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By toliver ·
I had recieved a computer for free because someone could get it to boot up past the BIOS. Well I started to change some of the setting and low and behold Windows 95 booted up. I was so happy! Well I went to move the computer and hit the power cord causing it to cut off. The bad news is that
i did not document the changes. After getting frustrated I changed something that caused the BIOS or POST not to come up at all. Now I can't anything. What can I do? I am trying to fix it to give to my father in-law as he does not a fast computer. Just something to get online with. This is very frustrating because I know that Windows is on the HD. Any idea what I could have done to cause not to even get to an A or C prompt. Any help would be appreciated.

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by dmiles In reply to BIOS problem

Check the cord to the power supply,it would be a good idea to change it
Hit the power swith and listen for the hard drive motor to spin
Insert a startup disk (Win98)will work,but have a Win 95 boot disk ready in A:drive and boot computer,if this works hit key to enter the CMOS control panel and manually reset the configuration
Troubleshoot the power supply and check the CPU to see if fans are working
You can try using another hard drive,run scan disk if you have any success
Replacing hardware as you started may be the only solution,until you get the computer up and running again

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by jereg In reply to BIOS problem

I would add to the last answer, that the CMOS setting should have been saved once you left the BIOS screen. The fact that is didn't makes me think you may have a bad CMOS battery. I would try to replace that first. If you can get to the BIOS screen,write down the BIOS mfr. and the version. Then, find the setting that sets the BIOS to the default settings. Make your changes from there. Try to download the BIOS manual from the mfr.
Hope that helps.

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