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GPU Bios showing up before Mobo BIOS (slowing boot up time)

Q: GPU Bios showing up before Mobo BIOS (slowing boot up time)

So recently I purchased a Galaxy GTX 460 768MB video card. I was previously using a BFG Tech GTX 275. When I first installed the GPU I was on an ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFI Edition motherboard. I am now on an ASRock P64 Extreme4 motherboard. I mention the old mobo because the problem has been the same regardless. So I link the issue to the GPU.

Anywho, the new Galaxy card on boot, displays it's own Bios information before the mobo Bios page shows up. It's actually the first thing I see on my monitor. It just simply displays Galaxy Bios version (etc. etc. etc). It doesn't last for more than 3-4 seconds, but I personally feel it's an unnecessary delay. Especially since I'm so adamant about computer efficiency and I try to get my boot up times as fast as possible. Just a personal hobby I enjoy! So I was curious if there is a way to disable this initial Bios screen? I did many google searches and couldn't find the problem to a a perfect description. Some people did mention that it has to do with a motherboard conflict, but that's why I mentioned bother motherboards. One was old, and the one I'm on now is brand new. I've never purchased a Galaxy card until now, so I'm curious if it's unique to their brand? I've never updated Bios on a video card before and I'm not sure if it'd cure the problem either. Anyone familiar with this situation? Thank you!

Edit: I'll take a picture of the Bios screen and post it quick. I just thought about doing it, but I typed this entire message and I can't do that unless I restart!

A: GPU Bios showing up before Mobo BIOS (slowing boot up time)

It will still have to do it's thing...even if you manage to make it disappear....I have had systems in the past that has done that same thing...if speed is what your after a SSD will do more for that.

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I replaced the mobo on my Dell 5510. Purchased from Dell. Sticker on mobo says BIOS ver A05. About every other day I get blue screen and physical dump of memory. My system info says my BIOS ver is A07. How do I go about changing BIOS? Is it as simple as pulling battery for 15 seconds? Some have offered this suggestion but I get a little worried at "friends" advice.

A:Replaced MOBO on Dell 5510 BIOS sticker on MOBO says A05, system in still has BIOS of A07

Removing the battery won't change the BIOS version. You need to download the version you require from the Dell site. From Windows you "flash" the BIOS. Take your time preparing for this. If anything goes wrong you will wreck your motherboard.

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I just replaced my laptop motheboard. With the new motherboard, time always reset after shutdown, and sometimes the little internet icon in the bottom right corner would be invisible. So i upgraded my bios, and still have same problem. I have a LENOVO G470 with InsydeH2O BIOS. I have an image of the bios attached. Also, the bios can read the HDD.

A:BIOS showing invalid info, time resets every time shut down.

Did you install a CMOS battery? Is it new or used?
Check the Time zone, make sure it's correct.

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i have Time computer which i bought in 2004 and then later it went bust and now i have virus on the computer and try using the reload or recovery cd but i get the error message unable to determine bios lock please contact manufacturer which have gone bust and need to my computer back as quick as possible running please help much appreciate with owners of time computer or ho have experienced this problem please help! what shall i do and how to bypass it and reinstall windows xp because it's not happening with bootup disks

A:Time computer showing unable to determine bios lock?

HI, i have the same issue with tiny PC, any help appreciated. In fact what i would prefer is not tohave to do the reload, but it all keeps crashing on me, cant boot up even in safe mode. Got as far as defrag in safe mode then crashed and cant get anywhere near it now

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Today I was helping my brother install a new Mobo, CPU and GFX card to his PC. The installing seemed to go fine, I've built a few computers before and I didn't see anything go obviously wrong (no damage to parts etc). Yet when we came to plugging the computer in and turning it on the monitor just read "No Signal".

I tried the following:
- Changed Monitor
- Changed VGA Cable
- Changed expansion slot we put the GFX Card in
- Changed GFX Card

After searching round for some answers I plugged in a PS/2 keyboard and attempted to boot the computer again. While the numlock function works the cap locks and scroll lock don't light up when pressed. Tried it with two keyboards so it is definitely a problem with the computer booting, despite the fact the GFX card, motherboard, case fan, case lights and CPU fan all light up/start spinning. Any ideas?

550W Power Supply
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
CPU: Intel i5 750 QuadCore
Mouse: Razor Deathadder
Keyboard: Logitech G15

I should mention I didn't uninstall any of the old motherboard drivers before attempting the swap, which I understand now isn't good practice but which I thought wouldn't be a problem. Would this stop the computer booting?

Thanks to all of you who take the time to respond.

A:New Mobo, CPU and GFX - won't boot to enter BIOS

Its not a driver problem, yet.

Did you remember to plug in the auxiliary power connectors to both the motherboard and video card? What brand power supply are you using?

Also, at the top of this forum there's a guide for troubleshooting builds. You should go through those steps and report back.

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I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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As is often the case I left my computer on overnight a couple of nights ago. When I woke up there was no response. Nothing was coming to the monitor, and although the system and cpu fans were still on, the HDDs were not receving power.

Now I've taken the case of and dug around I can report the following symptoms:

The obvious one is that the PCs crappy speaker is making a constant medium pitch buzzing noise when the system is powered on. This is NOT a 'beep' from the ami bios suggesting an error code, and even if it was a wierd low beep ami bios, a continuous beep isn't part of the ami bios error selection:

Indeed, I had to hunt around a bit before I realised that the sound was even coming from the speaker at all!

System fan and cpu fan still come on.

Nothing to monitor and HDDs don't fire up. Likewise, no power to optical drives (e.g. pressing open / close does nothing).
I've tried reseating everything. I've also tried taking away all extraneous hardware (soundcard and tv card). I've dedusted and am confident it's not a heat problem (I never get heat problems thanks to my trusty zalman ).

The system is self built, and 3 1/2 years old. MOBO battery is about a year old, but in any case - this is interesting - taking the battery out and turning on the pc still gets the medium buzzing sound (which I gather also means I've cleared the bios). Indeed, I removed the... Read more

A:Ami Bios or MOBO? Not even reaching Bios screen

Consider the PSU may have failed.

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Gday there i can boot up my PC by tapping f 11 i can see my ssd and my Samsung hard drive there i tap ssd drive and it boots ,but i have to do this painful process every time i boot up.
my mobo is a z77 extreme 4 all was fine until i followed an over clock guide and my bios must have reset it self when i went past the sweet spot.I did find a solution as a cmd prompt make ssd boot priority 1 in the cmd prompt,i found this in Google but now i cant find it again.Can some one please advise me what to do.

A:ssd not showing in bios boot order

Have you tried going to the BIOS and setting the SSD as first in the boot priority?

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I used to have a W7 system in IDE, MBR and since I had to reinstall everything from sratch, I decided to set my drives to AHCI, UEFI/GPT. After install, I checked the BIOS settings and saw that in my Boot Options I had the "Windows Boot Manager" set as #1, my SSD set as #2 and DVD drive as #3.
When I change the boot priority and set my SSD as #1, my computer won't boot and asks for a bootable device although the system is install on my SSD. I don't have a multiboot system, there's only W7 present so why do I have a "Windows Boot Manager" in my BIOS? I thought it was only for multi boot systems so I don't get why it's showing up here.
When I go to msconfig, startup, there's only one system displayed (W7).
Since I'm new to AHCI/GPT, I don't know what's normal and what's not. If it's not normal, how come I got this Windows Boot Manager in my BIOS? Maybe the old MBR wasn't erased even though I ran a secure Erase on my SSD?

A:Single OS and Windows boot manager showing up in BIOS Boot options?

Windows Boot Manager is standard on a UEFI/GPT disk. 
See this post for an explanation.
A more detailed explanation is here under the UEFI boot manager

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i have an old dell optiplex gx 240 when i put it on no primary or secondary drive showing they are plugged in right i think

A:no hard drive showing in Bios or in Boot

You must check the jumper settings, if they are plugged into the same IDE cable, most likely they are both set to master, or both set to slave. I always set my harddrive to master, and my cd/dvd to slave.

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Hi everbody, I am currently upgrading a HP Pavillion p6780t and I recently found out that it locks up my BIOS's option to configure secure boot. I went through every method I could find on all support forums and have been trying for 3 weeks now. I am trying to install a new Graphics Card (PNY GT 730 2gb) and I would not boot no matter how I did anything. I then bought another card, a Gigabyte GT 420 2gb and the same issue occured, I know that is not my power supply because it is 525w. I have tried all advanced boot settings and reisntalled windows more times than I can count. At this point I need some help. My CPU is an Intel core i7 2600k with 8 cores (yes, 8 cores I double checked.) and I am running it with 2gb of Ram and the onboard graphics. It came with a 512 mb AMD radeon card from the stone age that got fried a while ago. I am on windows 10 right now and need to fix this issue, I also tried reseting CMOS, and I even bought a new CMOS battery and still nothing is working. With no video card in my PC runs fine. I am also running the latest BIOS version compatible with my device and still nothing will work. I f someone could please help that would mean alot to me. (p.s. I forgot to say that both video cards work perfetly I tested them in a PC of a friends who had worse specs than me in every way.)                                                 ... Read more

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I've got an Acer Model As5742 Laptop with an i5 480M processor and 8 GB of good Ram. I'm running Win 7 Pro 64 Bit. It's only about 5 months old and this started about a month ago. I have no other problems. IE: Blue Screens or Lockups or anything, just the Bios clock changes to a random date and time after every restart. I replaced the Bios battery twice and it only effects the chore of having to reset the time in Windows every time I boot.

I'm going to send it to Acer to be repaired within a week or two, but maybe it's not a bad timing mechanism in the motherboard and one of you people have a correct solution to it. Which will save me the trouble of sending it in for a motherboard replacement.

I do have all the drivers and bios updates installed. Oh yes I've ran about 15 different virus Etc. Malware scans with several different products and they all come back clean.
I ran System File Checker SFC /scannow from the command prompt several times that also comes back OK.



A:Bios Clock time changes after every Restart even after replacing Bios

Quote: Originally Posted by Earthmanx

...just the Bios clock changes to a random date and time after every restart.

If this is the case then Windows wouldn't change it, though malware might I suppose (and you have checked for this).

Can you otherwise make changes to your BIOS settings that "stick"? If yes, then return/repair is all I can think of. If NONE of your BIOS changes survived reboot though, then I might consider whether that laptop left the factory with its "reset CMOS" jumper in the "reset" position. Dunno if laptops have these, but most desktop mobos do of course.

Oops you said "started a month ago" so my "left the factory jumpered wrong" would not apply.

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I have a desktop that I built four years ago. I used it on a monday afternoon, on tuesday noon the fans came on by themself. Now everytime I plug in the power cord all the fans come on. No boot, no bios access. I tried another motherboard, no help. I tried another power supply, no help. I tried another proessor, no help. It has a Intel D865GLC board, a Intel P4 2.6 GHZ S478, 512KB,800FSB proessor, an ATX 480W power supply, 184-pin SDRAM DDR400 RAM, Intel AMI BIOS, Intel 865 chipset, An Radeon 8500 Video Card, Sound Blaster Audio Card. I removed the video card, no help, I have ordered new ram. Hope someone can help.

A:Fans on all the time, no boot, no bios

If there is a speaker/buzzer connected to the motherboard try removing the ram, you should hear some beeps if everything else is working.

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After installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  I was unable to reboot into the newly installed system nor access the one time boot menu from F12 or the BIOS from F2 keys after the DELL logo and bar completed itself and displayed F12 and F2 in the bottom corner of the screen.
I can access  the ePSA Pre-boot System Assessment using CTRL Fn held down at boot.    I have run it twice, returning no faults.   Tapping the F8 key at boot has no effect.
Any help would be very much appreciated, thank you.

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Probably a simple one but im stumped.

Have a SSDIII drive with OS installed via a USB3 4 port PCIe expansion card with SATAIII ports.

Master OS drive is installed and working fine on the drive however is not showing up in BIOS for autoboot, so I have to manually press ESC to enter boot menu and select the SSD drive to boot which works fine.

Have checked all the BIOS advanced boot up devices can see all hard drives, USB drives, CDROMs and external USB drives but not the relevant SATAIII drive. I am presuming its due to the fact its on an expansion card and have not found a solution please help.

Card installed : PCI Express Card USB 3.0 4-port VIA (Transcend Information TS-PDC3 Combo PCI-e Interface Card 2 x USB 3.0 2 x SATA III ) Transcend Information TS-PDC3 Combo PCI-e Interface Card 2 x USB 3.0 2 x SATA III: Computers & Accessories

Drive : OCZ Vertex 3 SataIII drive.

A:Windows7 SSDIII on PCIe expansion card not showing up in bios for boot

Plug the SSD into the first SATA port if you have one. Win7 is not meant to be installed on a USB drive.

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so having bought my recent rig which is the following
core i3 4150
gigabyte h81m-ds2 rev 3 board
8gb ddr 3 ram
nvidia gtx 650

now few days ago i updated the bios and then restarted my pc and it gave me a bluescreen , found out i had to turn on ide in the bios settings and along with the use optimized defaults. i also enabled the fast boot option. earlier my pc took almost 3 seconds to boot from windows logo screen to the login screen and now it takes 2 to 3 minutes.. and its really frustrating me, what could be the culprit? do i need to enable the ultra fast boot option and is there any timing option in the bios?

help me guys

A:Slow boot time after BIOS update

why did you update the bios if everything worked fine...? maybe the new bios dont manage your hardware properly.

try to get the old BIOS

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  I recently updated the bios of my 300-220, but my system became slow booter.  Here is the story. 1) I had used the A0.08 rev.A(sp73976.exe). Then my system became to require very long time to boot.     (about 3~5 minutes to get a bios screen after pushing the power button) 2) After a few trials of 1), I had tried the A0.10 rev.A(sp76701.exe). to resolve this problem, but there was no difference.      And between several trials of 1) and 2), the leds of power button started not working. 3) I also had tried "HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI" tool, but there was no difference.     ( Yes, I also had tried to update the bios again with UEFI tool.  ) Currently, My system has BIOS version of A0.10 rev.A. (I confirmed that in the bios screen)And the windows version is up to date (windows 10 anniversary update).After very long boot time (about 5 minutes), it works perfectly as usual. How can I fix this problem? 

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The keyboard lights come on just a second after the system goes into chckdsk attempting to repair the drive. I know the drive is bad and I DON'T want Win 7 to check it. I can't get inside the box without a lot of hassle to disconnect the offending drive.

If I'm not making sense to y'all, here's the sequence of boot.

1) Power on, BIOS screen appears then a few pre-win checks and the window spinner logo appears, then it launches into CHKDSK

2) I cannot cancel the CHKDSK because the BIOS hasn't recognized the keyboard yet. So, within that 10 seconds before I can cancel, I can't. Sometimes, the keyboard loads before the chkdsk delay period ends and I can cancel CHKDSK and get into windows no problem.
I tried [chkntfs /X f: ] and it returned a prompt screen, almost like it worked. Reboot shows it didn't.

I did a [ fsutil dirty f: and indeed it showed 'unrecognized drive'. All other chkntfs and fsutil dirties on other drives worked as expected.

HELP, is there a software fix either in BIOS or WIN 7 PRO that can avoid this so I don't have to get into my computer (scary prospect).


the Deserted one

A:Prior to win 7 boot, checkdisk allows bios time-out

You don't mention what this assumed bad drive is: a DATA drive (no OS)?
Once chkdsk has finished does it then start Windows? And all is good afterward?

Can you get into the BIOS settings? If you can you might have the option to disable the failing drive there. Not all BIOS allow this.

If not then you must either let chkdsk repair the drive's file system (run through the entire test), or you must get into the case and disconnect the drive. From your reluctance I assume this is one of those all-in-one machines? Ugh.
If that is the case it might be a good idea to bring it to a local computer shop and let them do it.

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I have notebook HP Pavilion dv6 2020ev Corei7, and I?m not able to set up correct time and date. When I set date in BIOS and start Windows 7 there is time difference (few minutes sometimes, few hours etc. but every time different). When I turn off nb (also remove battery) time in BIOS is still OK. But when I start Windows 7 there is difference. BIOS time is ok till I change time or date in Windows 7. And this is big problem, when I update time or date in Windows 7, then after new boot BIOS time and date is reset to 00:00 01/01/2009. I?ve tried everything, update BIOS, fresh installation of Windows 7, change time internet sync settings, change the Hard, RAM,... after a lot of research, i decided to change the bios chip next to the "Control Keyboard chip" on motherboard ( i download last Bios version from HP, and program it), problem not solved.
after that i changed the other BIOS chip. problem not solved again.
finally i change the "Control Keyboard chip" (ENEKB3926QFD2) and unfortunately problem still alive.

note: Sometimes, when I work with my notebook date and time changes it go future or past.
i changed the battery on mother board, No effect.

sorry for my english.

please HeLp Me.

A:BIOS time and date reset after boot OS.

Change the cmos battery.

How to replace the CMOS battery.

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Serial Number 5CD6107NZM  Product Number T1D62EA#ABU i am a little disappointed in boot up time which takes about 25 seconds. The main delay seems to be the time taken before the HP logo appears. It takes about 5 or 6 seconds before a message 'press esc key to enter startup menu' appears and then another few seconds before the HP logo. After that it is very quick.Is there any way to boot straight to the HP logo?Prior to buying this notebook I did buy one from Microsoft Store (decided to change because of larger SSD hard drive) and that notebook booted up in 1.1 seconds. I think it was called a Signature Edition of the Spectre x360 and apparently contained no bloatware although I'm not sure if that affected the boot time. 

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I'm not sure if this is a hardware problem or OS. Laptop: Lenovo U410, Windows 8.
So, first of all, it takes 50 seconds - up to a few minutes to boot up. Then, laptop doesn't sleep (it turns off the screen but the rest stays on). On top of that, I can't access the BIOS - it just loads OS. I was trying to access UEFI but same situation.
Computer DOES detect SSD - it's a 750GB + 24GB SSD hybrid (at least, Intel's Rapid Storage shows SSD (0GB) disk). And lastly, after booting up, I get a notification that Rapid Start is not enabled.

I wanted to update BIOS, but there are no updates on Lenovo's page. I found a reset in settings that would bring back factory settings - maybe that would be somewhat helpful?

It was refurbished, I just got it so I'll be probably returning it if there's no easy fix.

Thank you!

A:No BIOS access, no sleep and terrible boot time

Probably better off returning it.

Then go somewhere else to buy another.

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All of a sudden with no action by me - or so I thought - my BIOS boot time went out to 40 seconds. After weeks of research I came across "Kanellias" and his (her?) description of the solution. It was related to a Skype camera/phone. I immediately disconnected my Logitech OrbitCam, rebooted and my boot time was back to 8 seconds as normal. I never considered that my problem originated by adding a USB camera/mic.

My kudos to Kanellias for sharing the solution. Thank you.

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I know this doesn't have anything to do with Vista really... but I'm just curious about a few things regarding the BIOS.

I have an HP dv5 laptop and when I discovered that I was over 5 releases behind on the BIOS, I decided to update with the latest.

The flash process went smoothly, but I immediately noticed some differences with my system start-up:
About 30-40% slower than beforeMy CD-ROM drive is accessed 3 times during the process, despite being disabled in the BIOS settings (I enable it only when I need it).

There was one BIOS update specific to SP2 compatibility, so I rolled back to that one... no difference. I'm now thinking I should just go back to my previous BIOS version. What I'd like to know from anyone familiar with BIOS installations is if the flash is a 100% complete replacement, and is it completely safe to roll back to an earlier version. Thanks!

A:BIOS update results in slower boot up time

Yes its safe to roll back, and should be a complete replacement

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Unusually long boot time between the BOS screen and Windows. It takes about 3 minutes to boot when restarting the PC and up to 5 minutes when starting the PC after it was previously shut down.

I will attach everything I checked, maybe I missed something, including my DxDiag and a video of the issue.

VID 20150213 100529 - YouTube

I already checked the memory by leaving Memtest overnight and it presented 0 errors. This problem started to appear about four months. I'm out of ideas. HDD is new, bought about four months ago and Processor is newer, bought in late November.

Also, maybe worth of noting, everytime I restart the PC the processor completely shuts down the fan before turning it back on. Same when I turn the PC on. I press the button, then it takes about 3-4 seconds for the PC to start running, turning the fans on etc.

Also, I tried disabling the BIOS screen a few months ago, but it didn't do anything, so I turned it back on.

A:Long boot time between BIOS screen and Windows

Do you have both video cards installed at the same time?

While your using msconfig please post picture of Startup and Non Microsoft Services.

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Hi everyone,

Before we start, I'm a total noob on this subject, so please be gentle with me.

I've experienced 'very' slow boot times in the given time interval (before it took maybe 10 sec, now it takes 2-3 minutes). After login the machine is ready for usage within 30 sec. I've searched on several forums for what the problem could be and these are the steps which I've taken so far:
* performed defragmentation on the harddrive
* deleted all windows updates and reinstalled them
* look at the event logger, but I couldn't find anything causing mayor and/or reoccuring problems
These things didn't work out for me. I've included the machine's specs in my profile, I hope it suffices.

Could you please help me?

A:Slow boot time before login screen but after BIOS

Hello melli and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have a look through these tutorials (2nd post) for some of the more common ways to speed up Windows 7.

Speeding up Windows 7 boot times

As a suggestion, before you try anything that involves changing settings or going into the registry, etc it would be a good idea to make a new restore point "just in case" something doesn't work and you want to roll back the computer.

System Restore Point - Create

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Few weeks ago bought new dell xps 9550 4k model i7 512 Toshiba ssd model.
Unsatisfied with boot time - about 23 seconds to boot windows 10.
Bios boot time in task manager shows 12,3 seconds - it is unacceptable for such expensive computer with newest hardware. My old inspiron with windows 7 boots faster and has bios boot time about 1-2 seconds.
Clean install win 10, bios newest version 1.2 and newest drivers.
My boot looks like this:
also I found a video there xps 13 boots very fast:

Searched all forums - no solution.
So maybe Dell engineers know what is the problem here and how to fix it?

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I'm pretty sure some one here would be able to answer this. My PC is a pretty old(~7 yrs) one running a MSI MB with intel Core2 Duo Processor. Two RAM Sticks(2+1) of 3GB. No external GPU. For a month or so, it had some problems, like it would restart just after it shut down and the like. I thought it was some problem due to dust in Fan and did not pay much attention to it. Now, when I power it on, it would give 2beeps and restart, 2beep, restart and on and on. Upon opening the case, I noticed that the fan stopped for an instant as well.

After leaving it to restart for a few minutes, it finally posts and goes to bios, but the bios screen looks pretty much like the monitor was faulty(with blue lines, visible refresh lines, random dots..). After going past the BIOS, random 0(zero)'s start appearing on the screen with a funny error message that reads some thing like:

ebbob *enknog
endebing beecee mode..
beecee filecisdem

Reading the error, I could deduce some thing related to filesystem, but can't exactly get what it means.

Here's what I've tried so far:
1. Unseat both RAM sticks, boot with one of them(even with none )
2. Unseat the heatsink, then the processor and replace them
3. Disconnect the monitor, hard disks, cd drives, external peripherals and then try booting
4. Reset CMOS by both removing and reinserting battery, Jumper reset.

I'm seriously hoping someone will help.

Thanks in advance,
Sriram R.

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I've recently installed a SATA 80gb Seagate disk & a 40gb Western Digital HD, suffice to say I messed up the xp install several times. In the end I had the OS spread across 2 drives (1 boot drive and 1 system drive) unintentionally. I've also installed a new Zalman cpu fan (heat temps 35c idle). Ever since then my machine takes at least 10 seconds from when I press the power button to when the BIOS actually beeps. It also takes ages to detect my HD's. I was originally running the F10 BIOS no probs until this incident. I reflashed to f4 and now when I boot the the xp complains that I have a "Missing or Corrupt c:\windows\system32\hal.dll" :dead: . I realise that this is pretty terminal. But when I used gigabytes dual bios thingy and booted from the backup (F2 revision) XP loads fine, but it still takes ages to initialise (ie beep) and the HD's still take ages to detect(sometimes not at all :knock: ) . It just seems generally flaky on boot. Anyone have any ideas? any help would be greatly appreciated, cheers

Athlon 64 3200+ (1000 fsb s754)
Gigabyte GA-K8ns pro (Rev. F2 at the moment)
1024MB Corsair CMX512-3200C2 (512x2)
Gigabyte x800pro 256MB
Jeantech 500w PSU

A:Long Boot/BIOS initialisation time for Gigabyte GA-K8nspro

given my past experiences with said problem/board (you'r eno tthe first this axact thing has happened to), i'd say the board is bad and needs to be returned. it happened to me on pcs i was building for people on 6 non-consecutive occasions, all with the same gigabyte board as you. after much testing, i acertained that there was an electrical fault within the board's pcb and replacing the board fixed the problem every time.

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My Sat M30 laptop start with an bios error. The error says "Resource conflict, edit bios setting or boot" If select "boot" computer hangs before windows completely starts. I remove the wi-fi and the modem module and the same error appears. I can't upgrade the bios because the windows don't start. The bios version is 1.7. The laptop is UK version. If select "edit bios", bios start but I can't find any resource management.


(sorry for my english, I am from Spain)

A:Satellite Pro M30 Bios error Resource conflict - Edit bios setting or boot


I think the error ?edit bios setting? means that you should access the BIOS and should set the BIOS back to the default settings.

Please do this, save the settings and try to boot up!

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My last BIOS update has failed and now my laptop Satellite PrU400 PSU45E is out of order.
I want to use the Crisis Recovery Disk with an USB floppy drive but I don't know the key combination to run the boot-block.
Is anybody can help me?

Best regards

A:Satellite Pro U400 BIOS update failed - What is BIOS Boot-block access


I wondering what Crisis Recovery Disk do you have ?:|
In my experience the special disk is needed which is available only for ASP technician.
Therefore it?s necessary to contact the ASP in your country in order to reflash the BIOS.

In my opinion you shouldn?t not try any ?Crisis Recovery disks? which you fond in the net? this can lead to mobo damage?

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Im working on a Toshiba Laptop A105-4284, Model #: PSAA8U-0FH02K that froze while trying to flash the BIOS, so I didnt know what else to do but shut it off. Now, when I try to boot it up, it gets stuck in the same place it did during the flashing; on the Toshiba splash screen with the status bar at the bottom showing about 20% complete. I cant get into the BIOS and cant boot into Windows. Other options available on this screen are Press F2 for System Settings and F12 for Boot Menu. Pressing F2 results in a beep and the status bar changing to "Please Wait..." but nothing else happens no matter how long I wait. Pressing F12 doesnt do anything. Pressing ESC takes me to a screen that shows the typical system info -- Phoenix Technologies Version 6.00; Intel Calistoga CRB.T3A Reference BIOS; VERSION.MAK 1.53; (looks like its running POST and recognizes CPU, Cores, No TPM or TPM has a problem, and system RAM and stops there. What is my best course of action?:

- shorting out the CMOS battery (I've tried this on the solder pads marked C88, with no laptop battery, with and without the wi-fi, ram and hdd installed; Im either doing it wrong or its just not working )
- trying to reflash BIOS chip (I tried this; turned the laptop on and held down the 'c' key to boot from cd, but still got stuck at the same place)
- replacing the BIOS chip
- something else?

Any guidance or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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A:Toshiba A105: Failed BIOS flash; now no BIOS access & won't boot

Im trying to figure out why I've had no replies yet.

Have I asked a stupidly easy question that everyone is rolling their eyes to and cant bear to tell me the answer? Or have I stumped everyone?

I have a hard time believing this is a stumper. I've found the same question posted elsewhere on the net and shorting the CMOS seemed to help. That or removing the battery altogether (its soldered to the board), but I dont think Im doing it right. Can someone give me directions on that?

or is this just a lost cause? :-/

Thanks in advance

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I have problems with entering the BIOS and boot. My device requests a password, what can you do? Toshiba service centers in our city is not present. All I could do - press control, tab, control, enter, and the machine gave me PC Serial

Sorry for my English, I used Google translator.

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My laptop has no problem before. Recently I try to install Windows XP. First attempt fail, so I change SATA at BIOS from AHCI to Compatible, success. However the partition that I want to install*Windows XP to is not available.*

So just to test I choose my Windows 7 partition. Since it want to format the partition, I cancel the installation. After restarting windows, it stuck at bios. I restart again and change SAT to AHCI. Restart, still stuck at bios. This time I cannot enter BIOS, recovery or change boot media. Assuming the boot sector has corrupt, will reseating the cmos battery will fix this *problem. Please help. Thanks in advance.*

A:Windows 7 Stuck At BIOS Cannot Enter BIOS or Change Boot Media

Somehow with guidance from Lenovo Community, I solved the problem.

For future reference:
1. Take out HDD, battery, plug off ac power.
2. Restart, change SATA Controller in BIOS to compatible, restart.
3. Check whether the SATA Controller is Compatible or AHCI. If Compatible, force shutdown laptop.
4. Put back HDD, boot with Windows 7 Recovery CD or Installation Disc.
5. Choose Autostartup Repair.
6. Restart.

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I tried to booting the computer and received the Award Boot Block Bios and BIOS checksun error. It detects the cdrom but I don’t have the CD. Where can I get the cd, like where to download it.

HP Media Center
Windows XP SP2
Motherboard: ASUS P5LP-LE (LimeStone)
Pentium D
I don't remember the rest.
I found the site for the motherboard.

I was having some probelms, which the computer wouldn't start at all and a really loud sound the fan made, so I called my insurance, and they came and change the mother board twice and added a new cooling fan and power supply. All this took two months for waiting for the parts and making an appoinment with the tech.

After replacing the motherboard twice the tech told me I'm gonna order new harddrive, I don't think is the motherboard or the fan. Before leaving he suggested me to call me inusrance and tell them that you want a new computer cause its been more than two months and there has been four calls already. So, I called the insurance and got a new computer and kept the old one.

A week after receiving my new computer I took the old one for repair but at didn't at the end after they told me how much it would cost me to get it fix. Now, I'm deciding to do it myself but, I boot the computer and received something about Award Boot Block Bios. I remember the tech putting a cd to the computer when he tr... Read more

A:BIOS checksun error Award Boot Block BIOS

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Hi There,

I just built a desktop with a sabertooth x79 motherboard, and am running Windows 8.1 pro 64-bit. When I click the UEFI BIOS Firmware live tile via the change PC settings>update and recovery>recovery>etc. my computer reboots normally to Windows and will not open BIOS. I have tried accessing it using the delete and f2 keys, but this does nothing either.

Any ideas? I am up to date in terms of my BIOS, and am definitely running UEFI and not legacy.

Thank you so much.

A:UEFI BIOS firmware restart doesn't boot to BIOS

Motherboards - SABERTOOTH X79

Originally Posted by ASUS

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Computer won't boot after bios upgrade.Quick history- computer was working but was dropped, damaging hdd- verified hdd damage by removing it and connecting it to another computer- verified computer hardware still good by booting and using it from ubuntu live cd- purchased SSD- changed Bios HDD support to Legacy mode so I could install w7- installed w7 64 bit professional- install went great, computer booted in windows, no lan or wifi yet : missing drivers- downloaded drivers and bios update from HP site for my exact machine to USB stick using different machine- installed audio driver- installed bios update, did not tamper with machine at all during BIOS update followed instructions exactly- after bios update  s/w said bios flash was 100% complete computer just hung for 15 min's- repowered machine: only get black screen- holding down F10 while powering up gets white "F10...BIOS Setup Options" text in lower left corner of screen, nothing else happens,I tried holding the windows and B key before powering then for a minute after powering several times, nothing happened. repeated that procedure half a dozen times with and without a USB with the BIOS update software on it in a USB slot, no difference.  Does my model support this key combination to load deffault BIOS settings? Do I have any other options to unbrick my machine? Any advice is appreciated.Mike

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I am very very frustrated since I waited a while to get this motherboard from china. My last DFI board randomly died on me and I ordered this as a replacement because I wanted a decent 775 board. I worked on it all night tonight and despite it reading all the hardware... it will not boot unless I reset the cmos every time. On top of that... I can not get the bios to update... it doesn't read any of the 5 usb drives I tried (fat/fat32). Also I tend to get this grey screen when trying to flash it sometimes. I am beside myself at this point after fussing with it for hours on end and I really need some help.

A:Asus P5E3 BIOS won't update and needs CMOS reset to boot every time

Sounds like either the BIOS is corrupted or the motherboard battery is a goner.

Have you tried burning the new BIOS to a bootable CD ?

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I am running a home-constructed PC (started out life as a Dell, but i had to replace the motherboard and - well, one thing led to another).

Asus A8N-E running NVidia nForce4 with AMD processor
Windows XP professional
Zone Alarm security suite

It's been working fine for a couple of years with the odd hiccup but i transferred to Zone Alarm from McAfee about four months ago, and upgraded to IE7 - security and fire walls seem to be a big part of the problems i've had in the past so i thought i'd mention it.

last week i had the "application error with winlogon.exe" error on log on and I couldn't boot at all. I did a repair install from the XP disk which *Mostly* worked, but now I have no mouse. I am having to tab through the browswer fields to even post this message which is incredibly frustrating!

Odd symptoms:
* IE has rolled back to version 6 (I guess that might be a function of the repair install)
* In the device manager there is NO "mouse and other pointing devices" entry, let alone any mouse recorded under it
* In the control panel, the mouse hardware properties are completely blank (no way of updating driver or getting more inform,ation - selecting the buttons does nothing)
* In Regedit the particular registry key that Microsoft says I should be looking for (at which is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Class/Mouse doesn't even exist in the registr... Read more

A:Mouse Not Detected, bios problem? Can't even get INTO bios on boot

Most likely a bad mouse, or a bent mouse pin, or you are using one of those wireless mouse units, or a cheap usb mouse.

Mouse detection problems are exceedingly rare except for the above... never heard of a mouse being affected by a virus.

Uninstall Zone Alarm if you are using Internet Explorer 7.0 because you will always have problems otherwise.

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I errantly switched the BIOS setting from Raid-AHCI to IEDI while attempting to allow my system to recognize a newly installed SSD.  The plan was to clone my HDD to the SSD as the boot drive, but it wasn't seen in windows.  Initially, was able to see it in the BIOS settings.  Long story short, I switched from Raid-AHCI to IEDI and have not been able to boot the PC since.  On boot, the pc turns on and the fans for the power supply and NVIDIA cards spin, but there is nothing visual taking place on the monitor. It's as if the devices are getting power, but the motherboard doesn't know they are there.  Tried clearing the CMOS (unplugged, took out CMOS battery, held reset button) and that didn't seem to make a difference.  There is supposed to be a "recovery" jumper on the MB (E15), but the pins seem to be missing on my motherboard, so that's not an option.  I'm pretty sure that if I can get the MB back to Raid-AHCI mode, it should respond for me again.  Unfortunately, without access to the BIOS on boot, I have no idea how to do that.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  Thanks in advance.

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Hello to the BleepingComputer community,First of all I'm sorry I haven't finished some of the steps from the Preparation Guide. It's because these steps require a reboot (e.g. Step 6: Disable your CD Emulation Software - DeFogger will ask me to reboot the machine), and I have a bad feeling about the question if it is safe to reboot in my situation: I'm not sure if I have a type of malware which is ready to infect the BIOS - if it is so, then it could infect it much easier during the reboot process.- If there is a good way to find out what is the problem (and fix the BIOS threat part if it really is present) without rebooting / shutting down this PC, or at least without booting from this hard drive (which I feel is probably infected), then please tell me what should I do.- If you know a place / forum where I can get a specialized help for this (seemingly BIOS-malware related) situation, please tell me where I could go.- If there is no way to move forward, I'll go ahead and risk the reboot, and follow the other steps (steps 6 to 10) in the Preparation Guide, no problem.I kindly ask you to please read below the details of the problem as it occured to me, and the things I have tried so far.The PC is AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 2.1GHz, Motherboard Biostar TA690G AM2 (with AWARD BIOS), 4GB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, and an ASUS EAH4870 card added a few years ago.It's with WinXP SP3, AVG Free 2012, (standard) Windows Firewall, and it's behind a router.I ... Read more

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I was running running an installation that edited the bios, while it was in progress I had a power cut and now when I switch the computer on, the monitor just says no signal. I am running Windows 7, is there anyway I can fix this? Really can't afford to replace the motherboard but might have to :/ thanks in advance.

A:Power Cut While Editing Bios Now Won't Boot Bios

running an installation that edited the bios

Can you explain what was editing the bios?

Which motherboard is this? There may be a jumper that will reset the BIOS back to defaults.

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Re: ASRock K7VT6, Athlon 2600+

I left my system running the other day and came back a few hours later to find it had not hibernated but the screen was blank, the fans were running and the power & HD lights were lit. I hit the reset button and nothing happened. I turned off the power supply. Now when I try to power up I only get running fans, and the front led's (power& HD) stay lit.

I am down to the point now where I have 'bench tested" the unit with only the MOBO, CPU (with heat sink and fan), 1 stick of memory and the speaker connected. If I short the power switch the fan starts running, the CPU gets warm but no beeps, nothing.

I think I am down to either a bad MOBO, CPU or BIOS. How do I check this further.

Below are some of the things I have tried:

1. Went thru a multimeter check list, PSU is OK. All voltages on ATX connector OK. All ATX ground circuits on MB OK.
2. Removed all components and connectors from MB & reinstalled
3. Cleared CMOS by jumper, and also tried to clear by removing the battery.
4. I have tried a spare, known good, PSU.
5. I have tried both sticks of memory alone in slot 1.

A:Bad MOBO, CPU, BIOS or ?

Probably the board. When a processor goes bad you usually get beeps or no activity.

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Hi all

This may sound a daft question so apologies.
Sony Viao laptop comes up with the message no OS found, tried a recovery says cannot find a hard drive. Ubuntu disk does the same.

The strange thing is when i boot it i dont get any BIOS appear, checks or the F button or del option to go into boot/setup. I do get the Sony Viao logo appear and thats it.

So question is it the mainboard or just the bios is the issue?
Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

A:Mobo or just BIOS

Ok quick update, i think this is the HD now.
because i got the Sony Vaio screen ... i tried various F buttons and found that F2 allowed me into the setup. Which obviously means that the BIOS is fine, so looks like the HD then, any thoughts would be appreicated

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I have a Gigabyte GA-8AENXP-D Mobo. I just installed 2 more Kingston 1gb DDR2 modules for a total of 4 kingston 1gb DDR2 modules. When it boots it only sees 3145728k of ram. When I had just 2 1gb modules it showed 2091752bytes of ram. I know the new ram is good as I have replaced the old modules with the new ones and everything worked fine.

I can even remove one of the modules and still get the bios reporting it only sees 3145728bytes of ram. I have the modules in the correct slots. I have the latest bios update from Gigabyte. And this Mobo is supposed to be able to handle 4 gigs of ram.

Because of this, windows will only use the 3 gigs of ram!

Anyone come across something like this before?


A:Mobo bios does not see all of my ram.

first off, i'd like to point out that running 4 gigs of non-ecc ram and/or using all 4 memory slots is a bad idea. reliability and performance take a big hit, one that often negates the advantages of more ram.

you should proceed to test out all your modules one at a time, then trying them in dual channel config. a little experimenting with module setups will often reveal the bad stick/problem. just remember to be smart and avoid killing your machine with static discharge.

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Hello, I have an A8V-E Deluxe motherboard, and I made the mistake of updating the BIOS to one that I really didn't need, so now I can no longer modify my voltages. I have brought my Athlon 3000+ from 1.8 GHz, to 2.4 GHz, but it is really unstable, because I can no longer modify my voltages. The CPU vCore is at like 1.3 volts, but I need at least 1.6. I have tried to redownload an older BIOS, but it won't let me. Is there any way to revert the newer BIOS to an older one???

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I'm trying to install a fresh copy of Windows XP on my Gateway CX2610 laptop. However, setup says that "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer." I popped the HDD out (it was an old one) and popped a brand new HDD in, and tried to install XP again. Same problem. Any ideas? Do I need a BIOS upgrade? Is it the motherboard?

A:Is it my BIOS, or my MOBO?

When you get into the BIOS setup, does it recognize the drive?

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Hi, I'm Jeff. I heard about this site from my brother but I'm not sure if he's a member. Looks nice, gg.

Specs: XP Pro SP2, 1.99 GHz, 1gb RAM

Let me throw out my dilemma.

It started with me looking at my task manager. Like many people, I wondered why I had so many svchost's running, why they were taking so much power, and what they did. I DLed a third party task manager that allowed me to get into the svchost and view what processes were being run. Now, I'm not exactly computer retarded, but I should have known better than doing what I did. Because I couldn't find an svchost that ran anything even remotely familiar, I found one that was running one operation, one (from the description) that I thought I could stop for a moment, just to see what happens. I can't tell you what it was called exactly, only that remote was in the name. What happened is my computer told me it was shutting down in Tminus 30 seconds, then did.

I tried to start it back up. It showed the first screen (delete to setup screen) and the screen where I'd boot from disc. After that, it did not try to boot the hard drive. Just stayed black. So I flashed the CMOS. It came back to life. PHEW! saved myself.

But not really. Still, every now and then it will do it (this was about a week ago I suppose). I would flash my CMOS and try again, but I realized that it didn't help. Sometimes it wouldn't work when I did, and sometimes, after a try or 2, it would without having to.

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A:BIOS? HDD? Mobo? I know not...

It could be a number of things; the first thing I would try is checking all of the connections on your Hard Drive! That's one of the most common problems, they call it the three C's. Connections, connections, connections. Seeing as it is an ancient machine, how long has it been since you cleaned it out. (dust, gunk, etc....)

Second thing, you know the capacitors on the motherboard? Check to make sure that they aren't bulging, per the image attached.!.jpg

Next, I wouldn't suggest flashing your BIOS so much. That should only be done on extreme occasions and usually only when doing major upgrades to your workstation where your motherboard isn't 100% compatible with the old BIOS. That doesn't really sound like the situation here though.

As far as killing svchost.exe--as you found that doesn't have anything to do with your problem. From the mouth of wikipedia:

"In software Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) within the Microsoft Windows operating system. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services part of the registry to construct a list of services that it must load. Multiple instances of Svchost.exe can run at the same time. Each Svchost.exe session can contain a grouping of services. Therefore, separate services can run, depending on how and where Svchost.exe is started. This grouping of services permits better control and easier debugging, but ... Read more

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Dear all,

I spilt some water on my laptop a few days ago but fortunately it's completely dried out and working perfectly.... apart from this minor (but important) issue. I would appreciate your help.

Problem: the system time does not stay correct. Even after manually updating the BIOS time and also even after manually syncing it with the various servers available under the time options.

Fix: set the internet time sync interval to every minute rather than its default setting? How do I do this?

Much appreciated.

P.S. This couldn't be a CMOS battery issue surely because even when the system is on and plugged in the system time still deviates from correct. (I assume the CMOS battery is only used when the system is powered off.) If I need it replaced, how does that sit with my Dell hardware warranty?

A:System Time not kept correctly after having manually changed BIOS time

Quote: Originally Posted by dell1545

Dear all,

I spilt some water on my laptop a few days ago but fortunately it's completely dried out and working perfectly.... apart from this minor (but important) issue. I would appreciate your help.

Problem: the system time does not stay correct. Even after manually updating the BIOS time and also even after manually syncing it with the various servers available under the time options.

Fix: set the internet time sync interval to every minute rather than its default setting? How do I do this?

Much appreciated.

P.S. This couldn't be a CMOS battery issue surely because even when the system is on and plugged in the system time still deviates from correct. (I assume the CMOS battery is only used when the system is powered off.) If I need it replaced, how does that sit with my Dell hardware warranty?

For right now, lets just try to update your time. To do this, click on the clock in the bottom right. Then, click on change date and time settings. In the window that comes up, go to the top and click on the tab titled Internet Time. Then, click on change settings. Click on update now in the windows that pops up.

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Ive never updated a bios before...

If you dont have a floppy drive can you use a flash drive to do the bios update.

A:MOBO BIOS update

I used my flash drive to update my own, but I have an Asus board, they have many tools to make it easy,

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I just Updated my PCChips M848A-rev 2.1 to M848A v.5
It all went good til the start of the sistem...the sistem halts at "Checking NVRam"
Can my mobo be repaired? It's Bios Chip cannot be taken off..

A:Help with Mobo Bios Update

what did you update? If you did not complete updating your BIOS, you will need to send the motherboard into the manufactuer for a physical hardware reprogram. BIOS updating is one area where you need to be exact, precise, and patient. It is not an amateur task.

BIOS is FIRMWARE not hardware.

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I just built a new computer and it seems to boot, but it makes no boot noises and does not seem to register a monitor plugged into the graphics card.
I'm using an NForce 680i MOBO with an Nvidia GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB graphics card. I also tried it with an Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT 256 MB card with the same results. Any ideas what to do?

A:New mobo won't display BIOS

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Finally got everything together and the nerve to flip on the switch, thanks to the advice that I have gained from some great people here.

Though when booting it does something that I have never seen a PC do before and it has me wondering.

Like any system the first thing displayed is the bios. "Fasttrak 378 BIOS 1.00.037".

Then it goes on to a second line "Scanning for IDE"

After it has several periods posted after the Scanning for IDE, it then states.

" No drive attached to Fasttrak controller, The Bios is not installed"

What exactly is it telling me. I searched Asus's site for info of this nature, and come up empty handed.

I have been able to go on and install windows and the software/drivers needed for other hardware, with out any trouble. Along with copying everything I wanted from my previous PC on to this system, again surprisingly no trouble....yet.

A:BIOS, HHD, or MoBo Issue????

I found this.


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Just built a new machine using p5wd2 asus motherboard. Using dual core 3.4 ghz, 2 gig ddr-2 ram.

The problem is that some how the bios keeps getting altered upon reboot from its default settings, and I have to hit f2 to reset bios to default after every reboot.

The error is gives is something like overclock failed. Which I have not attempted to overclock the machine at all. I want it to run its default bios, and keep it that way. Some how this is not happening, and I am forced to hit f2 every reboot.

I downloaded and successfully flashed the bios to latest version, on its own ez-flash reboot, I had to hit f2 in order for bios to load and go to windows.

Im concerned this is some flaw in the motherboard.

Every part for this machine is brand new, just built it 2 days ago and have been fighting this problem ever since. Video card and power supply have both been verified as not a problem.

Basically losing bios settings every reboot. tried pulling battery, didnt help. I can try a new battery, but its a brand new mobo. So not sure what else could cause bios to forget or mess its settings every reboot.

A:Bios/Mobo Issue

It could have been a bad flash. corruption in the bios will cause it to reset every boot.

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In the manuel for my mobo the highest processor that it has settings for is a 233 if I buy a 500 mhz Amd K6-3 will the computer recongnize it will I have to put it in manually in the cmos.


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Hey all,

So close to getting this new computer to work, here is the problem. I turn on the switch, the mobo starts to boot up, the HDD starts spinning up and seeking, the CD drive's green LED blinks, the corsair mem's activity LEDs blink, the whole computer sounds like it's booting up, that lovely higher pitched sounds of the fans speeding up, the keyboard lights come on, and the amber LED on the front is turning to green, AND THEN THE WHOLE THING SHUTS DOWN, about two seconds later it trys again and then shuts down again. My current theroy is that the heatsink that INTEL sent me with the processor is either not making good contact with the processor, or that the grey clay crap that they put on it isn't acting as a good enough heat transfer compound, below is what i am using to build the computer, does anyone else have any idea what it could be? thanks in advance

Mother Board:


Corsair 512 MB DDR2 (667) PC-5400

Hitachi 250GB/IDE/ATA-6 8MB CACHE

CD Drive:

Floppy Drive:
Sony 1.44MB White Floppy Drive

Power Supply:

Video Card:
(To be added, once PCI Express Video cards hit market, for now running video off of integrated video processor on the Motherboard)

A:mobo isn't booting into bios

You need to do the "barebones" startup. Just the RAM, CPU with heat sink etc, and the monitor hooked up. If it works add components until you have a problem. It it doesn't work try the same thing with the MB out of the case on a non conductive surface. If it still doesn't work then you are left with trying to troubleshoot RAM, power supply, overheating or the motherboard.

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Hey guys i just got a new mother board (MSI "K8T NEO2-F" VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 939 CPU) and processor (AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor). I installed it and put in my DDR Kingston 512MB ram (2 sticks) and my ATI Radeon 9800 video card. I also have one hard driver (not ATA) and one ATA Harddrive. They're both hooked up and the non ATA is the master. My case has 6 fans and they are all plugged in. A 420W power source also. Now that the specs are done, to the problem.

I turn the comp on and i hit shift+f10. It gets the the bios screen and says to hit Y or N to do flash recovery or w/e so i hit Y and it goes. Not too far though, after about 5 seconds it beeps 8 times, then 8 again and again. I checked the beep codes and 8 means its the video card. i have no clue if it is or isnt and im very confused. I tried re-seating my VC and then doing it again. I also tried Re-seating my ram and then the VC and then doing it again. It just confuses me.

Please help, Thanks.


A:Help me im new (new mobo bios problem)

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I replaced the motherboard in my daughter's PC, because the old one wouldn't boot or go into the BIOS. To keep expenses as low as I could, I decided to re-use the old case, chip (1.2 Ghz AMD Duron) and drives. My choices were limited, because it is a "socket A" chip. I also TRIED to re-use the memory, but it wouldn't boot, so I bought 256 meg of RAM, as recommended by the board mfg., EPoX. I first tried to boot up with just the monitor, mouse, and keyboard attached (no drives), and it will boot the first time. (The EPoX mobo instructions say to select "Load Optimized Defaults" when you enter the CMOS setup utility.) This will work the first time you do it and then when you click on "save & exit" as instructed, the pc freezes up. Keystrokes have no effect. If you reset the pc, and then press "delete" to go back into BIOS during the POST, it will not work. It hangs on the last screen. If I turn the unit off, reset the CMOS, and then start all over, I can get into the BIOS, and try to set the date/time. It will hang again, and not go into the BIOS again. i have no way to get into the OS because the hard drive has been formatted. Any ideas?
BTW, I am the adventurous type and will try to fix most anything, but I'm NOT a geek.
Thanks in advance.

A:BIOS or mobo issue?

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Hi, i've set up a used QDI (P6V693A) A5-133 MainBoard with a P3 600EB (133Mhz). I plugged in the RAM, hard drive (with XP) and floppy and the message comes up 'new CPU - enter BIOS to set it up'...

But ANY changes I make to the BIOS causes the PC to die on 'Save and Exit".

The CPU mobo jumpers are set correctly, but changing BIOS from default (400Mhz CPU) to the correct CPU causes total PC failure, forcing a BIOS reset.
I realise I'll probably have to reformat and/or re-install XP but I can't even begin that cos I cannot change the boot order to floppy first - cos it all goes dead when i try to restart and AGAIN i have to reset the BIOS in order to start it at all!!

All help much appreciated. thanks.

QDI motherboard manual -

A:Mobo BIOS problem

This IS a generalized guess, but more info from you may clarify?

First, what is the BIOS setting that you are changing, and FROM what value TO what value?

Second, what is the specification of the Memory that you are using?

I'm guessing that you are pushing the Memory Bus speed beyond the spec of the installed memory????

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Since I can't get a restart (Start/Shut Down/Restart) thing going on this new MoBo with a hard drive installed from another pC (with programs), and I seem to have glitches in MS Word (Winword errors on all files), I copied files to a CD and will do a full fdisk/format...but

The MoBo is a K7 Triton Series, GA-7VM266 and I have the utility disk that came with it..

How should I run that utility (after fdisk/format and under that DOS prompt, or in Windows98SE after an install of Windows)??????

Problem is that I have to hold the power button in for five seconds to shut down...I want to get it to operate as normal, by clicking either start/shutdown or restart...hope that makes sense?

A:New MoBo...Bios Install???

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OK. I have an pretty old computer that ive fixed up, so to speak. I bought a new hard drive, and its all plugged in, and it works fine. my only problem is that this computer's BIOS says that it IS bootable by cd, but in reality it isnt. Also, im trying to set up an OS on this new drive, and cant get anything to install. Ive tried using boot floppies w/ cd-rom support to boot the OS installer, but when my BIOS gets to the "Please insert bootable media into the appropriate drive" prompt, whether or not there is a floppy/cd-rom in any drive, the computer shuts down after about 3 seconds after pressing <enter>. Ive tried removing the MOBO battery, RAM, all IDE cables and replacing them, but still nothing. I also wish to mention that my floppy LED light is ALWAYS on, and when i try to flip over the cable, the computer doesnt detect it. When i put floppies in, it doesnt even try to read them. Could it be a floppy drive problem causing all of this? I have extra floppy drives to spare....

thanks for the input



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Im working on a dell,running winxp,p4 processor,512 ram. Its giving errors ive personally never seen before.First it was saying disc read error,operating system not found,and once or twice came up with keyboard failure. Also said failed post and to contact dell. (not under warranty)I tried a different harddrive and it got as far as the progress bar before loading xp,but then froze,and after a few went back to "hit ctrl alt,del" to restart etc.Could this be a problem with the BIOS? and is that replaceable in a dell? or more serious than that?mobo maybe?(ive never replaced BIOS before,so forgive my ignorance)

A:BIOS,MOBO prob.? or???????????

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P4 2.8 ghz
512 ddr pc 2100 ram
Intel D845PEBT2

Been having a problem with a hard drive that I just cannot snag. Well, I think I have the issue possibly straightened out now, but stepping in here for advice.

I purchased a WD 1800JB (180 gig) hard drive and am having trouble getting it to run properly. I get frequent corruption, some types of video media will not play, and crc checks (using SFVCheck) fail when this drive is connected via the slave channel in my system. XP Home with Service Pack 1 is in.

I tested out an old Maxtor 40 gig on the slave channel and had no such problems. Also switched IDE cables and did all the other precautionary steps. Now I was leaning towards the problem being the physical hd itself. However, I forget to mention that this is an RMA'd drive, and the previous drive gave me the same problem.

Anyway, I set up the 180 gig in an old Athlon 700 box as master and installed Win 2k Pro on it. WORKED FINE! This proves that there is nothing wrong with the physical drive. CRC checks passed, the vids in question played.

What did I do next? I installed the drive in this box as master and installed XP Home on it. Went to boot and I get a "set proper boot device" message or something along those lines. So I go ahead and put my real boot drive on slave and see what happens. It boots off of the slave! It still recognizes the 180 gig hd, but it is assigned D:\ in windows and acts as if it is the slave with all the same problems as before... Read more

A:HD Mobo BIOS woes

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I purchased a p4c800-E Deluxe MoBo and have installed, a Intel P4 2.8E GHz (Prescott) 800 MHz FSB 1 MB L2 Cache HT Processor, a GB of Ram (Below), and a ATI 9600 AIW Video Card (128 MB DRAM).

Kingston ValueRAM Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G (
512 x2) DDR PC-3200
Manufacturer: Kingston
Speed: DDR400(PC3200)
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Registered/Unbuffered: Unbuffered
Cas Latency: 3
Support Voltage: 2.6V
Bandwidth: 3.2GB/s
Organization: two 64M x 64 -Bit

I have all the MoBo settings (in set-up) on standard/auto and the latest system BIOS installed (1016.001 2/23/04) yet the system is running my memory at,"DDR Frequency 266 Mhz Dual Channel, Linear Mode." How do I get the system to recognize that the Ram is DDR 400 and runn accordingly????

I ran test on the memory and am even more confused now. I ran Microsoft's freeware, "Windows Memory Diagnostic" and the memory failed every test. I thought that odd and ran the test per chip/bank. The test showed bank 0 (A1) as generating all of the errors. I took the DIMM from bank 3 (B1) and placed it in bank 0 (A1) leaving the bad DIMM from bank 0 out of the system. I again ran the test and again the memory failed all test. So now I extracted the memory that was originally in bank 3, now in bank 0 and removed it from the system. I replaced it with the memory that was originally in bank 0 and put it back in bank 0 while keeping the other out of the system. Again the memory failed... Read more

A:Memory/MoBo/BIOS ???????

Thanks to you guys that viewed my question even though no one had a response. I wrote ASUS Help Desk and they said to RMA the board - sounded like a dead memory bank. I just built the machine two weeks ago and the last thing I wanted was a DOA MoBO. I guess I should have suspected something sooner as the memory usage was never over 30% even with games and video editing. I suppose it saw the memory - just couldn't use it. Weird!!! I have a new question if someone has experience I would be thankful if they shared it. I yanked the MoBo and plan on replacing it. I have a 0 RAID on the promise SATA connections. I am running XP Pro Sp 1a. Is it possible to just plug up the new MOBO and go. I haven't activated the OS as I suspected something wasn't right. Thanks again to those who stopped to help.

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I have a motherboard that came from HP xw3100. Part number is 323091-001. HP d530 has the exact same mobo, based on the part number.

Strangely, on HP's website xw3100's BIOS and drivers have not been updated since 2003 whereas d530 has more recent versions. So, can I use the BIOS and drivers for d530 on this?


A:HP mobo BIOS and drivers

If your Computer was manufactured in the Model run that you quote as "2003 era" then this is your BIOS driver. The difference between the two MoBo might not be that significant but if you really want check get a magnifying glass and check all the stripes on all the DIODES. One different colored line or different combination of the all the same colors but in a different sequence is an actual difference in manufacturing technique. Maybe you should use a microscope just in-case the difference is only that big.
I use a BIOS driver for my Gigabyte GA-8GE800 Pro MoBo that were last released in 2004. I update with these in-case my current drivers become corrupted eg. refresh to make new-like

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I have an HP Pavilion a1719n desktop.
it was a vista 32 bit home premium now its an windows 7 32 bit home premium!
Software & Driver Downloads HP Pavilion a1719n Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

My motherboard is an ASUS P5LP-LE (LEONITE).
click the link!!!!!

My CPU socket pins were damaged and so i bought another one it is the same motherboard i install it but my PC notice that i changed it.My original Bois that the mobo came with is 5.03 just like the new one. I update it the old mobo to the lasted bios from hp which is 5.23.

But since i changed it it revert it the 5.03 which is the new motherboard bios. So the i downloaded the bios from hp to update it but it says it does not meet the system requirements and i cant update it but some how it update it to 5.09 from some windows update package.

So is there anyway i can update it to 5.23 like i had it before?
I read on the internet that if you change you OEM mobo and replace it with another even if its exactly the same one it will not be recognize as an hp motherboard since my pc is an hp pavilion.

Anybody has this problem?

PS: i did not buy the new mobo from hp i got it off ebay. And the Bios from HP is for windows vista not seven. Also i already try installing vista again and updfate the bios from vista OS but no luck its not recognise as an OEM mobo.

A:I cant update my bios for my mobo!

Ok calm down. There are a few ways of doing this. I had the same problem with another HP I worked on.

Downloaded the bios folder that I have uploaded )This is the one from HP I just extraced it). The application named "Flash" in the folder I uploaded with this post right click and go to "properties" then go to "Compatablity" and change to windows vista. Then click ok and just run the application named "Flash." Post if this works or not.

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I would really appreciate some help/advice with the following, as I`m pretty much at my wits end:
I attempted to install a second harddrive into my pc, something which I`ve done before in other pcs without too much trouble. After swapping the order of the four drives (two hdds, plus a cdrom and a cdrw) around till they all were seen by windows, and in the order that I wanted, I turned the pc off (cant quite remember why, it was over a week ago), went and ate. When I switched it back on it wouldn`t boot, so I got the cmos screen up, and checked that everything looked as it should. It did, so I tried booting again, and it would hang each time, the only way I could get out of the hang was to pull the plug out. So I did this maybe a dozen times, then had the "bright" idea of resetting the cmos jumper on the mobo. Nothing drastic happened, good or bad, so I reset the clock/date made sure the hdd settings were set to "auto", and then exited. It hung again, so I pulled the plug, and then Nothing. The fan comes on, and the light, but that`s it. I have an AOC monitor that turns itself off onto standby mode if it dosn`t get a signal, which is what happens when I plug it in now. I`ve tried disconnecting all drives and just running it with ram, and graphics (it`s onboard, not a seperate card), but still the monitor switches to standby, giving a "no signal or cable disconnected" message first. There`s no beeps, no floppy boot if I connect the floppy. Jus... Read more

A:Bios/ Mobo messed up, need help please

hmmm... you should get SOMETHING with just the CPU plugged in... even with the memory pulled out.

Your system might have died, and sticking in RAM into it might have damaged your "old" memory... speculating. I or anyone else wasn't there... and don't know anything about your hardware.

Try only this when powered up: CPU ONLY. no drive cables getting power or data to the board. Just the CPU, not even the memory - you should still get POST, if its still alive. (also, reset CMOS again too. unplug power - change cmos jumper for a few seconds then back to normal, replug power cord, press power button).

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I Upgraded my Mother board due to there being now PCI-E port-only AGP, and in doing so I bought a New MOBO that did not come with a Driver/Bios CD Hence I now have no sound. My current MOBO is the: Asus P5GD1-FMS. I have no clue how to go about finding the right drivers/bios ect. Any help would sure be appreciated!

A:New MOBO and Need New Bios & Drivers

You should be able to get the drivers for the "Asus P5GD1-FMS" at ASUS:

You can use the "ASUS Navigation Wizard" or under "General Download" select the appropriate category from the drop down lists.

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Well i am using a Radeon x700 Pro and when i turn on my computer my monitor tells me that the input is not supported. I need to do some changes in my bios but cannot see it when i get in since i get black screen with the input not supported. Is it my videocard? should i update drivers again? The monitor is an Acer AL1914. The screen shows up after i get to the windows login screen that is the first time i see a screen. Any suggestions?

A:No BIOS Showing

What keys are you pressing to invoke BIOS?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite, A305 S6905 with a New Install of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Bios was updated to latest 2.20 version. I put two new, matched 2 GB ram modules in it. It does not show but 2 GB installed even in the Bios. I checked both modules by putting each one seperately in the primary ram slot and both were showing up as good. I even put the old 2 GB and 1 GB modules I had before under Vista and it still only shows 2 GB installed. Nothings seems to help. It only shows 2 GB installed and 1.87 useable. .It boots OK and seems to run fairly smoothly but I have not put it to the test under some memory hog programs yet. .... Please Help!

A:Ram not showing up even in Bios

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I have an Asus P5RD2-VM mobo w/ a Pentium D @ 3.4ghz (not o/c'd)

I slapped in 2x2gb Kingston Ram Dimm's and it pops up as 3072mb usable ram

My processor is supposedly 64bit and my mobo obviously supports 4gb?

What's the deal? This is during post, before OS is into play.. I was going to install windows 7 64bit but if I cant even use the 4gb I just installed why bother? aurghh

A:4gb ram showing 3gb in BIOS?

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I have 2 no. of 1GB DDR2 533FSB RAM installed on my Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 motherboard. Now when I am going to install one 2GB DDR2 667FSB RAM it is showing only 3GB inside BIOS and also on my Windows 7 64bit OS. here is no RAM remap setting in BIOS. I have tried load optimized default setting.

Please suggest if anyone have resolve this problem.


A:Showing only 3GB RAM in BIOS

Let me see if I understand. You had two 1GB DDR2 533fsb Ram sticks, and then installed one 2GB 667 ram sticks. You also have a 64-bit os so you can use 4Gb or more. is all of the correct?

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For some reason my new computer is not showing the BIOS options on boot. The monitor does not detect anything until Windows 8 starts so it goes from a blank screen to the main Windows 8 screen. I have 2 video cards and I read that it could be something with the computer using just a specific port for the Boot screen. Is there any way to enable my monitor to show the BIOS screen at startup?

A:BIOS not showing up

you mean the POST screen. The bios usually has options such as show logo at boot and post screen at boot. So you need to change it in the BIOS.

Not sure where you have read that having two graphics cards has anything to do with POST showing up as it's never something I have ever heard of or encountered.

The POST screen is there to show what you have connected and if anything is wrong.

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Well i am using a Radeon x700 Pro and when i turn on my computer my monitor tells me that the input is not supported. I need to do some changes in my bios but cannot see it when i get in since i get black screen with the input not supported. Is it my videocard? should i update drivers again? The monitor is an Acer AL1914. The screen shows up after i get to the windows login screen that is the first time i see a screen. Any suggestions?

A:No BIOS Showing

Good Afternoon Myztiq, it is possible your video settings are greater than your monotor can support.
Try tapping F8 during the boot immediately after the POST, with luck this will allow a booting menu to appear, select the "Safe Mode" option and with luck you machine will boot into safe mode and be available to enter control panel for changes in settings.
In this mode a basic video driver is used so it should work.
Best of luck, qldit.

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So, I just installed a SSD. I followed the tutorial for installing and transfer of OS. I now have 2 problems. The new SSD is not much faster than the HD. I was getting a startup of 2min 51 sec. Now I get 2 min 35 sec. Everything went as shown in the tut except changing the SSD in the start up BIOS to be after the CDrom. My only choices are:
+Hard Disk
USB - Zip
Legacy LAN

I put the LS120 behind the CDrom.

So question #1 is how to get the BIOS to "see" the SSD?

Question #2 is how to format the hard drive that had Win 7 on it? I have tried Computer Management but it says that the drive is offline and will not do anything. I have tried other partition managers but still cannot delete or format that drive.

Thanks for any help.

A:New SSD not showing in BIOS

In your list expand the entry +hard Disk (select it and press enter) You should see the SSD there. Make it the first entry.

I do not see a drive offline in your screen shot.

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Steps taken:

-Fresh install (From factory recovery partition) of windows 7, fully updated and drivers installed.

-CMOS Battery Replaced (&Tested with voltmeter)

-Bios Flashed & updated

-windows time service is disabled via services.msc

-"synchronize with timer server" unchecked in advanced time settings.

Further information

BIOS time resets to 01/01/2009 00:00:00 when windows time is updated/changed manually. If windows time is not changed manually, bios time remains accurate.

Upon restart after windows time change, and directly entering bios, the date and time aboved is what the bios time is set to.

Recurring problem

A:BIOS Time Resets if and only if windows time is changed

Hope someone has a better idea, but the first thing I thought of is damage occurred when flashing the bios. I recommend not doing that merely as an update unless a problem is present.

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I have a Giga-Byte GA-6BX7 mobo . I attempted to flash the bios . While flashing it , everything seemed to go fine . But when I tried to reboot it , nothing . The bios does not even start up . Have I fried the bios ? Is there any way to fix this ? Thanks

A:Mobo bios flashing problem

If you didn't make a back up copy of the old bios then the only thing to try is clear the cmos by using the jumper or removing the battery for 5 minutes with the power unplugged. If that doesn't fix it you may need to contact them. Some companies will mail you a new bios rom chip, some you have to send the mobo in for reflash.

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Wanted to uodate BIOS in one of my oldies which is:
Chaintech 6OIV0 - Last BIOS I've heard is fm 2000/8/28
1.Fixes system booting hang with AGP-RI41/RI60
2.Fixes system restart hang with some VGA driver
3.Fixes some 3Com Lan card not appear in PCI device listing
after win98 system restart]
BIOS package file is:6OIV0828.exe
In theory one can download it fm Chaintech website:
but it's never active.
Maybe somebody knows where I can get it or have it/
pls let me know.

A:Old CHAINTECH mobo - bios needed!

Can't vouch for the Web site or the file.
Use at your own risk.

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Hi guys, newbie question, searched the forum but couldn't find any.

I wanted to flash my mobo (MSI Neo4 Platinum) BIOS to the latest, in an attempt to solve my BSODs (too much to elaborate here). I first used MSI's Live Update utility, but was not really convinced it did a completely clean job (didn't seem to update DMI pool). Anyway to do it myself, I used Winflash (no FDD). Here's the thing: Winflash reads .bin BIOS images, while the image on MSI's website is a .1b0

Is it okay for me to change the extension such that Winflash can read it? That is to say, BIOS image files are like text files (e.g.), no matter what extension you call it, it's still a text file and will open correctly with any text editor?

Actually I've got ahead and done it, but am wondering if I did the right thing. PC seems to boot and function normally though. (Still have the BSODs, but I think it's just because it was a mess to start with, gonna put in a fresh OS soon).

A:Renaming mobo BIOS files?

Yes, the BIOS files are raw binary images and it doesn't matter what you call them.

Of course there may be some proprietary solutions that use some weird format of their own. Such a file would result in an immediate error message from the BIOS flashing utility of course.

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Hi, hope you can help!

I have an ASUS A8N SLi Premium motherboard running 2 186GB HDD's in a RAID1 array that was working OK.

The system won’t boot, and if you will excuse the long explanation, here is what happens:

On boot-up, the ASUS splash screen appears. Then the RIAD BIOS as follows:

Sil3114 SATA RAID Bios Version 5.1.39
Copyright 1997-2004 Silicon Image, Inc.
Press <Ctrl-S> or F4 to enter RAID utility

0 ST3200822AS 186Gb
1 ST3200822AS 186Gb

No Valide deivce! (this is how it is spelt) Press any key to continue
Press <Ctrl-S> or F4 to enter RAID utility

The Boot then continues, listing the drives as:

Diskette Drive A
Primary Master DVD-RW ATA33
Primary Slave CD-RW ATA33
Secondary master none
Secondary Slave none

In the RAID utility, the two physical drives are listed but the entry under Logical Drive says “Invalid RAID drive”.

The keyboard stops working here, so I cannot toggle down the options.

My Windows Boot Disk won’t work, with the error message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware” Please check the Windows documentation etc.

The system Bios is accessible and when I check the Hard Disk Drives it shows the only entry as Bootable Add –in cards

By the way, after a few seconds even in system Bios, the keyboard then stops working. It’s a Bluetooth Logitech wireless.

Before I try ANYTHING, I thought I’d ask as ... Read more

A:RAID or mobo BIOS problem?

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I have a 3 year old pc that im trying to sort out for my sister(specs below). the motherboard had failed (it was taking an hour to even send a signal to the monitor) so i replaced it with an identical one. previously i had been told it was a processor problem so i had also replaced that. it was definatly a motherboard problem as the new one has fixed it (the cpu made no difference). it now starts up straight away, but where it would usually count up the memory on the opening screen, it says " Dram Clk : 100mhz" with a flashing cursor below the z in mhz. i cant enter the bios by pressing delete, presumably becasue the keyboard hasnt been detected yet. it just sit there with a flashing cursor, i cant do anything to it.

from a friends advice, ive tried resetting the bios using the jumper switches and it made no difference. ive also checked the memory, and tried many different combinations.

I really do have no idea about this, im totally lost.


Mobo: NMC 7VAX (slot A)
CPU: Slot A Athlon 750
Memory: 224mb. 124mb X 1, 64mb X 1, 32mb X1, all P100
Graphics: Geforce 2 mx
Sound: Gamesurround fortissimo 2

original mobo was an EP-7KXA which failed and was replaced with the identical NMC 7VAX. the CPU was also upgraded from a athlon 650 to a 750 at the same time as the motherboard.

please help if you can


A:Bios, mobo and memory problems

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I updated my BIOS through windows using MSI's Live Update 6 software and it has been stuck on this screen for about 30 minutes...
Is this normal? I'm scared to reboot it because I'm concerned about getting stuck in a possible boot loop.
Any ideas?

A:MSI Mobo BIOS Updating Through Windows...

If you reboot, and the BIOS is in fact corrupt, you won't get stuck in a boot loop.

You will get stuck with no-POST, much worse than a boot loop.

What is the model of your motherboard? I can find its internal technicians manual and find out if there is a disaster recovery method. Sometimes they're very easy to perform.

Don't reboot that computer until I find out first, just in case the chip was erased but not flashed, or returns a bad checksum.

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Hi I would like to know how to find out what type pf MOBO I have and how to update the bios...i have newer hardware in an older comp and I think it might help it all work better...Good idea or No...thanks

A:MoBo type and Updating bios

Easiest way to find out the mobo make and model is to look at it.

Usually the data is printed on the mobo between the PCI slots.

Only flash the BIOS if you are correcting a problem that the motherboard maker has identified and issued a bIOS update for. There is a reasonably significant chance that a BIOS flash will fail and leave you with a permanently non-working motherboard.

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I have picked up a fairly old PC with an Intel desktop mainboard and the bios is not accessible with the usual "delete" at boot up . I believe there is a switch on the board that i need to activate. I cannot find one - please does anyone know what i should be looking for and where about it might be positioned. Thx for any help.

A:Enabling BIOS with Intel Mobo

It might as well be insert or F2 key that you have to press. The manual will help.

I really doubt th switch on the mobo thing. It would be ridiculous to force people to open up their computers (voiding the warranty) to change a BIOS setting.

A neat trick is to boot the computer without the keyboard to make the BIOS display an error message and tell you what key to press to get into setup.

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I have just purchased and installed a new intel d845wn mobo with a 1.7ghz P4, it all works fine but i cannot get into the BIOS.
The manual says hit F2 but that dosent seem to work.

Any Ideas?


A:How to enter BIOS setup on my new mobo

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I've acquired new to me but old mobo, Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4, now every time I start up PC or have to reboot I have this BIOS flash screen that does what it does then goes on to load up windows. With my old Asus mobo I didn't have this bios flash screen. Is there a way to disable this? It's just a personal annoyance.

I've searched and found that there is a setting in the BIOS to do just that but it's on the newer boards. I've scoured my BIOS settings and just can't seem to find it, if it exists at all for my mobo.

A:mobo bios flash screen

Hello Jimbo,

I looked at your mobo's manual below starting at page 36 chapter 2-1, and I don't see an option to turn the "splash screen' or "Quick Boot" on or off either.

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I have a ASUS K8V mobo with bios problems. I've tried to update it but whenever I start the process it tells me that the board is NOT an ASUS board. I know it is because I bought it new from CompUSA and installed it myself. The update then fails. Right now it's causing problems with sound. I've tried to install the drivers for the sound controller but each time I get a message that tells me "Access is Denied". This even happens when I boot into windows' "safe" mode as administrator. Using the flash utility upon startup is no help either. The utility just says the file I'm trying to update the bios with is not the correct file size and fails. I've tried removing the battery for as long as 30 minutes trying to reset the memory, but to no avail. It still doesn't work. I'm running WinXP Pro with a AMD Athlon processor, 1G memory. Asus is no help at all. I'll never buy another ASUS board as this one is a replacement for the first one I had, and now it's failing. Can someone help me solve this?

A:Asus mobo bios problem

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I seem to remember some Asus mobo`s were faked, although I can`t remember when this was or what models were affected. whether this is the source of your problem I don`t know.

Run the free Everest programme from HERE and see what details it gives you for your mobo. Then, check the results with the Asus site.

The only other thing I can suggest is you RMA the board.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Anyone know where I can get the latest bios and chipset drivers for my mobo? Its an Intel Grantsdale-G i915g that came with my Gateway... Also, does it change automatically when I DL them or do I have to do something?

A:BIOS/chipset drivers for mobo

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Hi folks,

I have an ASUS M2N-SLI deluxe mobo. I decided to update from bios version 1102 to the latest (1302 or something like that). For some damn reason, when I started flashing the bios using ASUSUpdate, the computer froze while erasing the EEPROM information. After waiting 15 minutes, I became convinced that the machine crashed while flashing, and I restarted, and as expected, there's no bios, so the machine does not post.

Does anyone have any home solutions to fix this particular problem, or is my only option to send the motherboard back to ASUS?

Thanks, and have a Happy New Year.

A:Help! Bad Bios Flash...Mobo Bricked?

BIOS Auto-Recovery Tool

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I just put my first build together about a month ago and i couldent quite figure out how to flash the bios. i downloaded the Drivers from EVGA's website but im pertty sure that it did not even touch the bios.

can anyone give me a suggestion?

A:Need Help Updating my Bios on my EVGA mobo

Most of the time when you flash the bios, you need to transfer them to a 3.5 floppy disk. Then stick the disk in the A drive, shut it down and restart. When it reboots, it will go into DOS momentarily and flash the bios. It should then reboot, at which time you need to remove the disk. It should then restart in the normal mode. Even though EVGA has a program built into the motherboard utilities to download and flash in Windows mode, sometimes the bios just won't flash correctly OR the bios just won't catch. I had an EVGA 590 SLI and had the same problem. The program just wouldn't work directly from the internet or by saving the file in Windows. I had to transfer to a disk and flash the bios as above. One of the best utilities for flashing the bios in Windows has to be ASUS. Since I upgraded my board, I've upgraded the bios 2 revisions and haven't had a problem as of yet. ASUS rocks!!

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I am looking at ASUS' support, and am planning to flash my BIOS to an updated version, as I have exhausted all other attempts at stabilizing my system.

The instructions tell me to make a boot floppy. As there is no logical way for me to do this, as my board does not have a floppy cable present, this proves impossible. Anyone flashed the BIOS on an ASUS M4 series? Tips?

A:BIOS flash - ASUS MoBo

Have a look Here and see if the info helps

It's relating to creating a boot cd instead of using a floppy


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I installed a new ASRock 4CoreDual-VSTA mobo with a Pentium D 2.8 ghz 915 CPU and a new Radeon X1650 Video card.
I have a yellow ! at PCI to PCI Bridge Controller with error 35 (Not enough information in the Bios - update etc.)
I have rec'd. no response from ASRock and find no bios update for this problem.
I have no sound and my sound properties say "sound board may be in use".
I assume these are realted problems.
I can't be the only one who has had this problem with the board.
Do I have a faulty board or is there a bios update or some other cure?
I have Windows XP home.

A:4CoreDual-VSTA mobo bios

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