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Troubleshooting assistance please

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October 16, 2001 10:40:27 PM


I need some assistance determining if the problems I'm experiencing are CPU or motherboard related. That's as far as I could narrow it down.
I have a p4-1.5Ghz and a TH7-RAID board. The current issue is constant lockups on my system, occurring most frequently in games, and I play many. Inside a game, I cannot play for more than fifteen monutes without a lockup. I know this is a hardware issue, because lockups have occurred during the post, prior to windows loading. Also, I have received error messages that "the CPU is unworkable or has been changed," and some messages that "the CMOS checksum is invalid, defaults loaded." My clock resets itself to January 1st 2000 whenever the CMOS message comes up. Basically, I can't get ahold of another P4 to test if the processor is bad, and I'm not too sure the processor can corrupt the CMOS anyway. Anyone have any ideas? Is a virus a possibility and how would I detect it and clean it?

Thanks in advance

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October 16, 2001 11:12:10 PM

Make sure all your jumpers are correct, for one. Sounds like something might be put wrong. It could also be a PSU issue, what kind do you have?

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October 16, 2001 11:18:26 PM

Well, in true Abit form, the motherboard is jumperless. Problems began occurring after the system had been up and running well for a month, and I hadn't changed any piece of hardware except the hard drive, which was up for a week prior to the problems. I'm also not sure what PSU means. Could you clarify? Thanks
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October 17, 2001 1:07:42 AM

PSU = Power Supply Unit

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October 17, 2001 2:04:51 AM

If you can coppy down erro message and go to and place it in the search you might find out if somebody else has had same problem. I do not think it is a power supply issue ussally power supply problem are more predictable.
October 17, 2001 6:25:51 AM

bad battery on the mobo maybe? do you have the lastest bios? are you loading bios defaults?

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October 17, 2001 2:44:23 PM

probabely a bad CMOS battery, replace it.

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