machine won't start

Carsten Mattner carstenmattner at
Tue Jul 3 14:55:01 PDT 2012

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:30 PM, Sascha Wildner <saw at> wrote:
> On Tue, 03 Jul 2012 23:15:47 +0200, Carsten Mattner
> <carstenmattner at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I tried to install dfly 3.0.2 on an old amd64 box.
>> When setup was in the configuration phase it didn't allow setting
>> passwords with : or other characters.
>> At that point I hit hard (cold) reset and since that time the machine
>> won't leave the BIOS startup phase (POST?).
>> Took out the CMOS battery for a minute to no avail. Anything else I
>> should try? Is it possible that the ROM or CPU has been damaged by
>> the installer? I can't even get into the BIOS via DEL.
>> I'll take out the CMOS battery overnight and try tomorrow.
>> Thanks for any help.
> It sounds like

Pulled out the hdd, put the battery back, started.
First the 4 POST LEDs looked like this
After loading default settings in the BIOS and doing some changes
and saving all of it and restarting all LEDs went green.

Thanks Sascha.

Now I only need to find a way get the HDD content repaired.
Suggestions? Can I use the same machine? I suppose
I'll have to buy or find a USB adapter to connext the 3.5" SATA disk?

This is the first time I saw a BIOS hang caused by harddisk content.

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