2nd hand lap top will not fire up?

  BJA 19:29 23 Jan 2003
  BJA 19:29 23 Jan 2003

My sister has been given a lap top off my brother. he reckons he left it all as it was ie: with Window 95 and office. When she tries to fire it up it goes through the diagnostics etc but stops at:-

working floppy information invalid.
to enter system, enter system configuration.

She has tried to press a combination of CTRL, ALt & Shift but it is has dead as a dodo and will not budge any further. My bother has said all he did was swipe off all his sensitive inforamtion and nothing else? What to do?? Help

  graham 19:56 23 Jan 2003

Is there a disk in the floppy drive?

  BJA 20:08 23 Jan 2003

No there is nothing in the drive???

  graham 20:23 23 Jan 2003

There should be a reset button, sharp object required, near the on button.Try that with the laptop turned on. Otherwise, take the battery out for a while and try again. Or, on start-up keep pressing F2, or F8, or delete (it varies) to enter safe mode. You mention ctrl alt shift, have you tried ctrl alt delete?

  fitshase 00:26 24 Jan 2003

(1) create a startup disk on a computer that works (and has Windows 95 installed - control panel\add programs\create startup disk)

insert the disk into the laptop and fire it up.

If that doesn't work:

(2) enter the BIOS - by pressing DEL/F2/F8 (depending on what it says on the screen) on the diagnostics screen. Select something along the lines of Load Default. Exit and save settings.

If that doesn't work:

(3) WITH EXTREME CAUTION - consult the manual and see where the CMOS battery is. Remove it, leave it for a few hours (normally overnight) and then put it back in. Fire it up.

Anyone else with any suggestions?



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