At start up the comp indicates Plug & play Config Error then prompt F1 OR F2. F2 being setup while F1 says continue. (XP system). Downloads files then indicates it is starting Microsoft but nothing...
F2 Enter Setup (CMOS settings) Use arrow keys to navigate ALL menus. CHANGE NOTHING just look. After you have seen all go back thru and write down any settings you think might apply.
things like: Plug and Play operating System (yes or no); Assign IRQ ( use automatic for all ); Reset Config Data (YES).
Then go back thru again and change settings ONE AT A TIME be sure to make note on paper what you change and old setting and new setting you are testing.
EACH time you change a setting save settings and resume boot.
Is it fixed ?
reboot and enter setup if and change that setting back, Test the settings you think may apply one at a time noting any additional errors or improvements or simply no effect.
Use your intuition, TAKE MOST EXCELLENT NOTES, change only one thing at a time at first being prepared to change it right back if a problem arises.
If you can not get it solved with a CMOS setting you could try setting it up from the beginning. Swap in a new HD, take small watch type battery out of socket on mainboard to power off CMOS chip and thereby clear it's memory. The default CMOS settings will be used. Boot from install CD and install windows all over again on new HD. Once you have a bootable machine in stall old HD as second HD so you can access it to transfer over files you wish to save, then you can erase the old HD by formatting it and have more storage space if you want it or simply remove it.
Sep 16, 2013 |
Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop