Re: I cannot get my XP machine booted.

Msg # 3990 of 4000 on RelayNet Windows XP Discussions
To: ALL, From: PAUL
Time: Sunday, 12-04-11, 8:32
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BillW50 wrote:
> In,
> Peter Jason  typed:
>> On Sat, 3 Dec 2011 19:15:47 -0600, "BillW50"  wrote:
>>> I crossposted this to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general.
>>> In,
>>> Peter Jason  typed:
>>>> I have an old XP SP3 machine with a 945P Series(MS-7176)v1 x ATX
>>>> Mainboard, and a Pentium D processor.
>>>> Its only HDD is a Seagate Sata ST3500630SV   500GB
>>>> It has been working OK since 2006 and all that has been done was to
>>>> replace the motherboard CMOS 3.0V battery.
>>>> Recently I took out the HDD and installed this on our new Windows 7
>>>> machine just to transfer certain files and downloads from it onto
>>>> the new system.
>>>> But now when I replace the HDD back into the old XP machine, and
>>>> plug in all the Sata plugs and cables, it will not boot at all.
>>>> All I get is the motherboard splash logo screen.   What can be
>>>> wrong?  I can't even get the BIOS setup!
>>>> Please help, desperate.
>>>> Peter
>>> Can't even get into the BIOS setup? Wow! If you disconnect the drive,
>>> now can you? I have lots of questions to ask, but the BIOS setup has
>>> to work first before anything else can work.
>> I put the HDD back.
>> I am going to replace the CMOS 3V button battery Panasonic CR2032
> Most computers with a weak or dead CMOS battery automatically pops in
> the BIOS setup. So I am not expecting much to happen if you change the
> battery. But some (I never seen one, but I heard they exists) that if
> the CMOS battery is dead, the computer won't do anything.
I would try disconnecting the hard drive, then powering up the
computer again and seeing if you can enter the BIOS that way.
If there is a difference in behavior between "drive connected" and
"drive disconnected", then it's something on the drive that is doing it.
If "drive disconnected" still leaves it sitting there, then you can try
replacing the coin cell.
It's too bad the logo is enabled. I always enter the BIOS (while the
computer is working of course) and disable such logos. My motherboards
have a setting for that. When you change out the BIOS battery, if the
settings get lost, the default is "logo enabled", which sucks. If the
logo is not presented, the text underneath gives hints about what is
failing. Because of that, I think the logo is a dumb idea. It adds no value.
For example, you might see an actual error message. Or, you might see
a "cursor flashing in the upper left hand corner". And so on. That
gives some hints.
If it was battery, it might just sit there with a black screen and
fans spinning. With the logo, it might not be battery.
Standard practice, is to power down, and inspect all cables and cards,
to see if they're seated. To give an example, the other day I installed
a new PCI express x1 card, and the damn thing didn't seat properly, and I
to adjust the screws on the faceplate to make it fit. Generally speaking,
the gold contacts on a card should "disappear inside the socket", if it's
well seated. If the motherboard isn't aligned properly with respect
to the slot holes in the computer case, this puts stress on the cards,
and can prevent proper POSTing of the computer. I had bad alignment
like that, when I did my first computer build.
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