I want to access the bios

  bigal1808 09:49 23 Jan 10

I've got an old compaq presario c300 that was playing up.
In an earlier post on the subject, I said I was going to fit a new motherboard.
Well, I've done that, and now I want to install the os.
So, I power up, and all the lights come on properly,which they didn't do before, and a plain blue screen - no POST screen - nothing.
So, has anybody got any ideas, or are all the parts going on E-bay?

  birdface 10:20 23 Jan 10

To enter the Bios it is usually.The Delete button or F1 or F2 as computer starts.

  bigal1808 10:37 23 Jan 10

buteman - thanks - I know, and I've tried them all - but I should get the POST screen first.
I've just tried taking the battery out for 10 minutes - no difference.

  OTT_B 11:02 23 Jan 10

Plain blue screen? Sounds like a corrupt BIOS chip.


  bigal1808 12:29 23 Jan 10

thanks - ott_b
wouldn't I get a new bios chip on the new mobo??

Did your motherboard come with a BIOS installed? Could you use the old chip or is it soldered in? Whos manufacture if the board (try their support!)?

  OTT_B 12:46 23 Jan 10

Yes, it would be a new chip, but I can't think of anything else but a fcorrupt BIOS that would cause a plain blue screen to appear as soon as it's switched on.

Others may have more ideas.

  bigal1808 13:31 23 Jan 10

I don't know if the mobo came with bios installed - maybe not!
How do I tell which chip is the bios chip?
I don't know who the manufacturer is -I could try taking it all apart again and looking at the board, or I'll look at the old board.

  OTT_B 13:38 23 Jan 10

The BIOS would have been installed on the mobo when delivered. The odds of it not being installed are pretty remote.

Should look something like this: click here

  retep888 13:48 23 Jan 10

But is the replacement motherboard "new" first?

  sunnystaines 13:52 23 Jan 10

you did not buy the board on ebay did you?

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