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Ok, for all I know of this is an interesting if not unique prob. I try to boot up my computer, that was recently transported a fair bit of distance(I moved form one city to another), and the hard drive doesnt want to boot, after the BIOS screen I get a message saying "Invalid Partition Table, Setup cannot continue." this spells bad. I cant acess the BIOS on that machine, my keyboard doesnt seem to want to respond. Any Ideas/Thoughts on how I could fix this?(too much space in my wallet not enough filler)
 

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Open it up, make sure ALL the cables and expansion cards are firmly seated, also check the RAM modules. The "moved a long distance" is the clue here. :)
 

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In addition to what Johnwill suggest, check to see if the CMOS battery has become dislodged. Also make sure the keyboard and mouse are not reversed. If all this fails, clear the CMOS by using the appropriate jumper on the motherboard or removing the battery for a few minutes.

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Everything is Firmly seated, I had it disassebled for transport, but I dont have my original Primary Master, all I have left is the slave. any ideas on how to format the drive without having to hook it up to a working computer?(I cant open the one im posting with)
And I have a usb mouse and a ps/2 keyboard how could I mix em up? :rolleyes:
 

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what brand is the hard drive? Many manufacturers will let you download a utility on their website that will low level format if wanted and sometimes do a regular format. Maxtor has some good stuff. You can make a regular bootdisc by going to http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm and they have a good selection for you for free with or withour cdrom drivers. Be sure to have at least one floppy available. With this disc you can run fdisk. If you have data you don't want to lose, try a partition copy program like ghost and copy to another drive.
 

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Try a new battery. I recently repaired a machine under much the same circumstances. It was moved from another city to here and the owner could not get it to boot and ( keyboard would not work). When I checked the voltage on the battery it was only about 1.6V. Replaced it with a new one and all was well.
 

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well, I'll see about a battery and i've made a whole set of boot disks so, if all else fails, i'll get a new computer, and make my current one into a new aged sculpture.
 

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What do you mean you don't have the primary master - did you take it out or is it not being detected? What version of Windows is on the drive? In the BIOS try to autodetect the drives - does it find everything correctly?

Also the tip about the keyboard connection is good. The mouse and keyboard can plug in the same port but will not work if not in the right one. The keyboard generally plugs into the port closest to the outside edge.
 

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I have two different connections for the keyboard an mouse, ps/2 and usb respectfully. And when I moved I physically lost my primary master hdd there should be win2k on the drive, just as a format. Bios detects all the drives that are plugged in. the problem is that even when I get past the bios data screen, I cant use the keyboard.
 

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I'd start with a bootable floppy and get the keyboard working, since you aren't going to make much progress if that doesn't work. Are you sure you don't have the keyboard plugged into the mouse PS/2 port?
 

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Well one says keyboard and the other says mouse, im sure I know which hole to shove things, and I cant even get the keyboard working with a boot disk (went to the site named abouve and made every boot disk possible)
 

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Well, if the keyboard works in the BIOS, but doesn't work when Windows boots, I'd say that something is corrupted in Windows. OTOH, if the keyboard stops working when booting from a floppy, or doesn't work in the BIOS, then I'd say you have a keyboard or motherboard problem.
 

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You got it. Keyboards are cheap, if you have a defective one, I'd just get another one.
 

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OK new keyboard, it was the keyboard, now, I formatted the hd, and then tried to install win2k, but when I load the disk partition select screen, I see two partitions, shouldnt formatting get rid of the partitions?
 

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Nope, formatting doesn't get rid of partitions. I'd first use the partition select to delete all the partitions and start fresh. Note that I'm assuming you have NO data you want to save on the drive. :)
 

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Well, I'll tell you one thing, my bud told me to use fdisk and remove all partition data on the drive, so I did, and that didnt work, but I figgured I'd try again, so I redid it, and created a new one(making it the whole drive) and then I formatted the hd and reinstalled Win2k, and guess what, Im posting with that computer as of this post, thanks for all your help :D
 
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