I am unable to open cafe world
You've done all the right things - likely the keyboard controller is
shot. If you can live with not turning off your computer you could
probably get years more out of this box ... assuming you can get a usb
mouse/keyboard running. Otherwise you'll have to explore finding a new
I trolled the Dell forums last night and learned some cool things ...
appropriate to your motherboard are the following comments:
I've seen that where the keyboard and mouse (PS/2 plugs) were swapped
around. Not saying that that's what you did, but does hint that you may
want to unplug both the keyboard and mouse and see if the error goes
away. If so, add the keyboard and see if it's ok, if not try another
keyboard. If the keyboard works, try adding the mouse, and if that
gives the error, try another mouse.
Here's a software way to clear the NVRAM:
To clear your NVRAM, just do this.....
Reboot system and enter the BIOS Setup by pressing F2.
Turn on Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock.
Press ALT+ E then ALT+ F (should hear beep) then ALT+ B
If you are unable to access the BIOS Setup to clear the NVRAM then do a "hard" reset of the NVRAM by doing this.....
With the machine unplugged from the wall remove the battery from the
motherboard. Then with the machine still unplugged press the On button
for several seconds to dissipate any remaining electrical charge on the
motherboard. Then re-install the battery, plug the machine back into
the wall and see if it will boot normally.
If the problem continues after clearing the NVRAM and you only have one
hard drive and one CD drive installed then go into the BIOS Setup and
turn OFF the Primary Drive 1 and Secondary Drive 1 options under the
Drive Configuration menu.
To get going with USB mice/keyboards:
The trick here is to get USB legacy support enabled; and I agree it's
almost certainly the default setting for the BIOS. Try booting again
with JUST the keyboard and no mouse. See if you can get into BIOS
setup. If so, be sure to set USB emulation ON.
I plugged just the keyboard in and it booted right up. If there were
any errors then I couldn't see them. I placed a USB mouse on the
machine and everything seems to be perfect.QUOTE]
[QUOTE]As for the "prognosis" -- it sounds like your PS/2 ports have
failed. If the system will work okay with a USB keyboard & mouse,
the system should be fine. If not, then there may be a more fundamental
issue. If you're willing to spend a few $$ ($10 - $15) we can try to
resurrect it. Otherwise, it may very well need a new motherboard.
When the system hangs at the XP screen you are past the Bios POST
... it's a windows issue at that point (can't find hardware/drivers).
Since you seem to want to reformat you might try installing windows
over top of itself (the Dell recovery CD) .... after you have saved
The A05 bios should be inclusive of all hardware to date - going back to A03 should not be necessary.
To flash the bios you need native dos - a win98 boot disk would work fine.
What is your boot drive? I can't see how you could boot to XP with a single diskette ...
So ... if you can get hold of a usb keyboard you could try that route.
lastly, about the data on your hard drive; the easiest way would be to
make another partition on that drive and drag all your files over to
it. When you format/install XP it will be to the original partition and
your data will be safe. There are also freeware apps which will allow
you to read/copy NTFS from win98 ... here's one such:
Play with it a bit before you wipe your drive - you want to make sure your data has been moved.
Hope this helps a bit.
1. Connect your VGA cable to the onboard port. (Not the Radeon)
2. Boot the computer into Safe Mode by pressing F8 when you see the blue Dell Logo, and go up to Safe Mode.
3. Open the Device Manager by Right Clicking on My Computer, select Properties, and then click Device Manager.
4. Click Display Adapters (or something of the sort) until you see the Intel Graphics Controller.
5. Right click it, and select Disable. DO NOT CLICK UNINSTALL!
6. Windows is going to ask you to restart. Click the box that says you'll do it later, and Shutdown your PC.
7. Proceed to install the card, and connect the VGA cable to the Radeon.
8. Reboot your PC.
9. When you get back into Windows, install the Drivers from the
Supplied CD. Also, make sure that the setting in your BIOS for Primary
Video Adapter is set to Auto.
Done! Hope this helps!
Jan 20, 2010 |
Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop