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About the no OS screen (with floppy image)

By Tryin...
Jun 8, 2008
  1. Ok,now I have a XP disc.So thats settled.However now my Disc drives wont open to insert the disc.I have checked cables an they are right.So heres what I dont get.How do I put XP in if the damn disc drive wont open?


    Any help appreciated thx.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    There is a small hole in the front of the CD/DVD Drive
    Using a paper clip, unbend it, and then push it into the hole
    This will push the gear to open the drive (possibly best to do whilst the computer is off, although there isn't any safety hazard, it's just that the door may go back in !)
     
  3. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Hmm,i'll try this man thx
     
  4. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    1 quick thing,do I close it back the same way?
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    No.

    But I was thinking (after I posted!)
    Is there any power to the drive? You'll know this by pushing the button to close the door, or by checking My Computer for your CD

    Actually if you go to My Computer, and then right click on your CD Drive, you can also eject from there too (no paper clip required)
     
  6. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Uh..that right there is impossible mate.It doesnt go past the "Please insert OS screen"
    I dont hav pic but i'll try to describe it.Piture of a floppy disc,basically tellin me to put disc in.All in black so I assume thats the Boot up screen.Also I find this weird that my drive's dont even flash when I turn on pc.Even more the PC makes a few clicking sounds at boot 2.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Sounds like either the CD Drive requires replacing or the Hard Drive or both !

    You may need to check the internal data and power cables (by reseating them, and checking for breaks/cuts in the cables)
    But it definately requires hardware specialist repair
     
  8. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Well,now this is odd...I hav'nt been by it for 3-5months,but the drives arent even flashing when I power on pc..uh oh -_-.I know they work tho,just had em in a different PC.
     
  9. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    So I wouldnt be able to Seat/fix this myself? Not very computer savy,but with guides I do ok. thx for all the help
    btw



    BTW,big EDiT.They aren't clicking,my mistake.More like the PC beeps alot.Because I know clicking means faulty drive.
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    You know that "floppy image" part of your title, what's that all about?
    Because a faulty floppy drive or data cable can bring down a computer
    Also you don't need a floppy image for Windows, just the CD
     
  11. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    k,its a picture (all in black ) with a floppy disc drive image.Showing me putting it in .
    Says"please insert OS"(something along those lines.And I cant insert because drive wont flash on or open.Since making this topic i went an checked all plugs still no luck.
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Can't think which computer bios has this picture (don't worry about that)
    But what is the make of this computer? (Dell; Hp; Acer ??)
    And model number?
    Is this a laptop or PC
     
  13. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Alright good News! fixed cords all up both,flash=).however that beepiong isnt going away...and its PC-IBM I believe.
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  15. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Indeed,most likely 99-2000 id say.lol
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Oh Ok

    Well we have finally found the problem :)

    Please update your computer to a version that can support Windows Xp and boot from CD (which it probably doesn't have)

    By the way, your computer may have vintage value (for the hardware)
    Some of these parts are actually in demand for some antique dealers.

    This thread can be closed

    Confirmed later on that computer specs are better than first thought !
     
  17. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    1 last thing.How do I update computer?.Also I find that weird because b4 all the virus an crap it ran on XP.And worked fine
     
  18. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Actually it is possible
    But you need the 6 MS floppy disks and there's always the Ram issue and CPU very slow (possibly 166Mhz)
    You know what I remember that floppy pic image (asking for the floppy)
    They were the good days!

    Regarding updating computer, it all depends on how much money you want to spend (and also what country you're in (ie all dollars aren't the same)

    You could visit your local computer shop (or large retailer)
    Or put another thread, asking for advice on what to buy (including Windows Xp or Vista)

    Anyway, I wasn't being sarcastic before, that computer could be worth some money. Basically it's either $1 or a few hundred if it's sort after. Please put it on eBay as is. (start with say $1 and $50 shipping they're very heavy)
     
  19. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    I have a update: i have checked ram made a few beepings go way lol.Down to two whitch dont even come until abut 1min after boot.I spent over $1000 ez,on mods and upgrades for this pC.I eventualy just gave up.Then I looked around and found a way to fix it an here we are!.Basically I'll probably be pretty pissed off if I make 100 on it..This is USD btw.


    Edit: I can give you a few of the specs:if I rem. corrctly..

    1Gb Ram 2.8 mgz.
    Hd like 6o gb I think.

    Again thanks for all the help man.I'll get it working I hope..
     
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Well a 2.8GHz
    60 Gig HDD
    1 Gig of Ram

    Will easily take Xp

    But a 99/2000 IBM-PC with that floppy image sounds like it's actually old :confused:

    Anyway, the CMOS does that have Cdrom boot support (as the first bootable drive)
     
  21. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Well,heres basically how it goes. PC goes on,Goes to IBM sreen(whitch I was wrong about seems it was 1997-2001.Anyway it continues past that.gets to this thing called remote something(lol).Starts it ....says PXE,error media failed.I already know this harddrive was a piece of ****.I thought though that if I reformatted(whitch I did,but it would freeze at 90%.Then after the fromat it would start tat No OS screen thing.Is it possible that my HD cant be saved?


    Edit: Your Q: From what I rem yes it does.But I cant even get into Bios -_-

    Edit: 2..Is this even worth saving..I'm tired of this -_-.Maybe I will ebay it,although I never did ebay for something big before.
     
  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    PXE boot rom can be disabled in bios

    It could still be saved, but I am unsure what the beep code was that you were having.

    Also I'm more concerned that this thread may go on and on.
    Is there anyone with more technical expertise that could have a look at your computer. (note: just about any kid above 12 will do!)

    Yes you can, you just need the correct key to press
     
  23. Tryin...

    Tryin... TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Ok.then close it its cool.I'll figure it out I guess.Thanks man
     
  24. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Actually I don't have the power to close it
    But it'll probably stay open anyway!
     
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