machine won't start

Carsten Mattner carstenmattner at
Tue Jul 3 14:56:32 PDT 2012

On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM, Carsten Mattner
<carstenmattner at> wrote:
> 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.

The important question is if the disk would have been incompatible
in content even if I hadn't hard-resetted the machine while in the
installer. ?

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