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    I am running an intel DG945GCLF and xp pro sp3.

    I had a working system until this morning. When I went to boot, windows wouldn't load. I tried safe mode and last config that worked several times. Neither would get me into windows.

    When I got home from work, I grabbed my xp install disk with the intention of using it to repair the install, or if that didn't work, reinstall a fresh copy. However, I loaded the cd into the usb cd rom drive and started the pc. The post screen flashes then goes black. On the bottom right hand corner of the screen is 94. I waited several minutes as the cd spun but nothing happens. The number 94 stays on the bottom right and I never get an option to boot from cd.

    I checked the boot sequence and cd is first.

    I removed the cd from the drive and it tries to boot again but it never gets into windows.

    I don't know what is causing this 94 issue. I used this dvd drive to install xp originally...

    Any thought about this guys? I would hate to have to tear apart my dash again to get at the pc.
    I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

  • #2
    Can you get into the Cmos on this computer?

    I suspect a bad hard drive or a loose card.

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    • #3
      The bios postcode: 94 is related to keyboard (Clearing keyboard input buffer). Try disconnecting all usb devices and see if anything changes. You may need to reset bios to default settings and see if computer boots.
      Last edited by os12tr; 04-26-2013, 02:14 AM.

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      • #4
        Thanks for your replies.

        I haven't tried entering Cmos yet. I will try that today and see what happens.

        I will also try disconnecting all the usb devices. Would it make a difference if I told you I don't have a usb keyboard on this pc? I use a ps2 keyboard.

        I did already try to reset the bios to defaults but that didn't change anything.
        I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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        • #5
          Well I removed the pc from the dash. I pulled all the usb, reseated the memory, checked all connections, removed the cmos battery for 10 minutes. When I tried another reboot, I am getting an E9 error now.
          I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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          • #6
            In the bios change your setting for all errors but keyboard and also are you giving it enough time to boot. Sometimes those boards take awhile when reset to factory settings. Just a thought SNO

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            • #7
              Thank you for your response. Before I took it out of the dash, I left it on with the xp cd in for 20 min and I still had the 94 message. I only left the pc on for a few seconds after reinstall of the cmos battery. I'll try it for longer after work today.
              I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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              • #8
                Simply removing the CMOS battery will NOT clear the cmos. It has capacitors on the board to allow you to change the battery and not loose settings. You need to short across the contacts in the battery socket. Make sure you have your machine totally unplugged from any power source when you do this however.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the tip. I think I may have done that by accident. I put the battery in backwards. Now the date and time are off by 5 years.
                  After that, it tried to boot and I got the message about a disc needed to be checked. After it ran its course, windows didn't boot. I plugged the dvd rom back in with the xp disc in and got the 94 error code again. I let it run for 20 minutes of so and it didn't change. The dvd light flashes and you can hear it spin.
                  I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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                  • #10
                    Well, after repeated failures, I finely took out the hd and reinstalled a previously made ghost image. Everything is working again. Now I just need to remember all of the changes that I have made since creating the image
                    I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        Good point there. I was using an old laptop hard drive for several years. I just upgraded to a bigger ssd. This time, I am blaming myself for the error. I am sure it was something I did
                        I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet .

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