Lost Bios

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My son has an old computer with Windows 311(Gateway with 386 processor) and he is trying to get it running for a friend.
The problem is that the computer has lost the "Bios".
He tells me he is going to check the battery first.
Beyond that,what would cause that to happen and are there some things he could try?
Many thanks.
 
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If it's been unplugged for a long time the battery could be weakened. It's good practice to let a machine run overnight if it's been off for months to let the battery charge a bit.
 

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Thanks gotrootdude......I'll pass along that good practical advice .
 

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Also, the battery shouldn't stop him from accessing the bios setup to set things manually (date/time/hard drives) to be able to start the computer up.
 
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I would check Gateway's site to see if you can find any info about the model you have. Maybe you need a special boot disk
I have worked on some old Compaqs (but not as old as your Gateway) that needed a special boot disk to get into the BIOS. That was because these old Compaq's have a special hidden utility partition that was used to access the BIOS, if the hard drive was formatted and fdisked that partition was gone so you then would need the boot disks
 

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Thanks for the good advice funkenbooty........I'll look into that.
Much appreciated.
 
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