Had a weird problem this morning with an eMachines T5246 -- computer had been running fine, a week after I upped memory to 4gb. No other hardware changes since just before I bought it this spring.
At boot it said something like the usual BIOS gobbledygook Then Checking for CD Checking for CD
And it would hang. I checked BIOS -- First option is boot off CD, second hard drive, third network card. I'm wondering if the BIOS somehow got corrupted and it was really trying to check the CD the second time around and stalled ... ? I temporarily changed it over to boot off the hard drive first, and it's fine.
But I don't know if this is a good time to buy a new BIOS battery (computer's less than a year old), flash the BIOS again (no updates available, just to reflash) or what. I probably ought to go back and make it 1) cd 2) HD again, save it and see if it works, but I'm nervous about changing this now that I've got it working again. Any suggestions?
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Re: BIOS stops booting with two CD checks
1. Chek whether the time and date is correct
2. If No, change BIOS Battery, if Yes, No need to change the Battery
3. Install the latest Version BIOS (if the existing is the L8st, then reinstall)
4. Selct "Load Optimal Default" in BIOS and try to boot
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If the hard drive failed you will first need to replace it with a working hard drive. One that is done, power on the computer with the recovery disc is the drive and enter setup. It should say something like press F9 or F10 for Setup. Look through the menus for "Boot Order", make sure your CD/DVD drive is above hard drive. Save the changes and reboot, you should get a message "Press any key to boot to disc" or something similar, do so, and follow the prompts to re-install windows.
you can reset the password using a password killer or any other resetter cd software. you can download from internet. burn it in a cd. boot from the burned cd. and then u can reset your individual account password. steps are easy.
I would try to power off the machine completely and hold a key down on the keyboard and power on the computer while still holding down one key. Keep holding it (it might make an irritating beep sound, that is expected) . This is one trick that will almost always force a computer to go into the BIOS. I might also check that the power to the Hard drive was not accidentaly unplugged as I see the CD-ROM drive was recognized, but I do not see a hard drive which means a couple of things, either the hard drive died or it has no connection to either the power or data cable. Check these and see if your computer will boot.
Spyware issue? Disconnect your internet connection then try booting from the Windows disc. You may have to go into setup and make the CD/DVD ROM drive the first boot device. It may be that some malware got into your computer over the internet. Your problem could be a hardware or software issue. It is hard to say exactly what is wrong. But it seems that eMachines have their share of problems. You're getting a lot of response for your problem and hopefully someone will hit on the solution.
You must find "eMachine" XP USB drivers for your computer.
If all USB support is "enabled" in BIOS, the conflict is with drivers.
XP is loaded with many generic drivers, however eMachines is proprietary and requires eMachine drivers for most on-board hardware.
Contact eMachines support to locate the drivers (if available).
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you have not set the cdrom as first boot device in the bios (press F2 or Del on boot up to get in bios), choose cd as first boot device, save settings and restart the pc with your cd in the drive and then when prompted press enter
Go inside to your BIOS menu then set the BOOT sequence to CD as the first boot so when your PC with the operating system installation disk inside it will load the installation wizard.
Good luck hope that helps........
Download the drive test for the hard drive. Put the drive in your other computer and run the test. If it test good on simple test do the long test. IF IT COMES OUT FINE, Run the Zero program and then try to install the O.S. Check your BIOS settings and make sure everything is set right. You are on the right track. You just did not know how to test the drive. If it is a Toshiba you will not find a hard drive test. You might be able to use the Maxtor or Seagate drive test. Use the windows version if you can. If you can't do any of the test, right click on the drive and check for errors.