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How do I get my Gateway laptop to boot?

My Gateway laptop is stuck in a virtual "entering setup" mode. It will not boot from the cdrom. It goes through the system bios check then F2 to enter setup but just never goes to it and cdrom stops turning and nothing h..a..p..p..e..n..s..!!!

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    Kimberley Kluthe Jan 25, 2013

    All I really want to know is does anybody know approximately where inside the laptop this battery is located? I've opened it and have had no luck. Is there an online diagram or something I could use?



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Posted on Jan 11, 2013


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SOURCE: Failure to boot

In these cases, I'd strongly recommend checking the RAM to ensure that isn't the problem. If the RAM is fine, then the issue is likely with the laptops motherboard. In which case, it would need to be sent back to the manufacterer.

Posted on May 25, 2008

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SOURCE: my laptop says entering set up but does not enter

Nice way of experimenting , but if you want to continue working on your machine without errors, just load the default settings and save them while you exit. Also make sure you have the battery replaced on the motherboard.

Posted on Nov 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Lost Windows7 Home Premium. recieved


It appears that BIOS password it set on your computer, if you have forgot BIOS password then you have to reset CMOS jumper setting. Please follow the below steps:

Open the Laptop back panel. Locate the CMOS battery, remove it & then with the help of a screw driver keep on pressing the terminal inside it and turn ON the computer for 10 secs and Turn Off (make sure you keep on pressing the terminal with a screwdriver while turning ON). It will short the BIOS setting. Now, fix the CMOS battery & restart the computer. This will take care of the issue.

Thanks and regards,

Posted on Nov 29, 2010

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SOURCE: my laptop is not loading

I would contact amd speak to the technical department, they are very helpfull. It may be a RAM fault or a hard drive fault but as you have data on the drive, I don't want it to go pear shaped and for you to lose any data.
Hope that helps.

Posted on Mar 09, 2011

SOURCE: eee pc 1005ha bios setup won't start, it just hangs while entering, just after detecting the hard drive.

Maybe you are not giving it enough time to get into the setup.

Let it sit for a while and see what happens.

Posted on May 31, 2012

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My gateway laptop is stuck on "setup is starting services'' ive tried evrything but still cant manage to get past this screen

I would press F8 just before it boots to get into safe mode. From there the issue should be apparent.

Nov 25, 2013 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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Doesn't enable virtualization

To determine whether your PC supports hardware virtualization:

Step 1. Does my PC have a CPU with support for hardware virtualization?

Download and run the Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool

If you receive the message This computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization, your computer does not meet the hardware requirement for Windows Virtual PC, but you can still use Windows 7 XP Mode by running this hotfix. Be aware that XP Mode will run much better if hardware-assisted virtualization can be enabled.

If you receive the message Hardware-assisted virtualization is not enabled on this computer, go on to Step 2 below.

If you receive the message This computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualization, download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.

Step 2. Does my PC BIOS support hardware virtualization, and is it turned on?

Instructions to turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS are specific to OEM models. It is important that after changing your BIOS settings the PC is completely shut down at the power switch before restarting so that the new BIOS settings can take place.

Examples for some models of some computer manufacturer's BIOS settings are below:

Sample instructions for your PC

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Dell systems

Depress the F12 key when boot menu text appears at startup

Select BIOS setup and depress the Enter key

Using the mouse, expand the Virtualization Support menu item by clicking on the plus to the left of Virtualization Support and select Virtualization

Check the Enable Intel Virtualization Technology checkbox

Click Apply

Click Exit

Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer

HP systems

Depress Esc key when prompted at startup

Depress the F10 key to Configure BIOS

Scroll to System Configuration using the arrow keys

Select Virtualization Technology and depress the Enter key

Select Enabled and depress the Enter key

Depress the F10 key to save and exit

Select Yes and depress the Enter key

Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer

Lenovo ThinkPad systems

Depress the blue ThinkVantage key when prompted at startup

Depress the F1 key to enter the BIOS setup utility

Using the arrow keys, scroll to Config and depress the Enter key

Scroll to CPU and depress the Enter key

Scroll to Intel Virtualization Technology and depress the Enter key

Select Enabled and depress the Enter key

Depress Enter key to continue

Depress F10 key to save and exit

Select Yes and depress the Enter key

Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer


PCs capable of supporting Windows XP Mode have already been enabled and do not require additional configuration.


PCs capable of supporting Windows XP Mode have already been enabled and do not require additional configuration.


PCs capable of supporting Windows XP Mode have already been enabled and do not require additional configuration.


Depress the F2 key when boot menu text appears at startup

Select Advanced menu in Setup Utility

Change "Intel Virtualization Technology" setting from Disable to Enable

Depress F10 to exit Setup Utility

Select Yes in confirmation menu

Depress Enter to exit confirmation menu.

Please note the instructions above may not work in all cases and consulting with your computer manufacturer may be necessary. Additionally, we expect hardware virtualization to become more available when Windows 7 is shipped, particularly in business-class PCs. For those PCs that come pre-installed with Windows XP Mode we recommend the computer manufacturer turn on hardware virtualization before shipping the PC.

Once you have confirmed your PC supports hardware virtualization
Download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode

hope this helps

Aug 08, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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How do I install WindowsXP

You need a Windows XP installation CD plus the product installation code.
If you do not have a Windows XP Pro installation CD then you maybe able to get one on the internet.
To install Windows XP, boot up your laptop with the Windows installation CD and follow the instructions.

May 20, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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My laptop is not allowing me to install OS (windows) i suggest mayb its bios securities now how can i remove the security

A) DO NOT post your email address. It's in the FixYa T.O.S.
(Terms of Service)

(Plus it's a worldwide forum. You are opening your email to all sorts of spam)

B) Are you trying to install the SAME operating system?
Example: Windows XP over Windows XP?

Windows does not like to be written over. A type of security.
It definitely does not like the SAME O/S being written over it.

(Same version and build)

Go to BIOS Setup, and to Boot Options.
In Boot Options make sure CDROM is set as the first boot device.

CDROM will be at the top of the list.

SAVE changes.

Your computer will now boot off of whatever is in the optical drive.

Need laptop manufacturer name, and Model Number, to try to guide you in entering BIOS Setup.

{ OR, soon as you turn the laptop on look at the bottom of the monitor screen. Look for;

A) enter Setup, or
B) enter BIOS Setup, or
C) enter CMOS Setup

There will be a key on the Keyboard to press, that is stated next to the above. (Example: enter BIOS Setup/ Delete, or enter CMOS Setup/F2)

Once you see the key, (Screen goes by very f-a-s-t), restart the computer.
(Press the CTRL key, ALT key, and DELete key, AT THE SAME TIME, to restart the computer)

As SOON as the computer restarts, start tapping on the key.
(Tap in 2 second intervals. If you hear a beeping, ignore it.
It is a Stuck Key Error Code )

Post back with your findings in a Comment.


Jan 29, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I have a Compaq Presario SR1630NX...Had to scrub drive, not I can relad windows... getting following error "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" Got any suggestions, just...

Do you have the first boot device in Boot Order set to CDROM?

As SOON as you press the Power On button start tapping on the F10 key. tap in 2 second intervals.
You're supposed to wait until you see the HP logo, but if you wait too long, you'll miss this small window of opportunity.
This method should ensure that you enter BIOS Setup.

(If you get a stuck key error code beep, disregard it. It's okay.
It may be the F1 key to enter BIOS Setup. Watch the screen for the key to press to enter BIOS Setup. It will be shown.

Once you see it start tapping on that key. If the small window of opportunity passes, {Sometimes it goes by q-u-i-c-k}, press the CTRL key, ALT key, and DELete key AT THE SAME TIME.
This will restart your computer so you can try again)

The above link is to show you what the main menu looks like, in BIOS Setup for BIOS version 6, or less.
When in BIOS Setup you cannot use your mouse anymore. To navigate around you have to use the Keyboard.

Use the Right Arrow key to highlight - Boot
Press the Enter key.

Use the Down Arrow key to highlight Boot Priority.
Press the Enter key.

You want CDROM at the top of the list. Use the appropriate arrow key, and highlight CDROM.
Press the Minus key ( - ) to move CDROM around in the list.

With some versions of Boot Order you have to move each boot device until the boot device you want, is at the top of the list. With other versions you just keep pressing the minus key unti the boot device you want comes to the top of the list.

Once you have CDROM at the top of the list, Save Changes.
Look at the navigation guide at the side, and bottom. See which key you press to Save Changes.

Until you save changes it will be like you have done nothing at all. You are just looking around.

Once you press the appropriate key to save changes, a Y/N, or Yes/No will come up.
Just press the small case y key. You do not need to use a capital Y. (The capital Y is just shown for clarity)

The computer should restart now. Put the Win7 disk in the optical drive, if it is not in there already.

For BIOS versions 7 or higher, the information is shown on how to enter Boot Order.
Left-click on the + sign next to -
BIOS Version 7 or greater

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Aug 21, 2011 | HP Compaq Presario SR1630NX PC Desktop

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When system boots an error occurs"system bios shadowed" "Mouse initialized error" just before the OS is loaded into RAM

Firstly I would enter the BIOS and set it to default. That should remove the BIOS Shadow. When you finally get it to boot, run CHKDSK/F to remove any hard disc virtual errors.
Hope that helps.

Mar 28, 2011 | Fujitsu LifeBookS6120 Notebook

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Not starting , if i turn it on "Loading" show

your operating system might be corrupted...
it can be an issue with your hard disk also...
try reinstalling the operating system, if it is still the same then you need to replace your internal hard disk....

Jan 28, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How do i restore a medion laptop back to factory settings as we have the discs but we have a detachable cd/dvd disc drive. so really struggling to reset things

I will have to assume "detachable" means USB. You will need to enter the motherboard's BIOS setup program --- this is typically accomplished by pushing a key or keys as soon as possible after pushing the power button. Key DEL, F2 or F10 are most likely, but usually the system *tells* you ... look for something like "Press F2 to run setup".

Once you enter the BIOS setup program, look for "Advanced BIOS Features", which is usually the 2nd option in the left column (navigate using your arrow keys and press ENTER/RETURN to select). Using the arrow keys, move to "1st boot device" and select "USB" or "Removable Device". If you don't see either under "1st Boot Option", then *disable* all boot devices (1st boot device, 2nd boot device, etc.) but *enable* "Boot Other Device". This should force your motherboard to boot from the USB CDROM.

If your CDROM is *not* USB, then I'm afraid I've paddled up the wrong creek :-(

Hope this helps!

Apr 11, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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To enter the CMOS setup BIOS you hit f2 during the power on. After you enter the bios to the boot up screen and select first boot up = CD ROM. Save the configuration and reboot. Now pop in your windows XP cd into the CDROM, your computer will bootup from the CDROM. You can now reinstall windows.

Dec 11, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-FW290JTB Notebook PC

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450sx4 freezes half way thru setup

E-mail CHID: 5736 So basically it freezes trying to intialize the setup. ... try rebooting the computer into safe mode and run the setup through safe mode.

Good Luck, Please dont for get to Vote/Thank You.

Dec 23, 2007 | Gateway 450SX4 Notebook

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