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#1 ansell

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 08:05 PM

I've been given a computer that was used in a racing sim network. I'm told that the hard-drive was reformatted. On starting there is a successful memory check - then nothing further and no access to the cd-drive or a-drive.
After the memory test the screen reads....

Award Medallion BIOS v6.0 1984-2000 Award Software Inc.
ASUS CUSL2-C ACPI BIOS Revision 1006.A

InteŽ 111 500E MHz Processor
Memory Test 786432K OK

Press DEL to enter SETUP
02/27/2001 - 1815 - CUSL2-C-00
____________

The cursor remains flashing under the '2' at the end of the memory test number.
Pressing ESC will skip the memory test so the keyboard is active.
Pressing DEL does not enter setup....in fact pressing any key at all produces nothing.
I've reset the cmos (battery removal and jumper reset) with no change.
Neither keyboard or mouse are usb.
I've downloaded the m'board manual and reinstalled the hard-drive, floppy-drive and cd-rom drive.
On start-up there is a single beep which the manual tells me indicates that there was no error during POST.
Suggestions appreciated. Regards, ansell.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:50 PM

Well...you need to get into the BIOS, whatever it takes. IMO, that's where all troubleshooting has to start in this instance.

I'd try replacing (not removing) the CMOS battery.

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 11:42 PM

Was any Operating System installed after the reformat?

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:11 AM

Thanks for the replies.....
I've been able to get into the bios by removing and then replacing the three DIMM memory cards. I set the bios to the default settings and then selected to boot from the cd-rom-drive and here I ran into another problem. As I intend to give the computer to the local primary school I got their Windows XP Prof. installation disc and it turns out that this is a x64 version and the computer will only run a x32 version. As I don't have a x32 installation disc I seem to have arrived at a dead-end. Dunno what to do now! Regards, ansell.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 04:28 PM

Pretty strange that a school would be running the less-used 64-bit version...but strange things happen every day.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/6...ploringx64.mspx

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Edited by hamluis, 24 July 2008 - 04:30 PM.


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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:59 PM

Thanks to all those who have offered advice.....I now know considerably more than when I started the topic!
Update.....
The school principal is confident about finding a Winx32 installation.....
I'm going to try the ReactOS on one of the units (there are six of them and I'll report in another topic when I have some results).....
What goes around comes around - I've been given yet another unit that's running Win'98 and I'm going to set this up for my grand-daughter (3y/o) to use when she's here.....you may soon find another topic about networking to my computer and its WinXP.

Would someone let me know if I now need to mark this topic as 'answered'.

Thanks again. Regards, ansell.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:26 AM

No need to mark it, Ansell...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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