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One of my older PC's recently stopped booting, and I was woundering how I would go about either fixing it or the best way to get my old data.

Whenever I power it up it only shows a quick memory count check and then stays on a black screen. I cannot seem to enter any commands via my key board (cannot get into configeration) nor do I hear any BIOS startup beeps. This PC is (was) running win98.

I assume my Harddrive is fine since if that was the case I would still be able to see the dos startup and it would notify me of a harddisk failure. I guess my option is to transfer this C drive over to another PC as a slave drive and copy my old data there (Unless anyone else can fix this boot issue)
 
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Welcome to the forum 3YE................:D

If this machine is around five years old the battery could be on the way out.
 

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Welcome aboard!

You can also try disconnecting each device one at a time (hard drive, cd-rom, expansion cards) and try booting to see if one of these is causing the problem.
 

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I attempted to first reset the CMOS just in case it was a corrupt BIOS, but that did not change anything.

I also noticed that after the memory check, it does not go to an actual black screen, but rather I saw the monitor indicator light turn off (green --> orange) as if it were still hooked up to a power source but not reciveing any information to display. The PC's power is still one and all lights are indicating Green.

Could this be a mother board battery issue?
 
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Well if it's got one of those round silver jobs (CR2032) they only cost a couple of bucks.
 
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