too technical, find someone comfortable with doing such for you or take the machine to a technician.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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March 22, 2012 at 18:23:15
"there is no fixed disk installed" = no hard drive detected.

You either have a problem with the BIOS settings, or CMOS battery is bad, or your hard drive has actually failed.

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March 23, 2012 at 09:21:07
I would like to thank both of you for your very prompt and profound response. It is time for this relic to visit the recycling station. I have a month old back-up so it is not the end of the world.

You guys and this site are wonderful.

Burt S.

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