i think i broke it

June 30, 2009 at 09:10:16
Specs: Windows XP
well im kind of a newby when it comes to pcs. so wile i was messing with it a few days ago i think went into the setup menu and changed something there, so now my pc turns on and goes to the very first screen before the windows xp loading screen then goes black. it shows the blinking underscroll thing, but it wont let me type anything. i tried hitting "del" to go back to the setup screen but it wont do anything and wen i hit "esc" i took me to a boot menu, then if freezes... i tried "f8" but that takes me to the same black screen with the blinking underscore thing. i donno if i broke it or if its fixable at home, any help would be aprieciated

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#1
June 30, 2009 at 09:54:19
You shouldn't mess with the BIOS setup menu if you don't know what you're doing. Obviously if you 'changed something' & now the system won't fully boot, whatever it is you changed is the problem. Just change it back! If you don't know which setting you changed, go back into the setup program & select 'load defaults'

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#2
June 30, 2009 at 10:13:24
unfortunatly thats the problem. i cant get into the BIOS setup menu anymore. u tried with the disk too but it wont take me back to that menu.

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#3
June 30, 2009 at 10:31:20
There is no one thing that can keep you from getting back into the BIOS set-up options. you can't do anything to change how that is done. So keep trying to use the original keyboard key that allowed you access before.

Reboot and immediately start toggling that key. Don't wait for any screens to pop up just do it!


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#4
June 30, 2009 at 11:16:11
ive been tryin to get into the BIOS set up for a wile now, but the same thing happens all the time. i hit the on button and hit the del button right after, then i goes to the black memory clock, slave somethin screen. and then it goes black with that blinking underscroll. exept sometimes theres a excamation point in the lower right part of the screen...

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#5
June 30, 2009 at 12:08:19
then you need to reset your Cmos jumper, which will require you to take off the case to get to your motherboard to do, but considering you haven't mentioned your motherboard and motherboard model we can't really help you until you have those two things. As much as jam is trying to help you before going in there and resetting your Cmos, you should have told him your motherboard and motherboard model first.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#6
June 30, 2009 at 12:30:03
ok i opened up my pc, but i dont know exaclty what info i need to give. is there a place were it tells u the specs?

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#7
June 30, 2009 at 16:17:22
The user manual that came with your motherboard will have all the information you need and it will also illustrate where the CMOS Reset jumper is

http://ewen.uuuq.com/


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#8
June 30, 2009 at 17:12:58
dang, i bought it used to save some money so it didnt come with one. does it say somewere on the motherboard itself? or when i start up the computer? cus some things do show before it freezes

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#9
June 30, 2009 at 17:35:36
Unplug the computer.
Look for a silver object the size of a quarter....that's the cmos battery.

Carefully remove the battery.
Google How to remove cmos battery.....pictures are worth a thousand words.

Let sit 5 minutes put battery back in. Be sure it is not in upside down.

This should reset your bios to default.


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#10
June 30, 2009 at 18:17:09
When you open up the case there should be a name and model number on it in fairly big white letters somewhere on the motherboard.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#11
June 30, 2009 at 20:01:20
well i never found the big letters. but i know what u were talkin about. i checked my brothers pc but mine didnt have it. i pulled out the battery lookin thing and let it sit for a few and yeap it worked. thanks alot for the help.

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#12
July 1, 2009 at 05:44:22
Glad to see you up and running.

Having gone through this you have lost your newbie ness.
:-)


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