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Re: Reinstalling system & adding RAM - "system disabled"
Assuming we are talking about Bios only (not windows) what you describe (on a typcial motherboard) is impossible. Here is what I suggest.
1. Remove battery. 2. Set jumpers correctly meaning how they were originally. 3. If this does not work as normal then you will have to flash your bios. 4. You will need to know your motherboard model, get on the internet, go to mfg site, get the bios and flash utility (it will fit on a diskette) and go from there.
If this does not work simply comment back and I will get the message. We can go to step 2 then. Tango...
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This may be the motherboard has failed, it happens more than most people think. There is no way to check it, but if you are advanced enough you can buy one and replace it, and not have to worry about reinstalling your operating system. Just a possibility, but that is what it sounds like to me.
What makes you think you've lost everything? Unless you specifically instructed your computer to Format the hard drive, I would doubt very seriously that you have lost everything. Everything might still be there, but a virus has hidden it to make you think you've lost everything. Oh, one more way to lose everything is to interrupt a System Recovery before it completes, or interrupt an Fresh Install of Windows before it completes.
A lot of times the System will think you've lost everything because somehow a setting the bios was changed either by you or some virus and it has set the hard drive where it is not detectable. Turn your computer off then watch the screen to see which key you have to hit to get into the BIOS or SETUP or System Setup.
Once you are in the BIOS scroll through it looking for AHCI that will be associated with disk drives or disk controllers. If it is Enabled, Disable it and Boot your machine. If it is Disabled, Enable it and Boot your machine. In other words just change the settings for AHCI.
You have to use F10 to get into setup to restore defaults. Default is no password. When you change all the setup you wanted and save all the changes then you leave setup to restart the system. If you then get blue screen, you do the ctrl-alt-del to get task manager. Which can have new task config, you click ok. Don't put in any password again in setup or task manager. Learn setup and task manager software?
Will your system come up in safe mode? Try a shutdown and unplug the tower. Plug the tower back in and see if it will come up in safe mode. If it does, go to "control panel", find "device manager" and right click on it. Find "display adaptors" and click on box at right(has a little + inside), it should drop down your device. right click o it and you sjhould see 'enable" or "disable". If it says enable click on that ad you should be good to go. Make sure your connections between tower and monitor are good.
I assume that you have the password? Restart your computer. As soon as you see the dell screen, hit the f2 key. This will take you into setup. Look through the different menus and you will find the password options somewhere. You should be able to disable it there.
Can you do a system restore? If not, here is something to try:
You may have caused a registry error. Try running a registry repair program, restart the computer after repair has run, then try reinstalling, after reinstalling, restart the system once again, then try DVD. Good luck.
In the BIOS, disable everything you don't need or have on the computer:
Floppy controller - don't need.
Parallel printer ports? disable for now.
Serial ports? disable for now
You may also want to remove all but one stick of RAM.
If it still fails, change to another stick of RAM.
It will work.
i,d suggest the paper sensor that you,ve disabled is suspect.
Alternatively, could be a cabling error.
Try a new printer cable, if this fails uninstall remove completely all software and printer, along with cabling. start computer/shutdown. re setup the whole printer as a new installation. if non of this works. Bin it and buy a new printer.
Finally if you,ve got standard windows 98. upgrade to 98se. might help.
Mike @ Compurepair.