Disk boot failure...

Hewlett-packard Deskjet 6540 printer
April 20, 2011 at 06:49:28
Specs: Windows 3x, 1.8Ghz/512MB RAM
Disk boot faliure, Insert system disk and press Enter. How do I boot on this computer?
It is a Windows 3x and DOS 6.22. What can be wrong. The harddrive is ok and
the os is ok. It is a 170MB harddrive. I dont have the computer here, but can you say what i should try with?

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#1
April 20, 2011 at 06:57:44
You may have a floppy disk inserted. Or the hard drive is not recognized by the BIOS because it is too old. You would need to manually configure the hard drive parameters.

Are you trying to install a hard drive from an older computer into a modern one and boot to from the hard drive? That isn't going to work.

How is posting your printer model going to help with this issue?


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#2
April 20, 2011 at 07:02:30
I now that it is no floppy inserted. And I tried to start the computer without any drivers inserted and I get the same error anyway. 1 MB video card (VGA)

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#3
April 20, 2011 at 07:15:41
I have the manual for the computer. And it says:

No boot device were found.. Insert a system disk into drive A: and press <Enter>. If
you assumed the system would boot from the hard drive, make sure the controller is
inserted correctly and all cables are properly attached. Also be sure that the disk
is formatted as a boot device. Then reboot the system.


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#4
April 20, 2011 at 07:16:33
You didn't answer my question about installing the 170MB into a modern computer.

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#5
April 20, 2011 at 07:29:41
I tried to insert the harddrive in a modern computer and it workt. But Windows will not start. But the harddrive belongs to an old computer. And I just inserted the harddrive to a modern computer to find out if the harddrive was broken ( it was ok).
So...

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#6
April 20, 2011 at 07:57:46
So, watch the POST screens at start up to see if the BIOS is configuring the drive. I suspect you will need to manually configure the parameters.

Why do you suspect the hard drive is bad? Trouble with the older computer you removed the drive from?


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#7
April 20, 2011 at 08:23:55
I know that the harddrive is OK. It is just loud.

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#8
April 20, 2011 at 08:29:07
Do u think I can remove the batery and the BIOS will reset?

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#9
April 20, 2011 at 08:37:00
One the new computer? What would you hope to accomplish by doing that? Win3.1 is not going to boot on the new computer. Win3.1 is not a plug and play operating system and it can't configure the modern hardware.

You MIGHT be able to run it in a virtual mode but I doubt even that will work. Too many issues. What is it you need to do with the 170MB drive? Is all you need to do is copy files then install it as a slave and then access it when in the installed version of Windows on that computer. You still may need to configure the hard drive manually.


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#10
April 20, 2011 at 09:12:32
This is the whole story:

When I was little so I did not know much about computers.
I often went out to my grandpa and had fun, we fished,
we listened to music, mecca ...
I had now become better at computers and I knew more
Windows history but not what DOS was.
He computer had stood in a barn for over 10 years.
Then because I am so interested in technology, I received a small space
where his computer was. It was not plugged.
So before I got to have my stuff where he took his computer in the house.
I asked my grandfather for a few years and see if we could see what it was for
wrong with it. So we sat there one night and Mecca with it. He said we would do a
If the installation. Then he said that we would remove all cables on the rear
and then put them back again.
After some years I had been looking for information on his computer.
At first I was into Windows 95. But because it was so old ...
then I was into the Commodore. He has a manual with the Works which the
Commodore stood over. But now I know that there are MS-DOS 6.22 with
Windows 3x. I have asked him how it was wrong
computer, and he said that it had been stolen. The police found it later, but
it was still wrong with it. The thieves were never caught.
It was not even a month ago when I thought I'd fix his computer with the error
for I thought: I have a floppy disk that is bootable and it should well the computer in all
where to start? I was mistaken. Unable to boot from the floppy.
I went home again with his manual to your computer and floppy disks as I tested.
I went back to him and told him what I have been presented.
Then father and grandfather would cut into the day we went there.
Then I sat himself at his computer and trying to figure out a solution.
Then I opened his computer. Looked for screwdrivers ... and then I switched
removed his hard drive with just a disk drive connected. Same error. Only the hard drive?
No ... How can I fix this then I thought. So I opened the computer again and took out his hard drive
and then the disk drive. I told him at I would take home the disk drive
and the hard drive to see if they worked. And both were working correctly. I then sent them back
and said what I had gotten out of it. All he had was left on the hard drive!
What did the thieves took. I also delivered a message to him. I got out how much
hard drive was and that everything was quite.


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#11
April 20, 2011 at 11:20:28
What are the specifications of the computer it originally was in? A 170 meg drive could have come from a PC where it was identified by a drive type instead of AUTO. If that computer has been sitting around for a decade or so it's very likely the cmos battery is dead and the drive type lost. You'll need to determine what that drive type is and ID the drive that way in cmos/bios setup in order to get it to boot up.

Also, what is the model number of the hard drive?

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#12
April 21, 2011 at 00:49:05
The hard drive sits in the computer to do.
I just took home the hard disk to test it so it was great.
Then, the return to the original computer.
It is from 1996 I think.
Processor 75 Mhz.
8 MB RAM.

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#13
April 21, 2011 at 01:17:26
Ihave the manual on the computer. Who can I mail the photos to?

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#14
April 21, 2011 at 04:50:46
https://sites.google.com/site/manua...

I upload the pic as a PDF file that u can read


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#15
April 21, 2011 at 15:37:58
Section 4 starting on page 19 describes the bios setup. Page 24 gives some basic info on setting up the hard drive. It has an AUTO feature so hopefully it was set up that way. On pages 56 and 57 are the drive types which aren't used if you use AUTO. There's also a user definable drive type.

On page 57 someone has written some things. One line starts with 'drive' but I can't read the rest. Maybe the drive configuration was written there and you can use the same values. There's stuff written on other pages too. Pay attention to anything that may relate to the hard drive.

I think the cmos battery is by the keyboard connector and labeled XB1 on the board layout on page 12. It's probably a 3.6 volt nicad rechargable battery. They almost always leak after a while and if you notice a bunch of crud around it then that's what has happened. It can be replaced but needs to be soldered in and if you do replace it pay attention to the polarity (+/- ends of the battery) and make sure you put the new one in the same as the old one was.

But if the battery in there is still good (not leaking) then running the computer for a little while should charge it up.

Sometimes you can replace the rechargable battery with an exterrnal battery. Those will have velcro so that you can stick it in some out-of-the-way place inside the case. Then it has a 2-wire cable to attach to the proper place on the motherboard. If yours is that way the manual should have that info. I didn't check that.

So for now hook up the hard drive and start up the computer. Go into cmos/bios setup and try the AUTO setting for the hard drive. I didn't see any IDE port on the motherboard so I guess the drive is connected to a card. But if I'm wrong and the ports are on the motherboard then you need to make sure they're enabled in cmos/bios setup.

Then save and exit setup. Even if the battery is bad the cmos circuitry will retain the info as long as the computer is on, and for at least a few seconds when it's off. So you should be able to see if it'll boot up without replacing the battery. If it does then maybe you should think about investing in a new battery.

So after you save and exit setup, see if it boots up from the hard drive.

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#16
April 22, 2011 at 05:13:23
Page 57

Standard CMOS

Clock
Drive floppydisk


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#17
April 22, 2011 at 05:18:12
To I need some flopy disk or some other tools?

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#18
April 22, 2011 at 12:45:27
You don't need a floppy bootdisk as long as the hard drive is OK and properly connected and properly identified in cmos/bios setup.

Did you try using the AUTO setting in cmos/bios setup for the hard drive?

Does the battery look like it's in good condition or is it leaking?

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#19
April 25, 2011 at 08:22:43
AUTO didnt work. It was no battery in the computer.

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#20
April 25, 2011 at 10:15:36
The old computer might have an older style battery that looks like a silver cylinder with a lead on each end. These are not easily replaced.

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#21
April 25, 2011 at 16:38:00
Your battery probably looks like this:

http://www.tototek.com/store/index....

Maybe you lost the system files or they're corrupted. Do you have a dos 6.22 bootdisk (or the first disk in the 3-disk installation set? If not go here:

http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm

and download a dos 6.22 bootdisk. What you download will be a file you'll run that will create a bootdisk. So you need a good 3.5" floppy disk. Run the downloaded file on the computer you're using now and create the bootdisk.

With the hard drive still set as AUTO in cmos/bios setup, boot the computer with the bootdisk. If you're using the disk from the 3-disk installation set, exit the setup. At the a:\> prompt type SYS C: and enter. When it's done, remove the bootdisk and do a CTRL-ALT-DEL to reboot the computer. See if it boots from the hard drive.

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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