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Compuiter Helps - Boot Disk

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  • John L. Mikeska
    Hi TexasCzechs, Sir John is putting on his Professor s robe today and giving a few hints on what to do in case your computer will not Boot-Up . IF you feel
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2001
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      Hi TexasCzechs,
      Sir John is putting on his Professor's robe today and giving a few hints on what to do in case your computer will not 'Boot-Up'. IF you feel comfortable of having knowledge of what to do in such cases, you can pass to the next posting.  This will be for members that want to know but don't know what to do or even ask what to do.  Seriously...
      Boot-Up:  This is a strange terminology to many people new to computers.  'Boot Up' is the term meaning 'turn on the computer'.  Many things occur when the power switch is turned on.  You hear buzzes, beeps, whirring, lights flickering, monitor having terminology scroll across it, and finally the famous Microsoft flag waving, if everything is in good shape.  A lot of activity goes on the first minute the power switch is turned on and if all voltages are correct,  the t's crossed, i's dotted and the warrantee hasn't expired, the system starts.  But, that's another story.  The beep(s) tell a repairman much about what is wrong with a computer is it does not start.
      What does boot-disk have to do with boot-up?  If you have not experienced your computer freezing up during boot-up, just wait.  It will, sooner or later.  Just happens!  Most of the time you can push the reset button and let the computer try booting again.  If you've ever heard someone say "Do a warm-boot".  You just did it.  You do not turn the power off, the hard drive does not stop spinning - just cutting the electricity to the BI/OS. (Don't worry what the BI/OS is now - but you do have one!) If the computer does not complete it's cycle and brings up the Windows program.  Might get a little excited, but don't scream yet.
      Do a 'cold-boot' after couple warm-boots and they do not work.  A cold-boot is turning the power switch off and waiting 10 to 20 seconds before turning the switch back on .  I've always read to wait 20 seconds until few weeks ago, and I will still wait that long, if needed.  Purpose of the cold boot is to remove all power from the machine and if the problems is something minor, the cold boot will remove it.  Why wait 20 seconds?  Computer hard drive manufactures state turning the power switch back on BEFORE the hard drive stops spinning causes more wear on the hard drive than anything else.  They refer it to a 'shock'.  With the newer hard drive spinning at 7,200 RPM (revolutions per minute), I wait the full 20 seconds!  The cold boot normally will fix the problem, be it booting up, modem not connecting (working properly) or other 'quirks'.
      Now, if it won't start up, you may need to use a Boot Disk or Start Up disk.  A message will usually be displayed on the monitor stating improper operating system, or operating system not fund, use the Start Up disk.  I KNOW everyone has made a startup disk, or has one that came with your computer if purchased from a retail dealer.  If not, let's make one, and those who do have a start up disk, don't go away yet!
      MAKING A BOOT-DISK:  Put a blank floppy in the A drive.  From the Desktop, which is the screen on monitor when Windows finishes booting up, click on Start, move your cursor up to Settings.  Another menu opens to the right when your cursor is on Settings.  Move the cursor and click on Control Panel. The Control Panel opens up and on the top row of icons, third from the left, is Add/Remove Programs.  Click on Add/Remove Programs and a new menu appears again.  (See, you are getting your hard earned moneys worth after all!)  Note across the top are three tabs, with the right tab titled Make Startup Disk.  Click on it and follow directions to make the Startup Disk or Boot-up Disk. This sounds like a lot of things to do, but just you can do it. I am enclosing a picture of the Start-up disk tab at end of this message, in case it may be confusing
      Label the Boot Disk just that - Boot Disk.  I'd suggest you label it whatever your operating system is - Win 95, 98 First addition, second addition, or whatever.  Some operating systems require the boot disk be of the same operating system.  And Put the disk where you will remember where you put it!!!!  When and if you need it, trying to recall where it was placed can add to the anxiety!  Trust me, I know!
      Make the Boot Disk write protected.  This is accomplished by sliding the tab, on left reverse side of the disk, so that the square hole is uncovered.  This prevents anything being written to the disk, such as a virus lurking on the hard drive!!!!!
      Now, do not take it for granted this Start-up Disk will work until you try it. A member found his boot-up disk that was furnished with his computer purchase 4 years ago did not work recently.  To test the disk, turn the computer off.  Place the boot disk in the A drive and turn the power on.  Boot up will take longer than usual, but if everything is working correctly, the computer will boot up showing the A:\ prompt.  That is the indication it works!  You are in DOS at this point - most people say they do not know how to use DOS.  Fist lesson!  No extra charge!  type DIR and list of files on the boot disk shows up.  Good. 
      Now, type C: and you should see the C:\ prompt.  Type Win and windows will start up and go about your business and feel proud you are protected.!!!
      Sir John, Earl of Berkshire
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