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restore cds

by urbanhermit / April 23, 2008 8:59 PM PDT

I have an emachine 740 (about 8 years old?)running XP home and am trying to take it back to its out of the box state. I've tried re-booting with the restore cds it came with but nothing happens. It powers up but with a blank screen... Is there something else I can try or some other software I can use?

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Re: restore CD's
by Kees Bakker / April 23, 2008 9:07 PM PDT
In reply to: restore cds

Four questions:
1. Did you set the BIOS to boot from the CD?
2. What's on the hard disk at the moment?
3. Does it boot without CD?
4. Why are you going back?

Kees

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re: re: restore cds
by urbanhermit / April 23, 2008 9:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: restore CD's

Thanks for getting back so quickly!
Answers:
1. Did not set the BIOS (don't know how)
2. On the hard disk is everything from 8 years usage (some of which I can't seem to delete or uninstall)
3. It boots fine and everything is working (albeit slowly and with regards to the above)
4. Thought it might be a good way to 'clean it up' and start over with just the programs and applications I use on it. It's a second computer (I have a sony vaio laptop) and I only use it plugged in to my tv to brouse the internet from the sofa.

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Re: BIOS
by Kees Bakker / April 23, 2008 9:47 PM PDT
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The first thing you see when you boot is the BIOS. Usually, somewhere near the bottom there's a line like "Press del to enter setup". But just as well it could be that with you it's escape or F1 or F2 or F10 or another special key. If it's not on the screen, it should be mentioned somewhere in the documentation that came with the PC.
Then, somewhere inside the BIOS setup, there's an option to choose the boot devices and sequence. Usual devices are harddisk, floppy and CD. And to boot from the CD it has to be set to boot from CD first.

Still, if it boots differently with or without CD, it seems it boots from the CD. Then the problem is: is it correct it doesn't show you something recognizable (like "Press R to restore the PC back to factory conditions")? Or is something wrong with the CD? Or is something wrong with the drive? There's no recognised standaard for how a recovery CD should behave. If you don't have a manual that tells you what SHOULD happen, it's impossible to know.

Maybe find another PC to test the CD? Set that one to boot from the CD and see what happens.


Kees

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bios + restore
by urbanhermit / April 23, 2008 11:32 PM PDT
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Thanks so much for your help btw...

The cds are fresh first time out of their box... the cd drive reads and writes (music, photos, movies all fine)... nothing is displayed anywhere at start up to access bios (i've tried esc, all the F-numbers, a few choice words etc)... And i haven't got a clue where my documentation is. I've moved house 5 times since i bought it! I can't even seem to find any downloadable manuals for this model either. The name 'emachines' was bought by the current manufacturer Gateway computers.
meh
thank you though! I'll keep trying.
B

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solution!!!
by urbanhermit / April 24, 2008 12:20 AM PDT
In reply to: bios + restore

Thank you for your time and effort!

I have, after, oh say 5 hours of working on it, decided to unplug the pc from my lcd telly and plug it into my old crt monitor and behold! Up comes the restore screen when I boot with the disk in. Looks like the tv wasn't recognising the signal.

Thanks again. I feel like a dolt, but there you go...

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Keep in mind
by Willy / April 24, 2008 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: solution!!!

Not to belittle you but in the future state the system as it was used and/or componets. I read the 1st post and that would have resolved getting a quicker answer, though you got the right answer but couldn't be applied as your LCD was being used. It helps to lessen the back&forth of posts to get to the real problem and not tackle so-called cockpit issues. Shoot, it happens but now you're be learned.

adios -----Willy Happy

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doh!
by urbanhermit / April 24, 2008 3:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Keep in mind

thanks willy... ref the above.

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(NT) Good job. Thanks for letting us know.
by Kees Bakker / April 24, 2008 5:03 AM PDT
In reply to: solution!!!
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