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Computer won't boot past BIOS

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November 8, 2009 6:10:20 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm having a little trouble with my PC... I hope I've come to the right place. I left my computer in "suspend" last night, and when I sat in front of it this morning, it was frozen at my BIOS screen. Each time I try to restart it, it goes straight to that screen. I can't even access my BIOS settings (pressing keyboard buttons doesn't work). Nothing changed when I placed my XP disk in the ROM drive.

I'm using an ASUS mobo and AMD processor. (Sorry, I can't recall the particular models right now.) I have not changed any hardware or software recently.

Does this sound like a motherboard issue?

I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions!

Thanks,
Chris

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November 8, 2009 6:14:17 PM

Try unplugging the PSU from the wall for about 5 minutes.
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November 9, 2009 5:12:33 AM

Wow! That worked... but why?

Thanks a ton, badge.

Cheers,
Chris
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November 9, 2009 6:40:14 AM

Discharging the power ro the MB allowed the CMOS to reset BIOS defaults.
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November 9, 2009 11:59:20 PM

Hmmm... okay. Do you have any idea how I could avoid this problem in the future?

Cheers,
Chris
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November 10, 2009 12:26:25 AM

In my experience, it's a characteristic of ASUS's AMI BIOS. I have experienced it when flashig the BIOS on occasion. Usually just unplugging the PSU solves the CMOS resetting issue. If not, a reset of the CMOS jumper with the battery removed will do it.
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November 10, 2009 1:02:25 AM

Alright, great. You've been very helpful!

Thanks again,
Chris
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