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So I found this really old HP tower in my aunt's basement and I want to use it for nostalgic reasons. It runs Windows 95 and has an 8GB hard drive. However, when I turn it on, it says this:

PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0.8

Copyright 1985-1997 

 

Copyright 1997 by Hewlett Packard, Inc

      Rev.  1.06.00

CPU= Pentium II 300MHz 

0640K System RAM Passed

0047M Extended RAM Passed

0512K Cashe SRAM Passed

System BIOS Shadowed

Video BIOS Shadowed

UMB upper limit segment address: F19F

ATAPI CD-ROM: HITACHI GD-2000

ERROR

0271: Check date and time settings

ERROR

0211: Keyboard error 

 

Press <F1> to Setup,  <F2> to Resume

 

There is 1 ps-2 port for a keyboard and 1 ps-2 port for a mouse. There are also 2 USB ports on the back and none on the front. I have tried both a ps-2 keyboard and a USB keyboard but it gives an error with both. I also tried unplugging the power cord and pressing the power button to get rid of static but that didn't work either. I need a keyboard to be able to press F1 or F2, so what should I do here? 

 

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Dean
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Keyboard error on boot

> CPU= Pentium II 300MHz 

 

10% of today's "average" CPU.  :generic:

 

> 0640K System RAM Passed / 0047M Extended RAM Passed

 

48MB of RAM.  Quite a lot, for its "vintage".

 

> ATAPI CD-ROM: HITACHI GD-2000

 

> ERROR -- 0271: Check date and time settings

 

The battery on the motherboard probably has died.

It's about the size of a $0.25 US coin, and is silver-coloured.

For about $2, replace it -- the part-number is engraved on the surface.

This may help.

 

Be sure to plug-in the PS/2 keyboard BEFORE you power-on the computer.

Be sure to plug-in the PS/2 keyboard to the "keyboard" port, not the "mouse" port.

Sometimes, the keyboard port is PURPLE, while the mouse port is GREEN.

 

But, it's still possible that the motherboard circuitry that controls the PS/2 ports has become defective.  Sigh.

 

 

 

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