Okay, I have a low end computer with Windows Vista that was installed on it when it was given to me. Unfortunately I didn't have a disk for it and wanted to wipe my hard drive. After some rather bad advice I was given I found myself in the BIOS restoring the BIOS to it's default settings. After I did this Vista now starts to load the bar goes across the screen 2 1/2 times and then the reboot process starts over again.
I have tried messing with the boot order and looking at other options and nothing stands out. Oddly the computer does have a floppy drive that I don't think actually works but I attempted trying to disable the floppy drives as I read online that could be a cause of this issue. That didn't work either. When the error for windows came up I tried booting up in safe mode etc.. and that didn't work either. I went ahead and just reset the BIOS back to defaults and turned off the computer as nothing seemed to work.
My first question is does it sound like I messed up Windows and a new setup disk of the OS would alleviate my issues or does this sound like something I could fix in the BIOS? I find it hard to believe it could be a bad MoBo considering it didn't occur until I reset my Bios settings. I feel stupid for taking that dumb advice and wish I hadn't, any and all help is greatly appreciated.
OK, can u try to go to the BIOS and check if it is set to IDE or AHCI?