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I try to boot i get a symble on moniter

By tim_28160 ·
when i try to boot or reboot with my daughters os
windows 95, all that happens is a symble on the
top left of the monitor. It is shaped like a 0
with a line protruding from it.and any buttons i
push on the keyboard,such as enter makes the same
symble under the one before it with an x between
them! whats that?

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by TheChas In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

My first thought is a virus.

The next thought is just as bad, the OS is corrupted.

It is not impossible that it is a hardware problem.

To determine the source;
Do you get the normal POST screens while the computer is booting?
If not, you have a motherboard / video problem.
It could still be a virus that has written itself into the BIOS.

If you get normal post screens, what happens if you boot from a floppy?
If you can boot from the floppy, brush up on your DOS commands, and lookthrough the files in the root and windows folders on the hard drive to see if there are any "strange" files, or if the OS is even there.

If everything looks okay, I would then attempt to use a DOS version of a virus scanner to check the hard drive for a virus.

Then, try re-installing Windows. For 95, you need the W95 startup disk, and not the normal "bootdisk".
I am told that the W98 boot disk works fine for installing W95.
You can also download bootdisk files from www.bootdisk.com

Best Wishes

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by tim_28160 In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

I found the problem out the night I posted. thechase offered very good advise, however the problem was a password had to be entered. I did not know at the time,but then I remembered that a password had to be intered when I thought about nascar and then bang it hit me,that it was my nephews computer and dale earnhardt sr was his fav driver and hense the password!

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by jmtaylor1960 In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

I had this happen just last night. My computer froze in the middle of running diagnostics. I had to turn it off at the button. When I turned it back on, I had the symbol you referenced staring at me. My Windows 98 rescue disk did nothing helpful. As a last resort, I put in my Norton Utilities rescue disk which diagnosed that my CMOS settings had changed. I had the Norton Utilities disk restore my previous CMOS settings and the problem was solved. My computer booted normally.

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by steve_r_johnson In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

Is it possible that a boot-up password has been installed in the BIOS of this PC? If so you will need to enter this password to boot the PC successfully.

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by tim_28160 In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

after the fact,and sorry too late you are on the nose!

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by Wamey16 In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

A Virus Has written itslf on your bios or has changed the Complementary Mental Oxide Semi-conducter!

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by dlw6 In reply to I try to boot i get a sym ...

It sounds like you've got one of the newest viruses out there, one that can Flash your BIOS. The really annoying part is that, because you can't boot, you can't just download a new BIOS and Flash it back to normal.

To fix it will require you to order new BIOS chips from the motherboard manufacturer, or send in the BIOS chips you have to get re-flashed by the manufacturer. I don't have a guess as to how much this will cost, but it's probably cheaper than a new motherboard or new computer, which are the other two options.

This is a training opportunity for your daughter, in that it's likely that something she did allowed the virus to get on the system.

Don

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