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Old 08-28-2004, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I dont know if this is the right place to post this but I couldn't think of a better one...

I just was givin an old desktop computer. I dont know anything about it. I booted it up for the first time and once the bios did its memory test it goes to a blank screen. The only thing on it is a skeleton key looking symbol. No keys work except when I press enter. When I do that it spaces one line down and shows the same symbol exept its slightly larger and has an X striken through it. It repeats this 2 symbol display, one then the other, 3 times and then shows a * and all the keys go dead. I have no idea what this means!...
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Old 08-28-2004, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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DOS??
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could be...i really dont know. it just talks about its compaque bios.
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Use your standard setup keys to enter bios, to see what you have. use a dos or 95 boot disk to see what you have
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there is no way to enter it. how do i get a boot disk? would that help me? i tryed to have it boot a cd of a linux distro but annaconda would not load. the screen just did the same as i explained above.
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did you try f10,f1,f2,del,ctrl-alt-enter as it was first booting?

Go to bootdisk.com and get any boot disk you need
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none of those keys worked. the only thing about a boot disk is i have no idea what os, or version of, it is running.
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I would try a win 95 boot disk and see what happens
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