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#1 ICE334

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 09:21 PM

Whats up..havent posted in a while. Still kind of new here. Ok, I recieved a Gateway M-2624u about 2 months ago to fix for my dad's coworker..long story short..i wasnt able to fix it and she was nice enough to let me have it. So ive been trying to figure out since then whats wrong with it. Im Still learning about PCs so bare with me. Heres its the behavior:

- - When Windows Vista CD is Inserted, it Boots perfectly to windows and functions great! NOW when i take out the CD..I Press the power button..PC begins to boot up...Gateway Logo shows up..and it goes to this screen (Yes..Harrdrive is good)
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- Next i went into the setup and disabled the "Network boot" option, also fixed the date and time, Saved changes and started to reboot , Fans and lights came on ( Wifi Led,Caps Led,Num Lock led, the only two that didnt come on were the HDD Led and CD Led) and nothing showed on the screen (Blank)(Does this everytime i make changes in the setup).

- Next i took out the CMOS Battery and laptop Battery for about 10 min. , Reinserted them and powered back up, Gateway Logo showed then i get this Screen (Does this everytime i remove them and reinsert them):

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After i press f1 to continue , it then goes back to the first Screen (Picture #1).

Note: Ive Bought CMOS Batteries from online ( New and Used)..Still get this screen...i even reinstalled the bios (Same version/Overwritten)

PS: The Laptop only boots perfectly when the Windows Vista CD is inside the CDDrive..

Any help is very appreciated..hope i didnt complicate things..thanks!

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:16 PM

I would say off hand, that the BIOS chips is likely toast, with a slight possibility of it just being the hard drive. Have you tried swapping out the hard drive with another, or putting it in another computer and seeing if it will boot? Its worth a try, but if I were a betting man I would say its the BIOS chip-which would mean the motherboard is basically toast unless you feel like finding and sodering in a new bios chip, or paying someone else to do it.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:54 PM

Ok The first screen is

Operating system not found Operating system cannot be located on either A: or C:. Enter Setup and see if fixed disk and drive A: are properly identified.

Do you have floopy drive inside the laptop or pc

Disable Floppy drive from the boot order

Make the hard drive first boot-able device.

Try to disable Floppy drive first see if that helps that all you can do. my recommendation is replace the computer. To Me its not worth fixing if the BIOS chip is fry. If its a motherboard on a desktop than it would be replace the motherboard. I am sorry

Here are the BIOS codes http://www.bioscentral.com/postcodes/phoenixbios.htm#

Does the BIOS see the HD

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:49 AM

A failing CMOS battery...needs to be replaced, not merely taken out for a few minutes.

The screens you posted result from the CMOS settings reverting to a network boot (due to the battery) to what they were at the factory. Happens all the time when the CMOS battery needs replacing, you can google the error message and confirm this.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:50 AM

A failing CMOS battery...needs to be replaced, not merely taken out for a few minutes.

The screens you posted result from the CMOS settings reverting to a network boot (due to the battery) to what they were at the factory. Happens all the time when the CMOS battery needs replacing, you can google the error message and confirm this.

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I believe he did replace the CMOS

Note: Ive Bought CMOS Batteries from online ( New and Used)..Still get this screen...i even reinstalled the bios (Same version/Overwritten)

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:34 PM

My 2cents

Since it has a Toshiba hard drive go to here.
http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/
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Run the seatools and if the drive passes, then you need to reload windows. That error appears when the BIOS can not find a bootable drive usually. Check Boot Order in the BIOS first.

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