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POST, Booting, Login Screen

Now that you have turned the computer on you will see things start to happen on the monitor. When you first turn the computer on it performs a process called POST (Power On Self Test). During POST the computer wakes itself up and begins looking for and testing the hardware. The computer will test the video card and memory chips. It will look for the hard drives and cdrom drives. If everything is okay, it will start to load the Operating System.

Booting is the term used to describe the process of the computer starting to load the Operating System. During the boot process you may see a little Penguin icon in the upper, left-hand corner of the monitor screen. You will also see a lot of writing scroll up from bottom of the screen to the top of the screen and off the top of the screen. This is normal.

In a few seconds (maybe a minute or two) the OS boot process should finish and you will be presented with a log in screen to begin your computing session.

If you do not get a login screen after a few minutes you may have a problem with the computer software that will require support.

If you see a message on the screen that there is an "Invalid System Disk" check to make sure there are no floppy disks in the disk drive or cdrom's in the CDRom drive. If there are any of these media in the drives, remove them and press a key on the keyboard. Your system should now boot. If it does not, try pressing the reset button.

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  • () DannWashko - 08 Jan 2003
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