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By charliebub25 ·
I put together an old Pentium 150 system. I can boot it up and get into the bios settings but can't get any further.
The energy star logo and the "Press del to enter setup" message will disappear and the system will try to start but then it all just freezes and hangs.
I have double checked jumpers and tried two different settings for cpu and fsb voltage. That is all fine. I can't boot up onto a boot disk. The cmos is set to boot from a: then c:. I have put in a hdd with 98se on it but it wont boot onto that either.
I replaced power supply thinking that was the prob but nothing changed. I have tried a floppy working fine on another system. Cables are correctly set. I think it is a bootstrap or bios prob. I loaded bios defaults and same result.
Any ideas?

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by TheChas In reply to Booting problem

If you can boot from a floppy, then the basic hardware is okay.
With the possible exception of the RAM.
Double check that the RAM modules are all the same type, and are installed in matched pairs.
Make sure that the sockets are clean.

Also, there is a known issue for SIMMs that the socket and SIMM plating must match.

In BIOS settings, set your memory settings to the slowest possible, and step up as you see you can.

Next, if you are using a HDD from another system, you may have a critical device driver issue that is stopping the boot process.
Try booting from a startup disk, and re-installing Windows over itself on the drive.

Chas

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by charliebub25 In reply to Booting problem

I can't boot up onto a boot disk. I can't get to any kind of prompt. I should have put the ram type with the message but didn't as I was trying to conserve space.

It is sdram (Pc100) which I believe the mobo is able to take. I looked in the mobomanual (Asus tx97) for ram speed but couldn't find anything showing sd speed. I don't think either hdd is the issue as I dont get as far as booting onto any type of drive. The system hangs as boot is about to initialize.

The suggestion of settingthe ram speed may be the key though as the ram stick may be faster than the mobo can take. The setting was on auto in bios/setup. The dimm socket is black and I believe that is pc100 and above as I have an old pc66 mobo and its dimm's are white. I have wondered if the ram was bad as someone mentioned that the ram may be bad.

Thanks

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Booting problem

Looks to me like what is wrong is the BIOS configuration. Since it's an old PC, it's possible that the battery is dead and it is not saving data.

I would begin by disconnecting EVERY non-mandatory component. Just have the systemboard, video card and floppy present. See if you can boot then. If so, add a HD, go into the BIOS and set it up/detect it and try again. Keep stepping your way up until the system works correctly.

If you can't boot with just the system, video and floppy, the problem has to be in the BIOS itself. You may want to look into flashing/upgrading it.

When you get the message hit delete to enter setup, have you gone into the bios and set up/detected your hardware (particularly the drives)? Does it detect them correctly? Have you tried disabling the cache (this will hurt performance, but I've seen bad cache cause this kind of problem several times). Just a few ideas.

Let us know what you try and what happens. I'll be glad to try to help further.

Good luck!

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by Alpha-Male In reply to Booting problem

It is possible the RAM could be the culprit here, though I would expect in most situations the machine wouldn't get to the BIOS configuration (setup) prompt if it couldn't use the RAM correctly. It would just give the notorious memory problem beeps.Still, I'd make sure that you do have the correct memory for your system. Check with the manufacturer or take a look at www.motherboards.com

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by smallugly In reply to Booting problem

I'm going to suspect RAM here. PC100 didn't exist when the Pentium 150 was king. You probably need a good ol' pc66 module in there.

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by yelhsa3840 In reply to Booting problem

the biggest problem i bet you have is that if something doesnt pass the POST test the machine will make a series of beeps and freeze up if it beeps more then once or twice get the pattern of long and short beeps and post it on here

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by charliebub25 In reply to Booting problem

The are no post beeps. I think it passes post ok. The cpu was to blame. A guy from work swapped the 150 cpu for a 166 and it all worked.

Secondly, I was told the ide port on the motherboard was marked incorrectly. Pin one arrow is on the wrong end of the ide port.

The system is working now, I have a linux red hat 7.3 box to learn linux on. 2 boxes actually, time for networking.

Thanks people, you will probably see me in the networking forums from now on. haha

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