PC will not boot

  old-timer 15:23 11 Jun 03
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I am looking at an old machine 'DAN' for a friend, and the PC will not boot up.

When switching on it does the memory test, then displays 'Press F1 for setup' followed by keyboard detected. If I press F! it says 'Entering Setup....please wait. At that point the machine just sits there.

There are no bleeps at start up, only the diskette drive makes a noise..There is no diskette present..

Any ideas would be appreciated..

  TechMad 15:27 11 Jun 03

What does the computer do if you don't press 'F1'?

  tintin1943 15:28 11 Jun 03

you will need a BOOT disk.
you will also have to enter the BIOS
( keep taping DEL)and detect the hard drive?

  old-timer 15:35 11 Jun 03

TECHMAD

If I dont mpress F!, the computer just sits there after 'Keyboard...detected.

Tintin1943

I have tried a boot disk, bit the diskette drive doesn't get as far as reading. Continuing pressinf 'F1' or 'delete' does nothing, except the keyboard buffer gets filled

  Jester2K II 15:39 11 Jun 03

Is the Hard Drive light coming on at all??

  old-timer 15:43 11 Jun 03

Jester2K II

The Hard disk light only comes on for a brief moment, when the computer is first powered up..

As there are no bleeps, it looks to me as if the motherboard is defunk.

  Barry-273472 16:39 11 Jun 03

A suggestion.

When did this happen. It might be a nasty virus.

W95 spaces does this on June 1st.

The virus modifies the MBR data area so that the first partition will point to itself. This prevents the system from booting.

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