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Big problems have a laptop - wouldn't get past the boot up screen. have no recovery disks - owner tried to boot up using ms dos 6.2 disks. now nothing works. can't find the cmos or bios setup. have win xp profess but unit doesn't recognize c drive or cd rom. what do I do now?

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If it gets to boot up screen you should be able to get into the bios; keep pressing either F2 or DEL when it boots up to get into advanced cmos settings, then make the cdrom as the first boot device. Press 'Y' when asked if want to save settings, then exit the bios screen and allow it to re boot, with your XP disc in the cdrom drive.

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Solution: MS-DOS users
Windows 3.x users
Windows 95, 98 and ME users
Windows NT, 2000 and XP users
Windows Vista users
Other PC Operating System users

MS-DOS users If you are running MS-DOS with no other operating systems, the computer should be booting into a MS-DOS prompt automatically unless you have a shell or other program loading automatically. If the computer is not getting you to a MS-DOS prompt, reboot the computer and as the computer is booting, press the F5 key when you see the message "Starting MS-DOS" or the MS-DOS version. This will load the default standard MS-DOS. If you successfully get to a MS-DOS prompt and would like to prevent the computer from loading the program that is preventing you from getting to a MS-DOS prompt, or if you would like to fix possible error messages you may be receiving when booting the computer, edit the autoexec.bat and/or the config.sys files.

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Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Vista users If you're running Windows NT, 2000, or Windows XP and need to get to MS-DOS prompt follow the below steps.
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