Gateway gt4022 Won’t Boot | Won’t Post | Dead Motherboard

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

The title says most all, the system would start to act as though it was powering up. The LED would come on for a second and the fans would start. The fans stayed on, but the LED went right back off and the system didn’t seem to POST, or show anything on the onboard video. [...]

Boot up freeze/sluggishness with ubuntu 6.06.1 install cd (on 64bit AMD hardware)

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

I thought I had written about this once before, but when I searched the site to find the solution I had come across before, I couldn’t find my post…. so, sorry if this is a duplication, but I’ve run into this on some AMD 64-bit based system boards. The most recent was based on the [...]

Booting from CD when a systems BIOS won’t let you

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Along the way on my permissions nightmare last night, I made matters worse by changing permissions on a fairly important file. In order to fix that I was going to need to reboot from a boot disk. The only problem was boot floppys typically don’t come with reiserfs support (only the boot cds I’ve found [...]

Flashing bios pain in the neck….

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

One of the “project machines” I’ve had that’s been retired from other service was to become a “storage server” this week. The twin 250GB drives had arrived and I was ready to setup a RAID1 array (mirroring essentially…) in software and use Ubuntu 6.06 as the base operating system. I had already wiped the other [...]

Recovering lost files

Monday, August 28th, 2006

There’s an article at that gives a good overview of using testdisk and PhotoRec. Testdisk should be able to recover at the partition level and PhotoRec should be able to just pull the files out of a damaged partition. Truth is Hard drives fail in a number of different ways and some of those [...]

BIOS based rootkits coming soon….

Friday, January 27th, 2006

There have been a couple stories out of the “Blackhat federal” conference in the last couple days. Brian Krebs at the Security Fix gives a good overview. One of the more troubling notes is the possibility of creating a rootkit that can hide itself in a systems BIOS. Security Focus has some detail on this [...]

BIOS Beep Codes

Friday, November 18th, 2005

One of the nice things about working on computers is that when it comes to the raw hardware of a system, the engineers have designed a way to communicate what’s wrong (even if it’s just a general idea) even when the hardware has a pretty serious problem. When a computer boots it goes through a [...]


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