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Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 1:12 pm:   

I have an older computer that developed registry problems after adding some ram and blowing the dust out of the case. I know the CMOS battery is dead or so I was told and it is one that must be soldered onto the board (AT board I think). The computer was working fine before the cleaning even with the dead battery. Now I can't boot with a boot disk because the bios is stuck reading c: then a: settings. I can go from c: to a: but that doesn't help me load the correct drivers at startup. Also a second harddrive is not recognized and I think I lost my system files. Is there any way to get the bios to accept new settings so I can reload the CDrom drivers and windows? We had an "expert" look at it but he didn't want to spend the time looking for schematics to replace the battery. Should I just get a newer MB and forget this one?
Adam Low
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 1:28 pm:   

Check the mobo model, and check if there are jumper settings that you will need in order to reset the CMOS. That might enable you to reinitialize the CMOS again.

Chances are, for a mobo with the soldered on battery, you are better off getting a new mobo altogether.
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2001 - 1:48 pm:   

Thanks for the tip Adam. I think you're right. I don't know the maker of this mobo, I couldn't find a name on the visible side and have not disassemble it yet. The bios has, I believe reset itself to default settings because it doesn't show the 2nd hard drive. Although being set to read the c:\ first seems strange for a default setting.
Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2001 - 11:03 am:   

My friends computer crashed, and she got a boot disk, but when she put the boot disk in it asked for a command, what does she type for command
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2001 - 10:58 am:   

Generally you do not have to enter any command. If you start with the disk in the a: drive it should automatically boot to it. That allows you to use DOS commands to install your Windows programs or whatever you are trying to do.

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