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XP machine won't boot


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Paulh7436

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I have a XP Pro desktop computer that had two hard drives but booted from the c: drive. I removed the extra drive and removed the jumpers on the c:. The system worked fine with both drives. When I try to boot it just beeps - no display. I have plugged the monitor into my laptop and that is fine. I hear and feel the c: drive spinning at power up. Apparently it is not set to boot from the cd drive. Any suggestions of how I can get it to boot from the Seagate install disk or my XP bot cd? Someone suggested reflashing the BIOS but I have no experience with that.
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If you arent getting any screen/display when powering up then some hardware is faulty or not properly installed (as the beep suggests). Double check all your cables and try at least getting to the motherboard manufacturers screen.
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Hi Paul,

Check your cable connection. It sounds like the power connection is fine. Do you have any experience at all going into CMOS? Do you have a manual that came with the motherboard or system? If not, and you know the manufacturer of your motherboard, you should be able to go to their web site and view the BIOS utility documentation. That will tell you how to set boot disk priority. You will also be able to tell if the motherboard is detecting your hard drive. The number of beeps at boot-up during power on self-test (POST) relates to a status or error code depending on the motherboard. That can help you further diagnose the problem.
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