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Hangs on "Checking NVRAM"

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March 31, 2012 2:23:36 PM

I have the following system.
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Intel PENTIUM E2160 DUAL CORE PROCESSOR 1.00
INTEL STANDARD PROCESSOR COOLING FAN
ASROCK CONROE 1333 MOTHERBOARD
2GB (2x1GB) DDR-2 667MHZ PC-5400
320GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB CACHE (HIGH PERFORMANCE)
20X DVD-RW DUAL LAYER
227MB INTEL VIDEO ACCELERATOR (ONBOARD)
6-CHANNEL DIGITAL SOUND ONBOARD
10/100 ETHERNET ONBOARD
ROSEWILL MID-TOWER ATX (BLACK)
OKIA A-POWER 450 WATT POWER SUPPLY
103 Keys PS2 Basic Keyboard (Black)
I-MICRO 800dpi PS/2 Optical Mouse (Black)
SUPER TALENT 2.0 Channel Multimedia Speaker System (Black)
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When I try to boot up I get the following output.
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AMIBIOS(c) 2005 American Mergatrends, Inc.
Wolgdale1333-D667 BIOS P1.10
CPU : Genuine Intel (R) CPU 2160 @ 1.80 GHz
Speed : 1.80 GHz

Press F2 to run Setup
Press F11 for Boot Menu
2040MB OK
Auto-Detecting SATAII 1 ... IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting IDE1 Master.APAPI CDROM
Auto-Detecting IDE1 Slave...Not Detected
SATAII 1 : WDC WD32000AAKS-00YGA0 12.01C01
uLTRAdma mODE-5 , S.M.A.R.T. Capable but Disabled
IDEq Master: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S202N SB01
Ultra DMA Mode-4

Checking NVRAM..
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At this point it just hangs indefinitely and does not respond to F2 or F11. I opened up the PC and removed and replaced a circular battery but it made no difference except when I first started to turn it on again, in which case I got
Checking NVRAM..Update OK!
I had info.about the date not being there as well. But it hung andnext time I restarted the PC, I got what I show above.

Any assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Peter

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April 1, 2012 8:05:39 PM

I tried replacing the battery and the memory. It made no difference except that I got "Update OK!" after "checking NVRAM" when I changed the total amount of memory.

Thanks,
Peter.
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