What version is the BIOS that is running on this machine?
The cover open is just a Chassis intrusion warning. You can reset it or disable it all together from inside the BIOS.
I am curious as to what version your running though.
Message Edited by MorJo15 on 09-07-200605:51 PM
Chassis Intrusion displays the status of the system chassis intrusion monitor and can be set to Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled. The default is Enabled.
If the computer cover is removed while the intrusion monitor is set to Enabled, a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) event is generated, the setting changes to Detected, and the following message appears during the boot routine at the next system start-up:
Alert! Cover was previously removed.
If the computer cover is removed while the intrusion monitor is set to Enabled-Silent, a DMI event is generated and the setting changes to Detected, but the alert message does not appear during the boot sequence at the next system start-up.
If the intrusion monitor is set to Disabled, no intrusion monitoring occurs and no messages appear.
To reset the Detected setting, enter System Setup during the system's POST. In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.
As for the Booting slow, what operating system are you using 98, 2000, XP???
MorJo15 wrote:To reset the Detected setting, enter System Setup during the system's POST. In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.
I don't see the "Chassis Intrusion" option anywhere is the Bios Jon? BTW, I am using XP Home.
I would upgrade the BIOS first, then see if the Option for resetting the intrusion shows up. It should be there already. Depending if the BIOS you have the type that lists the items or has them on multiple pages. I believe that yours is in the listing style it would be under security settings. Here is a link for the page in the manual for the BIOS settings.
As far as making XP boot faster. This is a simple change that I make on all the XP machines that I manage.
Open regedit and find this location
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters
On the right side look for a key named: EnablePrefetcher
Change the EnablePrefetcher key value to 5
Delete the contence of folder C:\Windows\Prefetch
And then reboot.
THIS SHOULD ONLY BE CHANGED ON XP MACHINES.
Enjoy the speed increase.
I don't see an A:\ prompt and don't understand
"refer to the instructions from the Dell File Library page, just where are these instructions please?
Now this really bites! Tried removing the Intrusion cable entirely out of the pc,
rebooted, Alert still there then cleared/resetted the NVRAM, no change.
You have to put the cable back. Removing is the same as having the cover off all the time.
You need to go to ALT P for the security page and change detected to silent or disabled.
Chassis IntrusionAn integrated chassis intrusion alert displays the status of the system chassis intrusion monitor. If the chassis has been opened, the setting changes to Detected and the following message appears during the boot sequence at system start-up:
Use System Setup to reset the alarm so that future intrusions are detected.
Chassis IntrusionChassis Intrusion displays the status of the system chassis intrusion monitor and can be set to Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled. The default is Enabled.
NOTE: When the setup password is enabled, you must know the setup password before you can reset the Chassis Intrusion option.
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