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Thread: How to see POST test chart on boot up

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    Hi Guys,

    When I boot up and my machine goes through its POST test I would like to be able to stop the screen so I can read what it says, especially the grid style chart that shows all the RAM, and drives etc.

    Way back in DOS I used to be able to insert a Pause command in my Autoexec and Config.sys files.

    Can I do this now on my XP machine ?

    regards

    Digby
    NZ

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    Virtualbody1234's Avatar Forum Star BT Rep: +2
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    Press the pause key on your keyboard.

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    Chewie's Avatar Chew E. Bakke
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    ...then hit any key to continue.
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    Thanks guys,

    But you have to be really quick, and if you miss it you only get half of the chart. And I find that I have to re-boot and re-boot and it takes ages and I still have not been able to do it ! What I am really looking for is a foolprooof way of stoppping it like the old pause command in dos's autoexec.bat.

    Regards

    Digby

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    Well it depends... Some motherboards will stop and display that screen if you remove all boot devices in the BIOS. Some other boards go to a black screen.

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    Why not just enter the Bios to see all the related info , like Cpu temps etc .

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