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  Going into Limbo 
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Mark Straka Apr 19, 2012, 01:46pm EDT Report Abuse
I have a relatively older desktop running Win XP that I have used intermittently for about ten years. A week ago I had it on and it updated itself to service pack 3. today I turned it on and it showed the windows splash screen for about twenty seconds while booting up then the monitor went into off mode while the machine continued sounding normal. Nothing I did could restore response or output. I had to cut power mains to shut down. I looked inside but there are no loose connections. I'm lost.

** I've got 40 views but no replies. When this computer boots up about halfway, all output stops and the monitor goes into "off mode" though the machine continues running. also seeing the error message no drive connected to fastrack bios not installed which I don't remember ever seeing before. I don't even know what hardware specs might be relevant, yet, but i've got the box open for inspection for obviously loose parts or disconnections none of which I could find. I took out the seagate ST340810A 40 GB hard drive and accessed it using a kingwin "ez-connect" adapter via usb on my toshiba laptop and it's fine.

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Reason Apr 20, 2012, 12:08am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Going into Limbo
Try replacing the little "coin" battery on the motherboard. Sounds like it may have died and your BIOS settings aren't being retained. You'll need to access your BIOS again once it's replaced and tell it to boot from that hard drive.

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Dr. Peaceful Apr 20, 2012, 12:12pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Going into Limbo
You can find the Fast Track Bios not found problem all over the net. Here is one thread from our own forum here regarding the problem and solution.

Fast Track is a version of the Promise RAID controller, that was popular way back then in many mobo's. Most sources point out that there is a setting in the system Bios to disable the controller.

Same time, it may also be the case Reason point out above, that the CMOS battery had went out of power. When that happens, the Bios may reset itself to default and hence have the Fast Track option enabled once again. There's no harm to just replace the battery. You should do that, then go into Bios to disable the Fast Track option. Replace you drive and see if it would boot up normally as before.

If it still not booting up, then it may be some other problems. It's a little strange that you mentioned Windows boot up half way, before it crashes. But, try the above first, before we speculate any further.

Mark Straka Apr 20, 2012, 08:22pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Going into Limbo
Got it! and many thanks. I was drawing a big blank on this one. You've given me something to try.



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