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2 laptops need repair, cannot go into bios settings need 2 change boot.. what now?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by dlg0187, Nov 21, 2007.

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  1. dlg0187

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    i opened up one of my customer's ibm laptop... the cmos battery is missing. i cannot go into bios settings. so booting from cd is out of the question, yes, i can boot from a series of floppy disks (old ibm with floppy drive) to start the xp install, (possibly) but there has to be another way.... which leads me to my second problem


    toshiba satelite notebook. if i try to get into the bios configuration, it freezes on me until i hit enter. it seems like its indicating a problem with my hard drive if i try to go into bios. but ih ave tried 3 other hdd. i still cant go into bios. again, i want to change boot settings to install windows.

    now, since i cant boot to xp with both these laptops, how am i gonna fix them?

    i know i cant hook up the hdd to my desktop and install windows via usb... i have a 2.5 to 3.5 hdd converter...can i install windows in the laptop hdd with my dekstop?

    or any other way to do it?
     
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    up.

    help
     
  3. ViprXX

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    I'd go buy replacement cmos batteries for both then try getting to bios. not sure if you mean that you found where the battery should be on the one but there just isn't one installed or you just can't find where it is on the mobo. some batteries in laptops might be hidden by a plastic case or similar. if you find where the batteries are then get replacement ones.

    good luck
     
  4. Dr. Chauncey

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    The BIOS won't save any settings without a CMOS battery. That's why your harddrives aren't recognized and that's why it freezes every time you try to save settings and exit.
     
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