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Solved Diskette drive 0 seek failure; Invalid Configuration Informa

January 30, 2013 at 12:02:50
Specs: XP SP2, 512

Computer won't boot up! Changed the battery and took out the memory to look at it, then replaced it. The computer will not boot up and pressing F12 before boot up, or F1 or F2 when the following messages come to the screen do not work. I can't get into setup and the computer will not boot up. Is there another way to get into setup?

Diskette Drive 0 seek failure
Invalid configuration information - please use setup

Press F1 to continue; F2 for setup (nothing happens when I press either key)

XP SP2


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January 30, 2013 at 15:25:55

If F2 isn't working this would be due to not getting keyboard input.

The floppy seek error appears to be the last bootable device tried which would be normal if no hard drive is found.

Problem with pulling the battery out is it wiped out the bios settings. Not going anywhere until the OP can enter the bios and set the date as well as detect the hard drive.

Even with no pc battery you can enter the bios. You just can't save anything is all. Actually it will save it just the first time you shut off power you lose all the settings since this is what the battery does.

I would say getting the right and working keyboard is key to getting into the bios.

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#1
January 30, 2013 at 13:14:16

Last thing you do if not booting is take out the ram and the battery.

Go back into the bios and set the time and detect the hard drive. Save the settings and see if you boot.

if not your drive very well may have died especially if the drive is not detected.

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#2
January 30, 2013 at 13:14:28

There is only one way to get into BIOS Setup.

If you are using a USB or USB wireless keyboard, trying using a keyboard which plugs into the computer's PS/2 port instead. PS/2 keyboard port will be at the top and usually has a purple bezel, next to the PS/2 mouse port which has a green bezel.


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#3
January 30, 2013 at 13:15:51

"Go back into the bios"

The OP has already said he can't get into BIOS Setup.


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#4
January 30, 2013 at 14:00:19

Try pulling the power cable from the back of the Diskette (Floppy) Drive, you will still see the warning but should be able to start the pc. Let us know if it works so we can then change your boot order in the BIOS.
This worked on my old Dell pc. Was having the exact same problem.

Please reply and let us know if our help worked. Your feedback helps others. Maybe you?


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#5
January 30, 2013 at 14:24:25

" Changed the battery"
You don't say whether you have a PC or a laptop. Laptops have 2 batteries, I suspect the motherboard CMOS battery is the problem or a loose cable.

Make sure the battery up the right way ( the + sign should be visible ) & not loose.
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#6
January 30, 2013 at 15:08:45

"Changed the battery and took out the memory to look at it, then replaced it".

Silly question maybe, but did you do this because it wouldn't boot up, or was it for some other reason and the boot failure occurred afterwards?

As said - it seems to be referring to the Floppy Drive (usually 'A') and often set as the first bootable drive.

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#7
January 30, 2013 at 15:25:55
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If F2 isn't working this would be due to not getting keyboard input.

The floppy seek error appears to be the last bootable device tried which would be normal if no hard drive is found.

Problem with pulling the battery out is it wiped out the bios settings. Not going anywhere until the OP can enter the bios and set the date as well as detect the hard drive.

Even with no pc battery you can enter the bios. You just can't save anything is all. Actually it will save it just the first time you shut off power you lose all the settings since this is what the battery does.

I would say getting the right and working keyboard is key to getting into the bios.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
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#8
January 31, 2013 at 09:39:28

Thanks for the help, it was the keyboard. After making sure all wires were secure inside I checked the other connections and the keyboard connections was loose.

I was able to change the bios settings to boot first to the hard drive again and my dad is up and running again.

Sandy...


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#9
January 31, 2013 at 09:42:16

Interesting solution - thanks for popping back to let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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