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    What to do with an old computer

    OK. I got given a computer to fix at the weekend. It wasn't till I got home and powered up the beast (Packard Bell) that I found it to be a 486 DX2 66 !

    To make things worse it has a bios password that I wasn't told and when it boots it comes up with the error
    *Diskette Drive B error. Autotyping adaptor 0 Master....OK*

    Now I've tried taking the IDE cables off the HD and CDROM to try and isolate the problem, but the same error appears....so I don't know what else I can do to solve the problem.

    Does anyone have any ideas how I can go about getting this doorstop to boot up?

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    • Platinum's system
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    Literaly boot it up and boot it into the bin? J/k, Daft question but does clearing the bios help?
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    HAHA!
    Success.
    Or maybe not ! ;(
    Data error reading drive C suggests....that the 170 meg disk is corrupted?

    Right I am gonna go find myself a boot disk !

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      • 256gb Samsung SP941, 1tb MX500 Crucial SSD, 240gb Intel 730 SSD
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    Doh, different cable?
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    Check the mobo, esp if you have the manual. You should find there's a little jumper near the CMOS battery to clear the CMOS and remove any BIOS password. Typically simply switch off PC, put jumper to 2-3 instead of (1-2), wait a few secs and then put it back in the original position before pressing on. You can also take the battery out for 10secs or so which should do the same. Proceed at your own risk though.

    From what you're reporting it's expecting to find a second floppy drive (B and expects the main HD (C to be 170GB.

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    clear cmos, format C: drive

    Then you can use it as a router(need 2 NIC's), firewall or something. I think there's a linux distr. that you can turn it into a router with just floppy, I think.

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    we're chucking away better computers than that at work. (mainly broken) but seriously - you can buy pentium class base units off ebay for about £10. (plus £10 postage) - so you may as well do that if the people want back a working pc...

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