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I have an old pc that used to work and now it wont even load. it's a windows 95/97 packard bell pc. how do i fix it to have it running properly again?

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  • tigerfire9 Sep 24, 2008

    the screen works. the screen says press F1 for set up, ESC for boot, F2 for operating rom


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The computer boot? The screen is working? What are you reading on the screen?

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