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ljr2600

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Just today my computer has begun to stop booting after bios is loaded.

After the basic flash screen, lilo boot manager usually loads.

However currently it doesn't. Instead, if given enough time the computer simply remains at the inital starting screen and becomes unresponsive if I boot it and have it display what is being done by the computer

(i.e. CPU= Intel® Pentium 4 CPU 2.66GHZ
639k System RAM Passed
446M Extended RAM Passed
...and so on)

eventually it says:

Video BIOS shadowed
A Drive in this system cannot be unlocked
Mouse initalized
ERROR
0280: Previous boot incomplete - default configuration used

It gives me 2 actions from there, resume, which leads to a "Operating system not found" and Setup.

I've checked the boot order and it is normal.

Additionally, I've tried to put in a windows system recovery disc, and the boot up simply glazes over the cd and acts like its not there. I've also tried a Knoppix 3.6 disc, a SuSE 9.3 installer and Debian net install disc to see if i could simply provoke some sort of response from the system, and none worked.

Furthermore and finally, the computer is VERY slow to opening the bios setup.

Where should I go from here? And what may be wrong?

Edited by ljr2600, 09 September 2005 - 08:16 PM.

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For the dual boot, do you have 1 drive with 2 partitions or 2 physical drives?
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1 drive with 2 partitions.
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I was really hoping that wasn't the answer.

So, you have a computer that won't boot to the HDD, or the CD-ROM... will it boot to a floppy?

Do you have a bootable floppy you can try, because this is starting to sound really bad...
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It will not boot from floppy either.
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I haven't forgotten you. Just to make sure, before I offered advice, I ran this by the Trusted Techs to get their opinion. Here's a quote from one of them:

check the boot order in the bios. New CMOS battery may be a good idea too as changing it out should set bios to defaults...then set the boot order. A good quick test would be to remove ALL of the RAM and boot up. There should be beep codes (assuming the system speaker is working).


Let me know what you come up with.

Edited by Guse, 10 September 2005 - 08:00 PM.

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