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Computer After trying to reformat my old computer I really screwed up the settings by messing with things I should not have.Now it says boot disc failure insert disc and follow instructions on screen and press help.I think I changed the cmos,c. and bios setting and don`t know how to change them back or what they should be.Can you help?Thanks -Jerry-

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  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    Well I`ll try 1 more time with this thing before I shoot it.I know it will still work because I`m the one who messed it up and also know you can`t help me if I don`t get the right info to you.It is an A Open 256 Pentium MMXCPU at 200MHz.Memory test ok 65536K.But now at the end of boot up it says no fixed disks present.Thank you --Jerry-

  • Jerry Feb 08, 2008

    At the end of boot up it now says no fixed disks present,It is A Open 256 Pentium MMX@200MHz,memory test ok.I know I screwed up settings but don`t know how to get them back.



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You will have to do some steps to fix this up
if you have a desktop system...
1. open your system...replug the hard drive connections.
2. you can see the battery on the motherboard...reseat it
3. rest your bios to factory defaults
4 after that initiate the format

plz specify the system model you will help me in gioving you a better solution

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