Dell c521 keyboard failure a d diskette drive0 seek failure

January 15, 2017 at 11:30:35
Specs: Linux
I have a computer to when it tries to boot up it say......diskette frive 0 seek failure.....keyboard failure....and invalid configuration info-please run setup....it wants me to hit f1 or f2 but i cant because of keyboard failure

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#1
January 15, 2017 at 16:20:12
Is this a Laptop or Desktop?

The first part of the message indicates the computer can't find your hard drive. The second message wants you to enter the BIOS (setup).

Possible dead CMOS battery which caused loss of settings. If you have a Wireless or even just a USB keyboard on an older computer, BIOS setting can prevent access to the keyboard.

Try entering the BIOS by using the correct keyboard strokes to do so immediately after starting the computer. If an older desktop, and you still can't enter the BIOS (setup) try using a PS2 keyboard.


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#2
January 15, 2017 at 20:45:58
That's a very impressive diagnosis, OtheHill!

I wouldn't have thought of it, but it really looks like loss of
the settings in CMOS due to a dead battery, combined with
a keyboard that is not plugged into a PS/2 port. Replacing
the battery and plugging in a PS/2 keyboard should let you
access the BIOS and reset the date and anything else that
needs to be changed before the operating system can load.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
January 16, 2017 at 23:03:24
Is this a computer that was previously working for you? If so, what did you do to it? If not is it some junker you just picked up used?

You'll get a floppy drive seek error if you have no floppy drive--or it's not correctly connected--but the drive is enabled in bios setup.


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#4
January 17, 2017 at 06:46:53
DAVINCAPS

I didn't think of a floppy drive when reading that message. If this is an older computer that would explain a BIOS default reset due to CMOS battery failure.

Ginger, we need more information.


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#5
January 17, 2017 at 10:08:19
I saw the floppy drive seek error and-- after you alerted me to
the likelyhood that it was a CMOS settings problem caused by
a dead battery-- figured that since the BIOS couldn't find an
operating system on the hard drive, it looked for a floppy next.
If there is no floppy disk, there will be a seek error.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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