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Help! Computer booting to BIOS

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
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    My Mother's computer is suddenly acting up.

    Upon booting, it goes directly into the BIOS and
    stops.

    I have to go and hit F10 to save ficticious changes
    and then it boots into XP.

    Any reason why the computer is suddenly doing this
    and anything I can do to prevent it?

    Thanks in advance for the assistance
     
  2. Christ Reynolds

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    try resetting the battery inside. you may need the manual, but it should reset the bios to factory specs.

    also might want to download hiren's bootcd and the ultimate bootcd and scan for viruses. both CDs are invaluable. if it will boot to a cd, scan for viruses. if not, try resetting the battery.

    CJ
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Let me ask you....

    Could it be the batterty is dead?

    The computer is at least 5 years old and
    has never had the battery replaced.

    I noticed the time and date in the BIOS were
    screwed up.

    If you think it is the battery, what type does
    it take? I have a spare CR2032 but not certain
    that is the type.

    Thanks
     
  4. Patrick_S

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    From what you have reported it very well could be the battery.
     
  5. Aaron Gould

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    I agree; it sounds suspiciously like a near-dead battery. A life of five years is a bit short, but I've seen them go in that time before.

    In my experience, motherboard batteries are usually model CR2032 or CR2025 (The difference being charge capacity).

    Most batteries have the model number engraved on the visible (upward facing) side, so looking directly at it should give you that information.
     
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    You could also have a keyboard failing causing spurious signals at startup.
     
  7. Patrick Sun

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    Another thing that can stall the POST is having a USB external hard drive connected to the PC.
     
  8. Mike_J_Potter

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    Also check to make sure all the drives are working in the PC. I have seen bios related issues like that when a drive fails. But my money would be on the bios battery.
     
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Guys,

    Thanks for all the help.

    Actually, it seems it was the battery.

    It makes sense. Computer is 5 years old and
    that battery has never been replaced.

    I replaced it and all seems to be working well.
     
  10. Christ Reynolds

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    in most computers, the battery never has to be replaced. glad to see it fixed your problem.
     

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