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Old July 10th 04, 08:24 PM
Christopher Kurtis Koeber
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Dear All,
I am having a problem trying to start up my computer. I start it up and
it properly performs POST. Since I do not have an operating system on the
drive as of yet I insert a bootable CD-ROM into the drive. The computer
reads the drive and then after five seconds of loading the then stops. I
then have to restart the computer since I cannot do anything else. If I
insert a floppy disk and start the system with that I get crazy error
messages which is different for each type of bootable floppy drive I put in.
For example, when I use the Symantec Ghost 7 Network Ghost Boot Disk I get
errors like "Cannot Find PCINET", "Unable to Load Protocol Manager", etc,
etc. and if I insert a Windows 98 Boot Disk I get similar cannot find file
errors. I know that the floppy drive is working because I put it into a
working system and everything is fine. The same thing goes for the floppy
disks that I used. I replaced the CMOS battery since that solved a similar
problem that I had before but I still have the same problem. Does anyone
have any questions, comments, or solutions that I should check? Thank you
very much for your time and consideration in this matter.
Sincerely,
Christopher Koeber




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Old July 11th 04, 09:18 PM
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Dear All,
I am having a problem trying to start up my computer. I start it up and
it properly performs POST. Since I do not have an operating system on the
drive as of yet I insert a bootable CD-ROM into the drive. The computer
reads the drive and then after five seconds of loading the then stops. I
then have to restart the computer since I cannot do anything else. If I
insert a floppy disk and start the system with that I get crazy error
messages which is different for each type of bootable floppy drive I put in.
For example, when I use the Symantec Ghost 7 Network Ghost Boot Disk I get
errors like "Cannot Find PCINET", "Unable to Load Protocol Manager", etc,
etc. and if I insert a Windows 98 Boot Disk I get similar cannot find file
errors. I know that the floppy drive is working because I put it into a
working system and everything is fine. The same thing goes for the floppy
disks that I used. I replaced the CMOS battery since that solved a similar
problem that I had before but I still have the same problem. Does anyone
have any questions, comments, or solutions that I should check? Thank you
very much for your time and consideration in this matter.
Sincerely,
Christopher Koeber

You've probably checked this before, but FWIW, is your CPU fan running
?

Also, have you tried reseating or substituting your RAM ? I've had
some memory sticks pass the Quick POST and then produce random errors
booting up. Some just needed a firm reseating or cleaning of the
contacts, others had to be replaced. You could try running Memtest86.




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