How to configure CMOS?


My computer is getting stuck on a blank black screen and it is saying please enter disk and hit any key. it is not even bootong windows up. I have unplugged it and turned it off and nothing has worked.



This question was answered on October 20, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When you start your computer, the basic input/output system (BIOS) checks (among other

things) the system-specific settings that are stored in the complementary metal-oxide

semiconductor (CMOS) chip You can modify these settings as the system changes

To change the CMOS settings, you must enter CMOS Setup by pressing a specific key or a

combination of keys during the initial startup sequence For example, press DEL or

CTRL ALT ESC during the startup (The specific key combination that you press is

typically indicated during startup as "Press <keyname> to enter Setup")

After you have entered Setup, windows that display various options and settings appear

Some of these options are standard, while others are specific to the BIOS manufacturer.

Checked if the BOIS reports that the hard drive is present

If not follow this simple steps ( I dont recommend trying this if you do not have prior or basic knowledge in computer hardware)

1 Turn off your computer.

2 Open the case of your CPU.

3 Check the power and the ribbon cable on your hard drive if they are properly


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Posted by gilbert of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 20, 2004