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Eurcom 888E wont boot past the bios screen


Need some urgent help. I've got a Eurocom 888E and it's been fine for years.

But now when I switch it on it goes through the Bios page very quickly and then to a black screen with the a cursor in the corner.
It will go no further and when I try any keys it just beeps. Ctr-Alt-Delete just start it up again with the same result.

The only problem i had before was that I was getting an error about a disk being inserted that wasnt actually in the CD drive.

I'm a bit clueless so you'll have to quite clear on what I can do to get my baby up and running.

Please help!

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  • BonChakram Sep 21, 2008

    Hi Robert

    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately that hasnt worked. Nothing happens - just goes through the Bios screen and then to the black screen with a flashing underscore (same as before).

    Then beeps when try push any keys.

    Any other suggestions?

    I've got the CD with the drivers on that came with the laptop - will that help anything?

  • BonChakram Sep 21, 2008

    hi Robert

    I've tried to start it up without the power cable - didnt work. I've now removed the battery and I'm waiting for a bit....

  • BonChakram Sep 21, 2008

    hey again

    Removing the battery, waiting and switching her back on didnt work :(

  • BonChakram Sep 22, 2008

    No nothing happened when I tapped the F8 key.

    It goes through the Bios screen really quickly. How do I stop it to try control it? I've tried ctrl-alt-delete that just reboots and it goes through the Bios screen with the same result.

  • BonChakram Sep 23, 2008

    hi again

    I pushed Ctr-Alt-S this took me to a screen with the settings. No sign of a date except the current one :(

  • BonChakram Sep 23, 2008

    cool. the time reflects what it is in the uk right now.

    Gonna give you all the info on the page - I dont know what most of it means.


    Floppy Drive A=1.44MB

    Hard Drive C=40010MB

    Hard Drive D=0MB

    Hard Drive E=0MB

    Hard Drive F=0MB

    Serial Port 1 = COM1, 3FB, IRQ 4

    Serial Port 2 = COM2, 2FB, IRQ3

    Parallel Port = LPT1, Addr 378, IRQ7


    CPU Clock= 2400MHz






    Total RAM=524288KB

    Cache (Ext)=512KB

    Does that help at all?

  • BonChakram Sep 23, 2008

    Hi robert

    Not sure where the bios battery is, but nothing changed when i removed the cord or the normal battery.

    If i restore the factory settings then I'll have to reformat the hard drive and reinstall windows? Will this mean that I wont be able to get all my stuff off the laptops - documents and music?

    Is there a way which i can "download" my docs and music off the hard drive before?



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Reboot the computer as soon as you see signs of life start tapping the f8 key. when that screen pops up try to boot to safe mode or last known good configuration.


Posted on Sep 20, 2008

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    Roberta Smith Sep 21, 2008

    topic appears to be laptop so unless you have a desktop this won't likely work.... unless you know where the bios battery is... but even so.... pretty simple thing to try.... remove the power plug and battery if it is a laptop.... wait five or ten minutes and plug it back in and power it up.

    i have some other things you can try but lets start there ... i've got coffee and i'll be here for the rest of the day.


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 21, 2008

    are you comfortable enough to go into the bios ?

    and nothing when you kept tapping the f8 key eh ?


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 22, 2008

    When it boots up there will be something written there to enter the setup (bios). a little hint is if the screen goes by too fast.... hit the pause key on your keyboard. I don't want you to change any settings there yet. but in the first selection in that menu on the left side. i need you to hi light it and hit enter. use your up down keys on your keyboard to get to it. i'd like you to check the date and time. also is it showing a hard drive as being detected. ?


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 23, 2008

    ok... the settings screen is a good start... in other words the bios.... you will see a menu divided into the left and right.... use your up down key to hi light the one you want.... pick the first choice on the menu on the left.... hi light it then hit the enter key..... it should show you the system time and more importantly if it has found devices such as your hard drive and cd rom etc.... there should be a list of them..... the setting should be on auto... but i'll leave that till you confirm it has found the devices


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 23, 2008

    Ok.... when you removed the battery and the power cord were you able to remove the bios battery at the same time ? one other thing you can try is to restore the bios to the default settings and then save them. i cannot recall exactly the words used in the menu. but if you cannot locate the bios battery. you might try this.


    P.S. after this is likely having to format your hard drive and reinstall your operating system

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 23, 2008

    First basically what it appears to need is for the bios battery to be unplugged as well. removing the battery and power plug doesn't completely do a reset on a laptop. ... i can try and find the service manual for that computer later on today. boot back into the bios and restore the bios to defaut... hit f10 the yes... reboot and see what it does.

    if that does not work you would probably have to format the drive and reinstall your operating system. yep you would lose everything.

    I do data recovery and i suspect that i'd recover what you are after but i do that for a living so i'll not discuss how to do it in these forums




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