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Re: [vox] Dead Computer



Loose cable maybe???  If not, bad motherboard/BIOS/IDE-controller.

-Mark


On Tue, 28 Dec 2004, Richard S. Crawford wrote:

> I have an ancient P-II 350MHz PC (192 MB RAM and 6GB HD) which I inherited
> from a friend of mine.  It had an old installation of Win98 on it, and I was
> planning on fixing that and installing Debian on it.  It was set to boot from
> the hard disk, though, so I entered Setup and changed the boot sequence to
> boot from the CD-ROM and stuck the Debian disk in.  Unfortunately, it did not
> boot: instead it gave me an error telling me about invalid boot media.  And
> now I believe I have killed the boot loader or something, because if I set
> the device to boot from either the hard drive or the CD-ROM, I get the same
> error.  I set it to floppy and used Tom's Root Boot to fdisk the hard drive,
> hoping to flag the hda1 partition as bootable, and then go from there, but
> that didn't work out either.
>
> The CD drive is actually a DVD/CD drive, but I do not have the installation
> disk that came with it.
>
> So.  What to do?  I'm thinking about just dumping this computer on someone
> else, because it doesn't meet any of my own needs and I'm hesitant to spend a
> lot of time on it.  I figure it would make a dandy router or firewall,
> though, if someone wanted to take the time to fix up the boot sequence.
>
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