I have a Northgate computer, How do I restore

March 9, 2011 at 11:44:11
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Northgate Computer need to reset it to factory setting. On boot up I have to hit the F1 key to continue, set up. I thought if I just tapped the F1 key before windows came up it would get me to the reboot area, but it does not it just keeps going through its normal setup. Is there a key I can continually hit to get me to the area I'm looking for on the Northgate Computer

Northgate Model #- STAX2517C

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March 9, 2011 at 14:15:56
Looks like they went out of business in 2005.

Try these other keys to get into a BIOS:

Del (delete key)
Esc (Escape key).

Just another stupid saying...

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March 10, 2011 at 10:50:39
Thanks DEL got me into BIOS, now what. Alot of options in BIOS, what should I do.

Thanks a million

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March 10, 2011 at 11:40:06
You can only reset a machine to factory settings if there is a recovery partition on the hard drive or you have a recovery CD/DVD. If its on the hard drive then you also need to know how to action it (obviously). Do you know if there is a recovery partition? If there is, other manufacturers use F10, Alt+F10, Shift+F10 and Ctrl+F10 to access recovery (but worth trying various combinations - Ctrl+alt+esc is another). If not, assuming there is a COA with windows key on the machine, you'll need to get hold of an install disk with same version of xp (probably OEM home) to do a clean install.

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March 10, 2011 at 12:58:13
If XP is still working....

Look at the original hard drive in Disk Management.

Control Panel - Classic View - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.

Does the hard drive have a smaller second partition on it ?

If it does, what is the size of it ?

If it does not have a second partition, or if it does but it's too small (e.g. smaller than ~ 1 gb), you do not have a Recovery partition that has all the data on it needed to reload the original contents of the larger partition seen as C in Windows.

Examine the mboard. The mboards used in Northgate systems usually have a Syntax model number on them, probably on a stuck on label. e.g. P4S651M.

That model number can be used to determine which mboard model you have.

In most if not all cases, Northgate used mboards that are the same as retail versions of mboard models with a Northgate bios version on them, and in that case a mboard manual and drivers for the mboard can be easily found.

E.g. Syntax P4S651M mboard = AOpen S651M

In the case of your Northgate STAX2517C system, when I searched yesterday with: Northgate STAX2517C
I found from the few "hits" that you have a Socket A (Socket 462) mboard and an Athlon XP cpu, but not much more.



Computer Specs
Northgate STAX2517C
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 2
704MB of RAM
AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2500+

My note....
768mb of ram in the mboard - 64mb used by the onboard video = 704mb.



Northgate STAX2517C Desktop PC w/ AMD Athlon XP 2500+

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