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The best thing to do is explain your problem more clearly. By 'setup' do you mean entering bios or installing Windows? Are you trying to install Win7 on an old computer? What happenes if you just turn on your machine without pressing any keys?
You will need to go to the website for the motherboard manufacturer and download the updated drivers for that motherboard. This is common with all the changes that windows goes through in a life cycle.
This happens when your operating has a problem with it's hardware, e.g or ram etc. Also some windows major files like DLL are gone missing by chance. Try to restart the Pc and press f8 until you get the options to start in safe mode, If safe mode dosn't works and gives the same informaton, try to make a backup of your filesby using the external hard drive, whereby you will need any other computer to make this backup, from your own hard drive. After doing this, you can format the hard drive and load operating system on it, if you know how to do this. You haven't mentioned the operating system you have in your pc, if you have vista or win 7. by pressing f8 key will aslo give you options, e.g..repair, run computer to last known configuration etc. Hope this works, or you can also go online help with service tech.
It's possible that the BIOS setup has been accidentally set to non ACPI mode. Check in the setup to ensure ACPI is enabled.
Other possible causes that have been pointed out are memory expansion, overclocking and incompatible driver software. Check out what you have recently installed or updated on your computer or removed RAM from one slot and boot or check the bios update good day and rate solution if it helps
Enter you bios & disable ACPI. Restart the system. Than update your windows. There should be an update for ACPI through Microsoft update service. Once installed restart your system & enter into your bios. Now enable ACPI. Save & exit the bios.
If this does not help you can try the work around found on Microsoft's web site. See the link provided; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314830
Hi meangmoeurn, what makes you think your bios is not ACPI complaint? Enter your bios & disable ACPI. The reason for this is windows must be fully updated. One windows has been fully updated you can turn on ACPI. Its a software issue. Read through this Microsoft link; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314088
what make and model is the PC?
if you have the hard drive cd from the manufacture then you should be able to install it.
you need to hit F6 during bootup, when you install the Windows Xp from a CD watch it very carefully, during the first few seconds. the bootup will ask for additional hard drive driver. that is when you hit F6 and follow the instruction. don't do anything till it ask for it.
go into bios setup when booting computer at the first screen press the del key or f2 or f10 or check bottom left of screen for how to enter bios. When in bios check to see what key to press to set it to default. this may fix it