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BIOS error Please Help me, my compaq armada e500 wont start. Well it also goes to the usual screen displaying the compaq logo for quite a long minutes then you'll hear three beep then diplaying mesage like in ms dos saying BIOS error.. then I try pressing any key but then there was no response to the system. The problem started when I was reinstalling windows 98 because my laptop won't recognize my USB so I though this will solve my problem about usb drivers, but suddenly it hibernates and when I turn on the power again, I won't go to windows anymore. I lost all the support installer and manual so I really don't have any Idea what is going on with my laptop. please help, cause I really need this for my studies

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  • noki5 Feb 19, 2008

    thanks for the response, but what sort of installation disk I must have, well, I've tried the windows 98 and the diskette while installing the windows 98, but still no response,

  • noki5 Feb 19, 2008

    there's no response with the windows 98 disc, and here's another thing, I tried to remove the hard disc and the battery pack inside then return it and power it on, it is okay and I was able to enter windows but when I shut it down same problem occurs..



    I don't want to do that over and over cause Im no computer technician but it makes me wonder if the problem is connected with hardware?

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Please try to "load default setting" of you bios. Have you try that?

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Do you have the installation disk, by chance? you can boot from that and see what you can see. Just do NOT reformat the drive. I repeat, DO NOT reformat the drive.

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    Patrick Michaels Feb 19, 2008

    yes..the w98 disk..you should be able to run it from there, or you could hit F11 when starting, and run a hard drive diagnostic, to see if it's a physical drive issue.


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    Patrick Michaels Feb 19, 2008

    could be..you may wish to have the drive moved to another machine, so that you will NOT lose any data.

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