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Bios not booting after hard drive format

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March 23, 2011 5:06:54 PM

I recently had to wipe my wife's hard drive after she had loaded some "windows" programs (they were NOT windows programs, and jacked her computer). I took the hard drive out of the case, formatted it on my computer, then stuck it back in her case. Unfortunately, I forgot to set it to boot from CD and when I powered it up I got nothing, no bios at all, and it would not boot from the Windows disc. Seeing that I am not getting any BIOS at start up, is there something wrong with the motherboard itself? I may be showing my ignorance but this is how we all learn...any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated.

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 6:39:28 PM

Try removing the BIOS battery from the mobo for a while (a few seconds) and put it back in in order to reset:
http://i.imgur.com/gGMqF.gif

LE Power off the PC first.
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March 23, 2011 8:00:06 PM

Removing the mobo bios battery didnt work, I get the same results when powering up. I hear the HDD winding up, everything else is running...no video problems...anyone else have any ideas?
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March 23, 2011 8:02:13 PM

Does the screen show anything at all?
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March 23, 2011 8:03:49 PM

Nope totally blank. Very Perplexing.
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March 23, 2011 8:04:57 PM

What MB is it, and does it beep after power up?
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March 23, 2011 8:08:08 PM

it does beep once, and it's a gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2P.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 8:11:41 PM

Disconnect and reconnect the monitor.
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March 23, 2011 8:13:09 PM

ok let me try that real quick. I disconnected it once to pull the bios battery out but i'
ll try it again. btw thanks a ton for your help~
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March 23, 2011 8:14:03 PM

If it beeps once, it should be all good. Try hitting the Delete key a couple times before it beeps.
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March 23, 2011 8:14:58 PM

nope still no signal
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March 23, 2011 8:16:52 PM

Are you positive the monitor works?
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 8:16:58 PM

Power off the monitor and then on again, it looks like the PC is running but you have no video. Do you have a dedicated video card or you're running an onboard one? Try some other video port for the monitor. Do you have some other monitor to test the PC with?
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March 23, 2011 8:17:24 PM

also rebooted, tried hitting delete as it powered up, no bios. Argh. Looking like a toughie here.
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March 23, 2011 8:18:51 PM

Did you bump any cables while moving the PC around?
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March 23, 2011 8:19:24 PM

the video card is dedicated, an older gigabyte 8600 (or something like that). It had onboard video however. Let me disconnect the card and see if it boots into bios.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 8:25:34 PM

Try to get another monitor, we must rule that one out. If no success, it must be the video card.
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March 23, 2011 8:25:43 PM

BINGO! Duh. The video card went out. LOL not more than a year old too. Thanks a TON for the help my friend.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 8:26:35 PM

Does your mobo have a video port for the monitor? If it does try that one too.
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March 23, 2011 8:28:50 PM

Atleast you have onboard video as a back-up
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 23, 2011 8:31:09 PM

Oops, yep he has one, forgot to google his mobo and see. If the video card is 1 y.o. it should have warranty or something.
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