So I purchased a Biostar A780L3C mobo for a finance machine at work. Installed a 3Ghz Athlon X4, 8GB XMS3 RAM into a pre-existing (albeit extremely old) case that has a 350W PSU and a standard CD-R drive.
When I first booted it up in hopes to install Windows 7 Professional I kept being taken to the "Hardware Monitor..." POST screen. After a few attempts I managed to get it a bit further to the BIOS Flasher Utility. No error messages, just stuck at this screen. Me and my colleague decided to try a couple of different HDDs (SATA and IDE) in the hope that booting from CD will let me choose the HDD to install upon. Again, taken to the hardware monitor and/or BIOS Flasher Utility.
So we decided to try every available option; we reset the CMOS, installed a new BIOS file through the aforementioned utility and essentially tried everything we could think of. (Which I now believe has ruined absolutely everything and broken the mobo).
Also, now when I boot up and the Pre-boot menu comes up, it says CMOS Settings Wrong and CMOS Date/Time Not Set. However if I try to set the time in the BIOS menu and save, it doesn't change anything!
If I choose at the Pre-boot menu to "Press F2 to load default values and continue". Then another command line shows up saying "Checking NVRAM..." which literally does nothing, and will hang like this indefinitely (longest wait approx. 3 hours).
Basically my questions are:
1) Have I done something wrong in installation? (Probably)
2) Is there anything I can do to completely reset my mobo? (Obviously tried clearing CMOS etc)
and 3) Can anyone help me?
Yes if I change the date and time in the BIOS setup, then F10 to save and exit. If I reset I still get the CMOS Settings Wrong command line in the pre-boot menu and if I go back into BIOS the date has reverted back too it's default (07/31/12)