The Gateway GM838 sits on the Boot logo "Gateway" for 30 seconds before you can access the CMOS settings. The hard disc appears to spin up to speed for this time and after the drive slows down the system becomes responsive to the keyboard. I have down loaded the latest drivers and replaced them for the keyboard. All function anthe keyboard appear normal.
Windows XP Media boots normal after this. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Re: Gateway Initial Boot Up slow Before Windows
Isnt there a quik boot option in the bios?,look at your system info in windows,rt.click my computer and hit properties,is your processor speed correct,and your ram memory all there.?should be a number divisible by 64,if its not and your missing 10 or 15 meg. one of your ram sticks is loose or failing,pop them out and reseat them,seems to help some of the time,hope this helps ,let me know more details
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While the computer is powering on, tap the F8 key until you get a menu. Select Safe Mode w/networking and see if that allows you to log in. If yes then you will need to determine whether or not you updated a driver recently and roll it back. This is where I would start. If it doesn't boot into safe mode then you may be looking reinstalling Windows.
There are many password options on computers.Windows PasswordDisk Encryption passwordHDD password (Set in BIOS)BIOS config password (Set in BIOS)Boot password (Set in BIOS)
If you have your boot order to boot to CD/DVD before HDD then you can download the Hiren Boot CD, burn it to disc and use one of the BIOS password wipers available.
Alternate method, some laptops will be easier than others. You can open the laptop up and remove the CMOS battery for about 30 seconds to reset all BIOS settings to defaults. The battery will look like a watch battery but about the size of a quarter. or a round disc with a couple wires coming out. Google "CMOS battery for images" Start by openingn the back panels and you may get lucky and have easy access to the battery or you may need to remove either the front or rear body completely.
Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, then reboot it. You need to see the initial display screen to get into the BIOS. Press the F1 key immediately in one second intervals when you see the initial screen displaying the BIOS provider information. The majority of Gateway computers use the F1 key. If, for some reason this does not work, then use the F2. All of Gateway's desktops use the F1 or F2 keys. this will vary depending on your computer and operating system Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS using the arrow keys load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart. Hope this helps.
All of Gateway's desktops use the F1 or F2 keys to access to the CMOS setup.
Turn off your PC, and power on the PC. Press the F1or F2key immediately in one second intervals when you see the initial screen displaying the BIOS.(Try F1 key first, if it does work try F2 Key)
Hope it helps.
At boot up press F2 and enter BIOS. Here check if your HDD is recognized. If yes Ten your Windows is corrupted and needs to be reinstalled. How to install and save your data follow the link below:
Crashed Windows : No Problem If the HDD is not being recognized then run Auto Detect to recognize the HDD. If it works fine, if not then the HDD may need a change.
Sometimes they make the recovery disk with windows on it, but not the programs that start windows during the boot up phase. One of the three main files that boots into windows is corrputed or your Master Boot Record is missing. There are two options you can try without the OS disc so lets see if one of those will work: 1) boot up and press F8 to enter safe mode. Once in safe mode sometimes you can also get into window because just the minimum of the program is loaded. F8 Safe Mode>in windows>click start>accesories>system tools>system restore. It will allow you to restore your computer to a prior date before you have problems. 2)if that don;'t work then F8 safe mode and while in safe mode choose Last Known Configuration. Kinda works the same way as restoe but you don't have to be in windows to do it. If those don't work then get your hands on a windows xp disc, anyone's will do, don't have to be yours. Let me know how it goes.
Rate this solution. You can also find out about this at support.microsoft.com>help and support>type in Windows XP boot disk in the search engine.If those don't work let me know and we'll move on to phase II.
This machine is one of the first "legacy free" models which means there are
no BIOS options to change.
All settings and resources must be assigned by the OS.
For details, please check the "legacy free" FAQ on MS Knowledge base. If you are trying to access the BIOS to change boot order so that you can boot from a CD, hold down the 'c' key during POST/boot. This will case your laptop to boot from CD-ROM.