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Hardware malfunction - The system has halted

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I have some problems to startup my IBM intelliStation M Pro after trying to get BIOS and change it to start first the CD-Rom driver before the hard drive (C). Why? The reason is that I want to install UBURNTU by a CD. To get in BIOS (?), I pressed "Ctrl + A". Curiously, I found 15 devices, but only 2 are used. The device #2 which is used for (C) the hard drive and #7 the CD-Rom? (I suppose, not sure because I don't have knowledge of technical and computer). Others are written "no device". I check everything and went to everywhere I can move with the arrow (right, left, up, and down), I didn't find anything is said: "Hard Drive" and "CD-Rom" device. After all, I have changed nothing. When I took "exit", I was carefully about "yes and no", before pressing to any letter to "boot" the system as it is required.

After this, when I turn on my computer, I get this error message and it's said: "Hardware malfunction. Call your hardware vendor for support. *** The system has halted**

I tried several time from morning and evening to get start, but it didn't working. Currently, my monitor is dark likely it is not connected to the hard drive. The 3 lights (power, hard drive, and CD-Rom) of the destop are solid green, but the left one is flashing slowly. The power light of the monitor is orange, not green. Usually, when it's connected, it's green. So I don't know what to do. Could you help and tell me what to do, I will be very appreciate. Here are my questions:

1) How I can do to get start again my computer and connect again to my monitor?
2) How I do to get into BIOS and see Hard Drive and CD-ROM?
3) How to change my computer to startup at first the CD-ROM drive?

Thanks.

Doua Yang

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To get into the bios, you either need to press F1, delete or F2 as the computer boots. Look very carefully at the screen when it boots because it will only tell you briefly what key you need to press on your keyboard. Once you have got into bios use your cursor keys to get to the correct page where it will tell you the boot options. Then change the boot options to your preference and save the changes and exit.

You are right about the monitor though, it will not come on if your computer doesn't boot correctly.

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1. if you have made changes to the bios and cannot now see your monitor i would recommend opening the pc do not touch any part of the mother board or parts. keep one hand grounded on the case at all times. look for the big watch battery remove it for about 2 min. then put it back exactly the way it was.
that should remove any changes to the cmos you have made.

2 then boot up the computer if everything starts as it did before then you can reboot and push whatever key it says to start the bios configuration if your arrow keys dont work, try the page up page down buttons to change the boot order.


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Try to test every I/O ports in your motherboard if it working because usually some of those hardware have problems...actually we have the same problem...it is not in the bios settings u must focus but to find the hardware that is malfunctioning

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SOURCE: IBM Blue Screen

I had the same problem with an Intellistation 6868 for years. It just wouldn't load XP but ran fine on Windows 2000 SP4. I tried 3 different XP Installation CD's with no luck. After several attempts at installing XP I bought a clean XP Upgrade from ebay.

It took me 3 goes to install it but eventually I got it in there. If you can get XP to start on the 6868 press F8 and start it in safe mode first then when it's booted fully, shut it down and and then start it clean again. It worked for me. I've been running it for 5 months now and it's fine.

I couldn't get it to work at all on the 6868's onboard IDE so I installed a PCI Raid Card and it boots fine on that.

System:
IBM 6868 52A M-Pro Intellistation
2 x Intel P3 866 CPU's 256 mb cache
2 GB ECC RD Ram
2 x Seagate 320 GB 8MB Cache HDD on a Sunix ATA133 PCI Raid Card
2 x Seagate 10000 rpm SCSI HDD on Adaptec Raid Card
ATI 9520 AGP 128mb Graphics
Win2000 Professional SP4 - Upgraded to XP Professional Edition SP3
Dual Boots with Xandros Linux Desktop Destop 3.01C

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