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Can't set BIOS
freedomland May-07-02 03:37 PM
I have this problem in shcool. In our computer lab, they have old NEC windows 95 computers, and for you to enter the setup, you have to press alt+ctrl+enter at startup. But now there's the problem, it's different from the setup that I go into at startup for my comptuer. There isn't the catagory "BIOS" in there and there are only two pages of it. So do you know a way to set the BIOS feature so that you can setup to have the order of "C:only" sothat it doesn't display the message "invalid system disk, replace the disk and press any key". Because in my computer, whenever that message appears, I know that I have to setup my BIOS features to go to C: only and it works. If I don't do this, my computer wouldn't be able to startup, no even if I use a startup disk. So is there a way to fix it so it goes "C: only" and not "A:, Hard drive" in the computers in our school?

1. RE: Can't set BIOS
Twinhead May-07-02 04:59 PM
In response to message 0
As far i can tell you, the "BIOS" in the computer you discribes is not capable to support the featue of booting from C only.
If there were only two pages, it seems rather obsolete to me.
Try to disable the entire A: drive if you do not use it at all.

(Disconnect it totally if even that is impossible.)


2. RE: Can't set BIOS
freedomland May-07-02 05:38 PM
In response to message 1
The computer is school property and we cannot do physical open it, besides, everthing is bolted down with the console. But I think there is a way to do it. It is probably some other person that did this, but I just don't know how, the other computers work just fine and load directly to the C drive.

3. RE: Can't set BIOS
DJ Net2Infinity May-07-02 05:57 PM
In response to message 2
Or the CMOS battery could be dead

4. RE: Can't set BIOS
freedomland May-07-02 09:37 PM
In response to message 3
LAST EDITED ON May-07-02 AT 09:39 PM (EST)
No it can't be, in any event this could only happen if someone set to go with the A drive first (before C:). So there must be a way to fix it, but since it is different from the setup of my computer, and has only two pages, I am not able to configure it. I've tried everything I could, but I just can't enter the section called BIOS in there, there just isn't the choice.

5. RE: Can't set BIOS
DJ Net2Infinity May-07-02 09:57 PM
In response to message 4
If its set to A first, if there is no disk in A it will boot off C .. so whats the problem?

6. RE: Can't set BIOS
lbyard May-08-02 11:14 AM
In response to message 5
The BIOS is typical of a computer of that vintage. Back then most of them did not have the ability to change the boot drive order. However, all of them (guess I should say most of them) had/have the capability to set the type of floppy drive to "None." Larry

7. RE: Can't set BIOS
freedomland May-08-02 03:47 PM
In response to message 6
I'm not sure about this, but even if there is no floppy in the drive, it still doesn't boot from the hard drive. It only says "Invalid system disk, replace the disk and press a key". But when I put a startup disk in the A: drive and boot it up, there are three options, either to start with CD-rom support, w/o CD-rom support, or view the read-me file. If I choose the first choice, which is to boot with Cd-rom support, it'd boot from the floppy. But if I choose to start without Cd rom support, it still ends up in DOS mode with the A:>. This is the same thing that happened to my computer when I was in the process of formating my computer. But I fixed the problem when changing the order of drives to C: only.

8. RE: Can't set BIOS
lbyard May-08-02 04:21 PM
In response to message 7
http://duxcw.com/faq/win/nosys.htm. Larry

9. RE: Can't set BIOS
freedomland May-08-02 09:03 PM
In response to message 8
And so how would I be able to solve the problem?

10. RE: Can't set BIOS
DJ Net2Infinity May-08-02 09:24 PM
In response to message 9
Throw the piece of crap out and get a new one ??!?!?!

11. RE: Can't set BIOS
lbyard May-08-02 10:51 PM
In response to message 10
Well, that is statement is a bit strong, but I couldn't say it better.

Assuming the hard disk is OK, get a Windows 95 boot floppy and SYS the drive with:

a:\>sys c:


12. RE: Can't set BIOS
freedomland May-09-02 03:15 PM
In response to message 11
Well unfortunately the computer is school property and I cannot take any action on it.

What do you mean by "sys" the drive?

13. RE: Can't set BIOS
lbyard May-09-02 03:43 PM
In response to message 12
Open a DOS window and type:

C:\>sys /?

Of course you want to do it from a win 95 boot floppy. Larry

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