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CMOS reset???

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December 3, 2001 6:36:07 AM

this is quite strange..and i can only think of one reason for this, but i will let you guys come up with your own reasons.
i was helping my friend take his computer out to his car just a few minutes ago...
so, i just left my computer on, as always.
well, i came back from doing that...and my computer had gone into standby.
well, when i moved the mouse to bring it back up, the screen was black, with a blue bar at the top, and then it came back...not the usual way that it comes back.
well, i said, maybe there was just some error.
so i continued on my way.
i opened up explorer, which had closed. and i couldnt load any pages...
odd it thought.
well, i decided maybe it was time to restart the comp.
well, when it did that, the bios auto detected the drives, and then gave me the error that the bios gives when it has been updated, or when the battery is dead.
i had to reset all the settings i had changed.
and the time, and date...
and then when i booted back into windows..all is fine!
i would say what i think it is, but i dont want to spoil your responses with my jibba jabba...
for those who dont know....
ECS K7S5A (this is the first problem i have had with THIS board)
900 Athlon
256 megs 2100 ddr
40 gig maxtor d740x ata-133
panasonic 40x cdrom
mitsumi floppy drive
350w psu
anyone have any ideas what could have caused this!?!?

-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-

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December 3, 2001 6:42:07 AM

You don't have a surge protection do you ?
I'm thinking power spike of some kind !

Danny
December 3, 2001 6:48:07 AM

nope...got a pretty decent surge protector...the beefiest belkin strip i could buy...and it is protecting....

-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
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December 3, 2001 6:48:56 AM

er, should i say, the light that tells you if it is protecting is still on, and when it gets a surge, that light turns off, so that you know to reset it.

-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
December 3, 2001 7:04:42 AM

I was thinking "power management" and noticed you did'nt mark the os you have.
Still this thing has me beat.

Danny
December 3, 2001 7:26:49 AM

win98se..
i turned off the power management after this happened, just in case...


-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
December 3, 2001 5:51:36 PM

Quote:
"...well, when it did that, the bios auto detected the drives, and then gave me the error that the bios gives when it has been updated, or when the battery is dead.
i had to reset all the settings i had changed.
and the time, and date...
and then when i booted back into windows..all is fine!..."

Just in case it might help you troubleshoot your problem.
One day one of our dual-processor 440BX Tyan boxes at my previous work began to give similar intermittent problems and also "checksum error"...

I bought a $10 used but good power supply from the nearest shop and it solved the problem.
December 3, 2001 6:41:02 PM

computer has only done this once...and hasnt done it since.
it was the most random thing ever...
it could be that tho...but i dont think it is...never know.

-DAvid

-Live, Learn, then build your own computer!-
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