accessing bios on Compaq Pres.

January 25, 2009 at 11:11:55
Specs: Windows 2000, Pentium III
My system suddenly won't boot. Receive error message that ntoskrnl.exe is corrupt or missing. Upon pressing F10 I get a setup utility but no access to anything to change clock.
Would love it if there were a place to chat real time to make all of this faster but any/all replies will be much appreciated!
I'm not totally comp. illiterate but I'm not a brilliant sysytem op either.

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#1
January 25, 2009 at 11:50:16
Your problem has nothing to do with BIOS settings.

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/...


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#2
January 25, 2009 at 15:56:20
ok. So how do I get to where I can edit the boot.ini file? My system won't let me even boot in safe mode; I get the Compaq splash screen, a SCSI message (been there for years now and sys worked fin) and then gives error message that boot.ini is invalid and sys is loading from C:\winnt. Then I get the message, "Win2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:<windows 2000 root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe. Please re-install a copy of the above file".

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#3
January 26, 2009 at 08:15:15
Have you tried Last Known Good Configuration?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#4
January 26, 2009 at 09:19:25
Yep. I've tried safe mode, last good config, everything. I've even tried with my cd in the drive to re-install the file but the drive never starts.

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#5
January 27, 2009 at 11:55:56
I'm hoping someone can help. I'm capable of following directions to a 'T' and will not blame someone who is honestly trying to help me.
Please, anybody have any ideas?

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