Solved Changing Boot Sequence in Windows 98 FE

June 12, 2014 at 20:08:15
Specs: Windows Vista
I have an older computer with Windows 98 FE. I want to change the boot sequence from A,C to CDROM,C,A. This in order to boot the computer from the CD drive.

I can get into SETUP and BIOS FEATURES SETUP and then into BOOT SEQUENCE. By using F1:HELP, I can bring up a smaller screen with Available Options with a list of various boot sequences.

How do I get into the list and select the boot sequence I want?

Thank you.

Ralph Woodruff


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June 16, 2014 at 21:38:50
So the arrow keys don't select the item and page up/page down doesn't change anything? You mgiht try F6 and F7 and see if either of those defaults sets the cdrom as the first boot device.


#1
June 12, 2014 at 22:56:22
The keys to change the boot sequence should show on that option page. Often you highlight the one you want moved with the up/down keys and then press + or - to move it up or down the list but the exact procedure may vary with the type of bios you have.

You can't change those options from the help menu; that menu only tells you how to do it. You need to open the boot sequence page and do it from there.


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#2
June 13, 2014 at 11:53:01
Thank you for your response. The problem is on the Available Options; page. There is no highlighting of any of the listed boot sequences and therefore no way to use the + 0r minus keys to select a sequence. At the bottom of the list of sequences there is "Press F1 or Escape to exit help" in yellow font. On the smaller screen entitled Available Options, the list of options (the last option) runs off the screen at the bottom. Perhaps this is preventing any of the options from being initially highlighted and thus allowing an option to be selected.

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#3
June 13, 2014 at 14:39:42
The spacebar, ENTER and TAB keys will sometimes allow you to make a selection. I don't know why the setup screen doesn't fit the monitor. Can you adjust the screen position using the monitor buttons? Maybe you should try another monitor.

You must have an early pentium I or even a 486. I remember how those boot selections were but not specifically how to change them but it's almost always a combination of those keys.

If you can find the motherboard or system manual it might tell you how to make those changes.


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#4
June 14, 2014 at 04:37:05
You didn't post the make/model of your computer. They keys used for the BIOS vary by manufacturer. Usually the DEL key will get you in, then you move about by using the arrow keys. Enter or space bar to select, + or - or possibly Page Up or Page Down. You'll need to experiment with the keys until you hit the right ones. Normally it says on the right side or bottom of the menu which keys to use.

For example: http://www.boot-disk.com/images/scr...


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#5
June 16, 2014 at 09:59:58
I appreciate your response. I did not clearly explain my comment about the screen. On the second page for BIOS Features Setup, I can arrow down to Boot Sequence. Using the spacebar, ENTER nor TAB keys have no effect. I can use F1 which is a Help key. This brings up a smaller screen superimposed on the second page of Setup. This screen contains a list of options for for a boot sequence. The sequence runs off the smaller Options screen at the bottom. A,C boot sequence is at the top of the list of Options. Neither it nor any of the sequences is(are) highlighted so I am unable to use the down arrow to move to a lower listed boot sequence CDROM, C, A which is the sequence I want to use. This so I can initially boot the computer from the CD drive.

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#6
June 16, 2014 at 10:10:36
Thank you for your response. The computer was custom assembled by a company in the first quarter of 1999. The company is no longer in business for this type of work. The Operating System is Windows 98, First Edition. See my response to "DAVEINCAPS", regarding the various keys you mentioned.

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#7
June 16, 2014 at 10:12:30
I might have to dig out an old P-I to check for sure but unless there's some bios problem it should be easy to change the boot sequence. But I'm fairly certain you can't make any changes when the help screen is up. You need to hit ESC or whatever closes that and then use whatever keys it says to use to make the changes to the boot order.

Maybe there's a problem with your keyboard? And if you're using a USB keyboard use an AT or PS/2 (whichever port it has) keyboard instead.


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#8
June 16, 2014 at 10:22:12
DAVEINCAPS: My apology for not responding to your comment regarding the processor I have. It is an AMD-K6(TM) 3D processor. Will follow up on your suggestion regarding locating a motherboard manual. The motherboard was probably manufactured in latter '98 or early '99.

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#9
June 16, 2014 at 10:32:56
The keyboard I am using is a PS/2.

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#10
June 16, 2014 at 13:51:36
The operating system has nothing to do with the BIOS & the F1 help key is just that, a "help key". It is NOT used to change any BIOS settings. Please go back to response #4 & click the link to see the BIOS screenshot. The various BIOS keys are explained on either the right side or the bottom of the screen.

We're at response #10 & you still haven't provided any system specs. We now know you're running an AMD K6 (likely a K6-2) so you have a socket 7 motherboard. How about posting the make/model of the board?


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#11
June 16, 2014 at 21:04:04
You are right in that the OS has nothing to do with the BIOS. You are also right that F1 does not change any BIOS settings. It is however, the only key that takes me to the Available Options screen with a list of 11 different boot sequences. Your screenshot in response #4, is not anything like the Available Options screen I have to work with. The BIOS keys at the bottom right of the screen consist of:

ESC: Quit
F1: Help
F5: Old Values
F6: Load BIOS Defaults
F7: Load Setup Defaults
Up/Down/Right/Left Arrow Keys: Select Item
PU/PD/+/-: Modify
(Shift) F2

I would send you a screenshot of the Available Options screen but the computer is currently offline with no way to send the screenshot.

The processor is an AMD K6-2 400. The motherboard is an Asus P5A Socket 7 100 MHz ATX, AGP board.


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#12
June 16, 2014 at 21:38:50
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So the arrow keys don't select the item and page up/page down doesn't change anything? You mgiht try F6 and F7 and see if either of those defaults sets the cdrom as the first boot device.

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#13
June 17, 2014 at 04:54:19
"The motherboard is an Asus P5A Socket 7"

OK, finally we're getting some useful info. Your Asus board uses the Award BIOS. The screenshot I posted in response #4 is to a Phoenix BIOS (sorry, but I had to guess because you didn't post any specs). Regardless, the arrow keys, Enter key, & Page-Up/Page-Down are what you should be using.

board review: http://assets.hardwarezone.com/2009...

board manual: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb...


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#14
June 17, 2014 at 05:21:31
Is there a BIOS password set? If so, clearing the CMOS should allow you to then make changes, which it sounds like you currently can't do. The Password can be set to none by hitting the enter key after highlighting the option to set a password.

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#15
June 17, 2014 at 14:03:42
You nailed it! Thank you! On the first page of SETUP there is a selection, BIOS FEATURES SETUP. Using the ENTER key takes me to the second screen, BIOS FEATURES SETUP. In this case, using the down arrow I selected Boot Sequence. Using Page-up/Page-down keys I could scroll through the list of boot sequences and select what I wanted; in this case, CDROM, C, A.

I sincerely appreciate everyone's time and inputs on this. This is the first time I have attempted to make a change with BIOS on any computer. I have learned from each of you.


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#16
June 17, 2014 at 14:26:43
Thanks for posting back. We're glad it worked out. At least it wasn't a hard-to-fix hardware problem.

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