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Old 12-31-2006, 09:44 PM   #1
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no access to bios

I have an ibm that i was upgrading and something very curious happened.I had just installed a memory upgrade and when i rebooted I got an error that says I have no OS.At the time I still had windows 2000 on the machine.
I have tried to re install the hardrive but the system bypasses the bios and go straight to the boot loader.The machine runs thru the normal bios bootup and then blinks and tells me I have no operating system and keeps pointing to A drive and telling me to hit f1.
I have tried various harddrives and the bios will not detect any of them.
This particuliar machine is a retread from a large company where i live and has always been assigned to a network and I do not have administrative privilages so I cannot access the bios.I know this is a Linux forum and this is going to become A linux machine if someone can tell me how to get around this problem so I can manually install a hard drive.
Old 12-31-2006, 11:32 PM   #2
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First thing I would do is go back to original memory configuration (with original HD).
Old 12-31-2006, 11:43 PM   #3
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If you have the ability to install a hard drive, you must have physical access to the machine itself, and if you have physical access to the machine, you can access BIOS simply by pressing a certain key during boot-up (typically it's something like F8 or Del or F12 but it can vary) During boot-up, you should see something like "Press [key] to enter Setup". Press whatever key it says.

Overall, it would be helpful to include more detailed info about your machine (make, model, etc). If things were working fine prior to the RAM upgrade, then my first guess is that the new RAM is incompatible with your mobo (eg, the RAM is faster than the mobo can handle) Have you tried putting the old RAM back in, to see if the problem goes away? If it does, then the new RAM is the issue - either it's defective, or it's incompatible with your mobo.

Also, be sure that you don't have a floppy in the floppy drive, and that your hard drives are jumpered correctly and installed correctly (meaning check both ends of the ribbon cable to make sure they are seated securely) Good luck with it
Old 01-01-2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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I have taken the new memory out and put the old memory back(which is all I did before I got the error message) and put the old memory back in//still got no os error.I checked the cables to make sure I had not pulled anything loose while changing the memory chip,then rebooted//still got error no os.
I changed hard drive to one I knew was working//still got error no os.
I pressed delete to get to bios the only screen I got was a choice about whether to boot from network then har drive or net work alone or hard drive alone.//rebooted//got error no os detected,please hit f1 this is an IBM 6648 workstation with windows 2000 pre-installed.
It is a net vista
P111 with 256 k installed memory,20 gig hardrive 1.4 gig processor

All it will do presently is boot the bios,post and then go straght to th error message no os detected and arrows pointing to th a drive.


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