A boot disk on CD requires an app to accomplish it. if you download an .iso image say, from online.
You can also get the boot CD prepared to work immediately. Difference being, the .iso must be "converted" to it's actual files ... .exe & others, to work. Those boot CDs arrange files to some extent, to allow for the sequential action(s) of the boot (or starting) process. The .iso image files are like that in that they will be "arranged" exactly right when burned to CD. Floppy boot disk(s) often contain less files, and simpler arrangement of them, since 1.44mb is the max size allowed.
I use Nero 6, to convert .iso images to actual files.
Honestly, i don't know which other application to recommend.
There are free ones, I think. I hope someone will help out ...
1. a battery-powered tiny "operating system" within the mobo's BIOS. It stores data like date/time to assist the BIOS in it's task(s) prior to booting windows, and can also exclude boot sequence if a password was set and forgotten, for instance.
2. your mobo manufacturer's manual will indicate where on the board this typically 3 pin connect is. Check website for such info if you lack the manual.
3. It may vary depending on mobo types, I use MSI, procedure is "with power off, pull jumper and restore it to original position".
4. It erases only a kb or so of total data, only specific as mentioned. Restoration of default settings is your goal with this.
Typically a msg stating something like "You are not allowed in BIOS" will appear if the password problem involving CMOS is the case, but it is possible another variable exists in this case which simply is preventing the proper boot into BIOS and then into the winOS.
Keep in mind part of the BIOS load (the first part) is called POST.
POST means PowerOnSelfTest. This is where & when the mobo determines if all connections needed are not improper. A disconnected power wire could easily prevent BIOS load based on an unsuccessful POST. Your (of sorts) vid card could be a bad match for some reason and making POST fail, resulting in no input, but if the BIOS screen appears, you are in BIOS. Documentation of problem(s) might appear to you there, and then, depending on your particular BIOS, but a POST failure might also simply prevent BIOS appearing, too.
These reasons are why it is necessary to understand the individual manufacturer's specs and recommendations exactly.
Edited by phawgg, 31 December 2005 - 12:58 PM.