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tyriel

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#1 13 years ago

Alright, heres my problem. I have an old extra computer that my dad used to use for work. I have since used it as a experimental pc (installed linux). But after deciding linux wasn't for me, I used the recovery cds to boot it back to Windows ME. After rebooting it, I mainly used it for a dedicated server (just a personal LAN server through steam, me and some bots) & a spare gaming computer (me and my sister enjoy playing Age of empires2 together). Alright, sorry for dragging on, I backed up about approximatly 7 gigs worth of files (music, docs, and some game files). After that, my computer decided to stop working, let me describe. When I start my computer, it shows the company who made the computer (HP) and after that it goes into a black screen with DOS format like this L 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 That's pretty much it. except for the fact that there are a few more 99s in there. I cannot type anything either. This isn't anything i've seen or read about before. I've tried using the recovery CDs a few times in the past month and a half, nothing changes. I've tried installing XP onto it but it had some problems (it had problems installing XP when it was working also) System Specs: Windows ME Pentium 3 800 mghz 45 gigabyte hardrive 512 RAM One thing I definetly want to avoid doing is buying a new hard drive. And another thing that I would be skeptical doing is trying to install linux onto it or using a linix live disc. Thanks in advance.




Pyroshane

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#2 13 years ago

I am no computer expert, but it sounds like a BIOS error to me. Try flashing the BIOS and see if that fixes it.




Kilobyte

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#3 13 years ago

The problem is a strange one, because reinstalling Windows Should have fixed that problem.

The problem is Lilo, a Linux boot loader. It is still trying to boot into Linux, and not it can't find Linux at all.

Are you sure you installed Windows properly? Try running fdisk /mbr for Windows 9x, or fixmbr for Windows 2000, and XP.

That will bring back the Windows boot loader. You will have to do this from the command prompt (DOS), on the recovery/install CD.




Operative34997

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#4 13 years ago

If he has already tried to set windows up on an NTFS partition, he will have to use DELPART to clear out the partition in order to run FDISK. I don't know much about Linux, so I don't know if DELPART would be able to clear up the Linux remnant or not. As a final solution, you could do a low level format(zero drive fill). Powermax is pretty good and it will do a lot more brands than just Maxtor. I've used it on Maxtor, Seagate, WD, Quantum(Quantum was bought out by Maxtor). Low level format will get rid of everything that was ever on the hard drive. Permanantly.




FN_lewrbm69

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#5 13 years ago
PyroshaneI am no computer expert, but it sounds like a BIOS error to me. Try flashing the BIOS and see if that fixes it.

ah i dont think so, Never tuch the BIOS if u are a Joe shmo i work on computers for a living and ill tell you this lots think there bios is dead but the bios is like the fermware on your TI83+ it is hard to destroy unless u flash it with the wrong file an if u do taking out the battery will not do the trick. since i do not live hear you i can not feel the computer up an tell you what is wrong. bu all i can say it is not the Bios they got years not 6. i have a old 450mhz from dell over 10 years old when it cost 10000$ to get it(governet "mom") an it still runs fin an has the old mother board covred in dust. so u might whant to repair Win ME first (ME was good but a step behind XP do the upgrade.)




Kilobyte

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#6 13 years ago
Operative34997If he has already tried to set windows up on an NTFS partition, he will have to use DELPART to clear out the partition in order to run FDISK.

:confused:

"fdisk /mbr" is for Windows 9x, which doesn't support NTFS. It is the Master Boot Record Restoration utility. It doesn't even go into the partitioning section.

"fixmbr" does the Exact same thing, for Windows 2000, and Windows XP. No reformatting, or deleting partitions required. So I don't think DELPART (DeletePartition) is needed, and would be overkill.

The last bit of Linux is not on the partition, it is on the MBR. Which is not always easy to fix, or get rid of.




GreatGrizzly

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#7 13 years ago

have you backed all your data up? if so, wipe it and start over




FN_lewrbm69

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#8 13 years ago

take the Disk that came with the hard drive an wipe the disk clean and then format in NTFS with XP!




tyriel

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#9 13 years ago
The problem is Lilo, a Linux boot loader. It is still trying to boot into Linux, and not it can't find Linux at all.

Actually, when I reinstalled windows the first time, when it was working I had to choose between Xandros Windows ME and Expert mode on a type of boot loader. Xandros didn't work, but Windows worked when I selected it. I 'knew' I shouldn't have the boot loader, but didn't think TO much of it.

take the Disk that came with the hard drive an wipe the disk clean and then format in NTFS with XP!

Are you saying to use fdisk then try installing XP without creating another partition? Didn't think of that, but as I said before I got an error of some kind, if it happens again I'll post it.




Kilobyte

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#10 13 years ago

What Linux distros have you tried, and which did you like best?

How did you like Xandros? (Which version, 2, or 3?)

Aside from the afore mentioned, Gaming issues. Since ATI does have drivers, and ones that are easy to install, lets forget those issues, as well.