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Computer won't boot up

By mulinski ·
I took my DVD drive out of my computer becasue I was selling it, by accident I pulled out 5 little plugs which came off the on/off button, I did manage to get them back on in the right place, some of them anyway, and the computer starts up and takes me to a page that said my floopy drive, CD Rom, and my SCSI drive can't be found. Boot disk in A and press any key to continue, I have no idea what they are talking about, HELP

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More information is required ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Computer won't boot up

Before we (or at least I) can offer a solution we (I) would prefer to know the following:

Make and model of computer?
Which on/off button? - Are these on the PC case?
By SCSI do you mean SATA? (I haven't seen a SCSI drive in 14 years)
Does your system have a floppy drive?

Which operating system do you have?

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by mulinski In reply to More information is requi ...

Windows XP, and the computer was built for me, and no I don't have a floopy drive, and it does say SCSI. The on/off button on the case, the one I press to start the computer, when I took out the drive, I accidently pulled out 5 little 2 prong plugs, one being the reset, power switch, hdd led, speaker and one has nothing written on it, I don't know, I got them back together, and some how it came on for me, and this is where it took me to the page that said the floopy drive, and CD rom and SCSI can't be found, I don't have a floopy drive, I am really confused about this, the computer is about 4 years old.

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Should be an easy fix

by IC-IT In reply to Computer won't boot up

Open the case back up and verify the drive cables and power cables are connected.

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by mulinski In reply to Should be an easy fix

I only took off the cables the were on the DVD drive, there are no otehr cables to hook up, the CD Rom is already connected, all cables and power cabes are connected. I don't know what it means when they say boot disk in A and hit any key to continue.

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Ah a starting point

by IC-IT In reply to Computer won't boot up

Check the cable position and the jumpers of the remaining drives.
Example if the DVD was at the end of the cable its jumper was set for either cable select or master. Now if the CD was on the same cable (middle position) and it is set to cable select - you need to unplug the IDE cable and use the end connector. If it was set to Slave, than change it to CS and plug it into the end that originally had the DVD.
Double check the Hard drive's cable it may be loose. Check your manual (or hold down a key while powering on) to access the BIOS and see which drives are being recognized, as well as the boot order.
edited to correct fat finger errors.

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by mulinski In reply to Ah a starting point

I checked the cables, and they are all in tight, but, what I really don't understand is, why is it telling me to put a boot disk in A and press any key to continue, I don't even have a floopy drive on my computer, I mean, it is about 4 years old, but, a floopy drive. What else could it be for me to get this computer to boot up?

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Jumpers and BIOS

by IC-IT In reply to Computer won't boot up

Did you verify the Jumpers and drive positions?

You are being asked for the floppy because that is still in the Boot order. You will need to access your BIOS.

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Go into your bios..

And click on "load Default settings", then "save and exit", then your computer should bootup fine.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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by mulinski In reply to Go into your bios..

I am sorry, but, I am not sure what you mean go into my bios, click on load default settings, then save and exit, how do I do this, I don't mean to be (dumb) in all of this, but, I am not good at fixing computers at all and don't know what some things are, like bios. Please explane this to me, thank you so much for trying to help me.

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Ok.. When you switch your computer on..

You are looking at a black screen with white text above showing something like [AMI BIOS VERSION 6]. Now if you look down to your bottom left (if you miss it do not worry, just press the small button on your computer, this is called a "soft reset" button, your computer will re-boot) you will see something like [F2] or [DEL] for bios (without the boxes). You will need to press one of these keys from your keyboard (on top of your keyboard the keys are listed something like [f1.F2.F3 etc]). this will then take you into a page that will be either blue with white text or black with white text, now have a look for "Load default settings" it should be to your bottom right of your screen, click on this and then accept "save" and Exit", your computer should start up normally

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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