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I can't get into the BIOS settings

I am a begining programming student, and at this point extremely frustrated. At first when POST checked the RAM all numbers were white, now all of them are yellow? I need to get into BIOS to boot from CD to install an OS. I have tried all that I know to do, with the exception of placing the tower under the back tire of my truck and destroying it, but that doesn't accomplish what I'm trying to do.

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You should be able to get into the BIOS on a Compaq PC by tapping F1 as your turn on the computer. From there, you can reorganize the boot devices. Press the right arrow to select Boot. Press the down arrow key to select the CD-ROM. Press the + (plus) key to move the CD-ROM up until it is the first item in the list.

For the RAM issue, If you have 2 or more RAM sticks in your PC, pull one, boot, and if everything works, then the pulled stick is bad RAM. If not, replace stick #1 and pull stick #2, etc.
In general, make sure that your RAM is seated properly and locked into place, and that you discharge any static electricity before getting close to the RAM/MoBo, etc. (I usually touch the Power Supply Unit PSU as soon as I open the case to discharge through the ground on the power cable - keep it plugged it).
If you can't get anything to work, see if you can boot up with a live Linux CD or USB. I personally use Backtrack 3 
http://www.remote-exploit.org/backtrack_download.html
But systemrescuecd is pretty much the standard: http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
Use imgburn to burn the downloaded .iso file. http://www.imgburn.com/
I have recovered data from dozens of 'fried' PCs with Live Linux CDs - much better than paying geek squad a few hundred bucks to do the same thing. It'll also help you verify hardware issues (ie, if the RAM gives you trouble in both XP and Linux, then it's a hardware issue, not a software issue).
Hope this helps!

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First read articles on "ESD".
Link:
http://www.computerhope.com/esd.htm

Look for any warnings or post messages during boot sequence

1. Verify the RAM are the correct modules for your computer.
2. If the RAM is correct then remove 1 stick of RAM
3. Check the jumper settings on the HDD to verify Master, Slave, or Cable Select.
4. Remove the hard drive and verify the system will post.
5. Reinstall the HDD and boot to Bios and verify all devces are detected.
6. You might reset the Bios with the J2,3 to the J1,2 jumper.on the mother board.

Troublshooting is a process of elimination. Start barebones and work your way up!

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BIOS error, System Failure, Boot failure? ? Lets FIX it.


I guess everyone working on a computer is familiar with the word BIOS and what exactly it is? Still let me tell that BIOS is intelligent software that enables the system to start. I need not to mention that system here refers to computer. Bios facilitate the booting of a system without human intervention. BIOS is a program that is installed in a hardware chip known as ROM chip.

This single word matters a lot to most of the users who face various problems when their system failed to start normally or make some unusual activities. Each time I visit any technical forum I see a lot many users posting their problem regarding BIOS. I researched on internet about BIOS errors and from my knowledge and experience I am posting this piece of help for those who find themselves helpless in getting a solution to BIOS problems.

Sometimes BIOS itself provide a troubleshooting to most of the problems. When you power ON your system it give beep sound. Checkout some beep codes
1 short Beep indicates System is OK (Acceptance Beep)
Continue long Beep tells RAM Problem
1Long 3 Short Beep confirms RAM Problem
2/3/4 short Beep --its time to Check the RAM & Video Card

By now most of you have found some clue about the problems you are facing. Now learn about POST faults
1) K/B Error/ NO Keyboard present
· Check the loose cable connector
· Cable may be bad (Keyboard)
· K/B itself may be bad
· Check the physical condition of K/B connector on M/B
· If all these are ok & problem is still processed
· Than replace the keyboard port

2) Floppy disk drive Fail
· loose data & power connector of FDD
· Data cable may be bad (FDD)
· Load the CMOS defaults
· Floppy disk drive itself may be bad

3) CMOS Checksum error
· CMOS battery has gone bad replace it. (Weak)
· Check the CMOS jumper it may set on clear
· If the entire ok than check the CMOS battery jack, it may be bad

4) Invalid System Disk, Insert System Disk & Press enter when ready/ NTLDR is Missing
· Check the root directory; it may be formatted or missing bootable files.
· Repair the Windows or Reinstall the operating system.

5) Disk Boot failure, Insert System Disk & Press enter when ready
· Hard Disk check in POST Detected or not
· If not Detected Check the power cable
· Check the Master/Slave jumper setting.
· Also check BIOS setting

6) Computer gives message: Your computer has a serious problem
Back up your data & replace your Hard Disk
This error message is displayed due to the SMART option. This scans the HDD for errors, if it detect the errors than it show the above message. Follow the error message & back up your data on to another drive.

I tried to explain most of the problems along with their solutions. There could be a lot more solutions for the problems. Make your own search and try to fix BIOS problems at your own home.
Forward this to all those who need help!!
SOVI



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(BIOS. Basic Input/Output System. This tiny program, {64MB in size usually}, that is burned into your BIOS chipset, is what recognizes ram memory on your computer)

Things to know about the older Sdram ram memory.
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If you did not try to update BIOS before the problem started then try these troubleshooting steps.

1. Full power down. Unplug the power cord from the Power supply. Then hold down the pc power button (this discharges any residual power in the capacitors).

2. Open the case and reseat the graphics card, hard drive, and RAM.

3. Take out one of the RAM sticks if there is 2 or more. Swap the RAM sticks in different RAM slots. Try one stick at a time to see if you can get the PC to boot. If this works, then the remaining ram sticks are damaged.

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