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CMOS Settings Wrong / CMOS Memory Size Wrong

Question: CMOS Settings Wrong / CMOS Memory Size Wrong

Hey guys, I'm a total idiot.Just got hit by some odd Trojan 'cus I suck at internets, it appeared on my screen like it was installing, I immediately cut the power off, (yeah, I know, BAD IDEA,) but I was in panic. So as I turn my computer on, it counts my RAM, blah blah blah, and then it gives me some odd message. It says:CMOS Settings WrongCMOS Memory Size WrongPress F1 to go to SetpPress F2 for Default ValuesOr something alike the lines of that. I press F2 to see my Windows boot screen and I smile in joy, hoping I got through without any damage, as the boot screen dissapear and I expect my logon screen to appear my screen is suddenly covered by a grid of purple and green rectabgles, my screen goes black for a while and it finally logs in.I've been able to boot into my Widnows this way succesfully, (if you can call it that,) 4 times now, every time I get in my clock has been reset and the date is set to somewhere around April 2003. Also since this started it keeps wanting to update Windows XP (KB896428) even though I have done it several times now. It's like my computer resets to what it was long before. Plus, at certain websites I'm not able to log in, I'm bounced back to the log in page, this happened after I deleted my Cookies, is this related or a whole 'nother matter?Anyways---I'm seriously afraid something is horribly wrong with my computer, and that's probably the case, so does anyone have info on what this might be? And what a solution might be?

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Answer: CMOS Settings Wrong / CMOS Memory Size Wrong

Replace the CMOS battery...as always when working inside the case remove all power sources first and take the neccessary anti-static precautions...Part # CR 2032 available just about anywhere.

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Hi, When I switched on my computer (Win98SE) I got a message saying "CMOS settings wrong" & "CMOS memory size wrong" I pressed F1 and changed the clock ( it was saying october 16, 2001 ) and now things appear to be okay. What happened to change the settings and memory size? How can I fix this? Thanks a lot.

Jason

Answer:"CMOS settings wrong" & "CMOS memory size wrong" messages

Probably empty battery, or somebody reset the BIOS.

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My PC left unused for over a month, when I turned it on today, the screen read after three short beep sounds:

CMOS Battery Low
CMOS Memory Size Wrong

While I shut it down and restarted again, it said:

CMOS Settings Wrong
CMOS Memory Size Wrong

The system restore could be set back to an earlier date, while safe mode was O.K. But I just wasn't able to go into the Windows welcome page. The last time I used my PC was perfect, and it didn't have any problem for several years.

I'd appreciate very much if anyone who can tell me what happened?

Answer:Why "CMOS Memory Size, Settings Wrong?"

My first guess is that your CMOS battery on your motherboard is dead and just needs replaced. Open up your computer case and locate the CMOS battery. It's a large watch battery, usually about the size of a quarter, and is silver. Once you find it, pry it out and take it to Radio Shack or somewhere similar to get the same battery. Pop the new one in and see if that fixes it.



Here's an example, the silver disk towards the top is what you're looking for.

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I am using Windows XP which has been getting stuck when booting up. I get;AMD Athlon (tm) Processor - 1200 MhzChecking NVRAM393216KB OK (16MB shared memory size used)WaitCMOS Memory Size WrongPress F1 to run SETUPPress F2 to load default values & continue.I have been pressing F2 and everything appears to work, only to happen again the next time!I also noticed yesterday that the date and time had changed by itself.Any help gratefully received but keep it basic please!!!ThanksFizz

Answer:CMOS Memory Size Wrong

by replacing the CMOS battery, or even by resetting the CMOS state. The battery is the round silver one that's about the size of a 10p coin - usually it's a CR2025 type, and available from pretty well any supermarket's bettery stand. Just open the computer's case and take a look at the motherboard - the battery is very easy to spot. Just ease it out of its retaining clips and slip the new one in - make sure to get it the same way up as the old one.Alternatively you could slip out the existing battery, wait for a couple of minutes and slip it back again. This action will drain the CMOS state and when you boot you should automatically load the default. Best to put in a new battery while the case is open though.If that doesn't fix the problem come back here for a rethink.

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I went to turn on the computer and was getting this error CMOS Memory size wrong Press F1 to go into setup Press F2 to load setup defaults. I was unable to load defaults and when tried to go into setup it just went to a blank screen. So I tried replacing the CMOS battery and now I cannot get that far. It turns on you here the fans and the power lights on the panel and DVDís but itís like in a loop the light come on the DVDís then extinguish then about 20 seconds later lights come back on. I am getting no picture, I have tried reseeding the battery and discharging the CMOS and nothing. Does any one have any other ideas?
 

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Dear experts, I run  a small business from home, today my main computer wouldn't boot up, I checked the error messages and it tells me that the CMOS settings are wrong and also that the CMOS memory size is wrong, I am not that computer literate and every time something like this goes wrong it costs me money that right now I cant afford, the operating system is XP, please could one of you wise people tell me what I need to do to put the problem right ?, a mugs guide would be appreciated step by step preferably, failing that do I need to get the computer seen by an engineer ?, I do hope note as I am officially signed of work with anxiety and depression and don't need too much extra stress or hasle at the moment.

Answer:CMOS Settings & CMOS memory size on XP please help.

Post the exact wording of the on-screen messages, please.  And tell us exactly when they appear onscreen.
 
Thanks .
 
Louis

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My computer is fairly new, but just out of the blue it decided to not let me turn it on. I get a black screen with a bunch of words, the ones I noticed are: CMOS Settings wrong, and CMOS Memory size wrong. Then it has press F1 to run set up or press F2 to load default values and continue. I understand this may have something to do with a battery, but I cant see it being dead already, Iíve only had the computer for two months if that. Just wondering if there is something else I can try before opening it up and changing a battery. If you can help, I thank you!
 

Answer:CMOS settings wrong?

try going into your bios (usually hit f2 or del)...and choose the option to restore your bios to default config
 

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as a follow on from my 'Bat Checksum' probs (sorted by getting a new mother board battery) My computer is complaining:CMOS Settings WrongCMOS Memory Size Wrong.This happens on the first screen at startup (i'm on win2k)I havn't been fiddling with the CMOS settings and apart from the new battery havn't installed any new bits of kit or software.Is there anything I can do to get the CMOS settings right?thanksAndrew

Answer:CMOS settings wrong

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i have a problem later with my pc, a message pop up when i open it, "cmos settings wrong".i already reformat it and buy new cmos battery.i can use my pc. but the only problem is everytime i open my pc this message show. what should i do? thanks in advance

Answer:cmos settings wrong

Replace the battery...againIve seen them dead out of the package....Report back with the results.

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Since I reinstall win XP home a few months ago, on each first bootup it stops on black screen saying:-
1. Cmos Settings Wrong
2. Sett Date & Time
3. F1 for setup
4. F2 st default values & continue
I did all the above several times, but the same thing happens on next bootup from cold, it starts normally on a REstart.
Can it be corrected somehow? ...........thanx .....nick
 

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I have recently installed a new power supply due to the fact that the other one had seen the light. Now when I try to start up the system, the POST test is just fine but then I get the message that there is a CMOS setting wrong. (See picture) The system boots in windows and everything looks okay except the fact that my mouse and keyboard are not working. Any advice on whats going on?
 

Answer:CMOS settings wrong

Did you try setting the bios to default? Or removing cmos battery for about 5 secs. ? This might reset the bios for you. This may resolve your problem. If not post back.
 

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HELP !!Since I unplugged my hard drive, to get to the floppy, my pc wont start up properly -- i get 3 beeps & the following appears on screenchecking nvramcheck system health ok524288kbwait...cmos settings wrongpres f1 to run set uppress f2 to load default values and continuehowever... the keyboard isnt working - num caps & scroll buttons just flash so cant do f1 or 2- havei blown m board !?

Answer:cmos settings wrong

...a) did you put the HDD cable back the right way round? Ribbon cable has a red line down one side which [usually] sits next to the power plug.b) Check ALL cables on the mother board. It's dead easy to dislodge one or more without noticing. Been there! Done that!Make sure everything is tight!Luck!!

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Hi, I just finished my first build!When I power it up, it checks NVRAM and some more things, until it stops saying that the CMOS Settings are wrong, it gives me two options, F1 to SETUP and F2 to load default settings, but thats not the problem, it won't recognize the keyboard, so I can't fix the problem.I tried with a Micro-USB to USB keyboard, no luck. I tried with a USB keyboard, no luck again. Maybe I have to use a PS/2 keyboard? Thanks in advance!

Answer:CMOS Settings Wrong

There should be a BIOS cmos jumper or button on main board to reset it back to default. Or you can remove the 2032 battery and wait about 30 seconds and then reinstall the battery and everything then should work unless you have a deeper hardware problem.

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Hi,
My partner has Windows 2000 Pro installed and when she went to start up this message came up CMOS Settings Wrong. Also had lost some time on the clock. Was wondering if it was the battery and if it is where is it and how do you change and reset.
Thanks for any help.
John
 

Answer:CMOS Settings Wrong.

On the motherboard you will see a battery like in a watch but larger (usually) I would say that the battery needs replacing....take it out take it with you to any PC store and get a replacement..their not expensive...Put it in and restart the PC.
 

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Sigh, back for another problem.

PC is about 2 months old now. About 2 weeks ago I started receiving an error
message while booting up. Very shortly after I boot up the PC, I receive a black
screen that points to "CMOS Settings Wrong" "Date/Time not set".

Press F1 to run SETUP, Press F2 to load default values and continue. Or something like that. At first I just pressed F2, it booted up normally, except my date and time were wrong. Went ahead and fixed it, np. A few days and some restarts later (doesn't do it during EVERY restart, but definitely some), I boot up and get the same message. This time I hit F1 and put in the correct date and time. I hit the save hotkey and it boots up normally with the time and date I just entered, np.

Basically, same problem, a few restarts or so days later, same thing all over again, regardless of if I F2 or F1. Most of them were normal restarts, nothing strange, although this time I was playing CoD: MW2 when the game froze up/sound skipping, so I turned the PC off, tried to turn the PC back on, and nothing... I know the mobo had power, the mobo light was on. Although pushing the power button did nothing.. I turned off the back power switch, replugged the power plug, turned the power switch back on, the mobo light lit back up, pushed the power button on the front, nothing... Tried this for a lil while with no luck. Ended up going to watch some TV, then I heard the boot sound and it had booted back up.

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Answer:CMOS Settings Wrong

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Deathgazer


Sigh, back for another problem.

PC is about 2 months old now. About 2 weeks ago I started receiving an error
message while booting up. Very shortly after I boot up the PC, I receive a black
screen that points to "CMOS Settings Wrong" "Date/Time not set".

Press F1 to run SETUP, Press F2 to load default values and continue. Or something like that. At first I just pressed F2, it booted up normally, except my date and time were wrong. Went ahead and fixed it, np. A few days and some restarts later (doesn't do it during EVERY restart, but definitely some), I boot up and get the same message. This time I hit F1 and put in the correct date and time. I hit the save hotkey and it boots up normally with the time and date I just entered, np.

Basically, same problem, a few restarts or so days later, same thing all over again, regardless of if I F2 or F1. Most of them were normal restarts, nothing strange, although this time I was playing CoD: MW2 when the game froze up/sound skipping, so I turned the PC off, tried to turn the PC back on, and nothing... I know the mobo had power, the mobo light was on. Although pushing the power button did nothing.. I turned off the back power switch, replugged the power plug, turned the power switch back on, the mobo light lit back up, pushed the power button on the front, nothing... Tried this for a lil while with no luck. Ended up going to watch some TV,... Read more

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hi there everyoneone of my computers is getting the message CMOS settings wrong everytime it boots. any ideas? it's a three years old pc and all the components are 3 years old as well, no new hardware.

Answer:cmos settings wrong

CMOS battery needs replacing? read the mobo manual on how to

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Please bear with me, I know next to nothing about computers. When I started my computer today a screen popped up that said American Megatrends CMOS settings wrong.

I combed through numerous threads and videos on YouTube. I changed the cmos battery, hit F2, then F3 & F4 as recommended in a video, but nothing seems to fix the problem.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what might remedy this problem!
 

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When i start my computer, i get an error that says "CMOS Settings Wrong F1 settings F2 load defaults and contiune to load windows" Everytime i start the computer my clock and cmos setting all go back to default settings. I thought it was my cmos battery, but i replaced it, and i get the same thing!? Any Ideas?
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Cmos Settings Wrong?

Did you go into to BIOS and reset the defaults?

Try that and see what happens...

It may be a problem with a device...try removing all cards except the video and see what happens!

Good Luck!
 

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everytime i open my computer i encounter this error "CMOS Setting Wrong", press F1 to run SETUP, Press F2 to load default values and continue... im doing this for a year already i kept on searching in the internet hoping to find a good solution but i failed...any body can help? i tried to change the BIOS setting already and change the CMOS battery.. well.. after i change the battery it seems its ok but after 1 day it will pop up back the error.. pls.. help me to solve this problem... ty
 

Answer:CMOS settings wrong F1 to run setup

Does it happen to say anything more specific? Like which CMOS setting is wrong? Some computer complain even when you change the peripherals like remove a PS/2 mouse.

What if you actually press F1, load the defaults in there and save the settings? There may be several kinds of defaults you can load.

If it still keeps forgetting the settings even after replacing the battery (with a new one I hope (and the new battery is the right type and is making contact)), then it may be the motherboard that has gone bad. Not much you can do about that.

Maybe try updating the system BIOS in the very unlikely case that it is some BIOS glitch that corrupts the settings..
 

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Everytime I boot my pc up i am getting a black screen which says 'CMOS Settings Wrong' and gives me several options, however, only 'F1 to run Set up' works. The other options such as F2 to load default value and continue, fails to work.

Once i press F1, a blue 'Ambios New Set up Utility' screen appears which allows me to change date and time but I cannot escape the page apart from going back to the Set up and choosing Ssve and Esc. Then the machine boots up normally and works fine, until I switch off and on again.

Any ideas?

Answer:'CMOS Settings Wrong' on start up

I suggest you replace the cmos battery. Let's see if that fixes it.

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I HAVE CHANGED MY BATTERY BUT WHEN I RESTART MY COMPUTER EVERY TIME THE TIME AND CMOS SETTINGS GO WRONG AND USB 2.0 WILL GET DISABLED.CAN U SUGGEST A SOLUTION FOR THIS????

Answer:I HAVE CHANGED BATTERY OF PC BUT STILL CMOS SETTINGS GOES WRONG

CAN U SUGGEST A SOLUTION FOR THIS????
You can turn off caps lock for a start.
Did you replace the battery with the correct one?
Did you put it in the correct way round?
What motherboard have you?

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Im fixing a pc for mother In law as it reboots and when it starts up it saysCMOS SETTINGS WRONGPRESS F1 TO RUN SETUPPRESS F2 TO LOAD DEFAULT VALUES AND CONT.What are CMOS SETTINGS????????

Answer:CMOS SETTINGS WRONG WINDOWS 98SE?

Short for complementary metal oxide semiconductor. It stores the time and date. Put a new battery in the motherboard.

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Question: CMOS setting Wrong

hi there, i am a noobie when it comes to CMOS. Recently whenever i start my computer, the startup screen will display CMOS setting wrong and time not set correctly. And i will be prompt to go to setup page to set the timing before starting the Window XP. Why is this so? Can someone help me? Thanks in advance.

Answer:CMOS setting Wrong

It sounds very much as if the CMOS battery is needing replacement.

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Question: Cmos Setting Wrong

What does it mean when the screen that comes up before windows xp comes up... the black screen that tells you about your system comes up with a message like this

CMOS settings wrong
CMOS memory size wrong

What does this mean? How did it get this way cause I never made changes, and how can i make adjustments. When I hit F1 to enter set up it brings me to the standard CMOS set up. The date is January 21, 2003. I seem unable to change the date. On exit and continuing on to windows and opening up to my section, the clock is wrong as well as the date... it also reads January 2005. Can someone help me make the appropriate changes to my computer CMOS?
 

Answer:Cmos Setting Wrong

Sounds like your battery is getting weak. Pick up a new one and put it in. Take the old one with you so you get the right one. After you put it in go into the bios check your settings, then exit and save. Suggest you go into bios and write down the settings before you remove the battery
 

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Ok, first off thanks in advance for any advice that you can give me.My mate has reset his Motherboard CMOS because his Windows XP installation was reseting itself (might have been a virus) all the time and now whenever he tries to boot up all he gets is a black screen and nothing else. He's asked me to take a look at it for him but I'm stuck for ideas on how to recover his machine for him.Best RegardsMac

Answer:CMOS reset gone wrong

Check for any beeps. click hereEnsure that the graphics card has not got dislodged (unlikely I think...).

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Question: Wrong Cmos Setting

    Hi Everyone,I NEED HELP i got a WRONG CMOS SETTING everytime i  unplug my pc from power and bootup again. i change a new  cmos battery and clear the cmos but i will show it again.im trying to re install my os but it show it again.WRONG CMOS SETTING.  what does it maens?what problem cause of this?my pc info:MOTHERBORD- asus k8nPROCESSOR  - amd athlon 2.0 VIDEO CARD - ati redeon 9550MEMORY       - DDR1 1G 400  anyone can help me how to fix this problem     regards: loy

Answer:Wrong Cmos Setting

Remove all power...Remove the CMOS battery...Wait 10 minutes...Replace the battery...Re-boot.What new hardware did you put in this machine recently ? ?

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OS win 98SEPC American Megatrends. PIII 450mhzI temporarily removed and reinstalled the motherboard battery to successfully resolve a non- bootup problem.I have now created another problem. When booting up, I am confronted by the following message on screen, it reads: CMOS .Display type wrong.Press 1. To run set up.Press 2. To load default values and continue.No matter which key I press, I get the following message. ENTER CORRECT PASSWORD.What password???As a matter of interest, I have even tried bootup discs to no avail.Any advice or help would be very much appreciated.

Answer:CMOS. Display type wrong???

If you can get into the BIOS try click here

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When I boot my XP system I am getting a "CMOS is wrong" DOS message (during all the other normal DOS startup chatter). What does this mean?

I'm not sure if this is related or not, but I have been having system crashes where the computer would either go to blue screen or go to a black screen which required yanking the power and restarting. Often the system would restart okay without a hitch, yet most recently I am completely down. The bootup process freezes after the typical DOS messages , and freezes on the CMOS message.

I figured if I changed HD's I would be fine. So I am in the process of installing a fresh XP on a new SATA drive. Yet I did still see the CMOS warning when I booted and I'm thinking maybe I'm doing the wrong thing here to fix this problem.

Thank you for your input.
 

Answer:Solved: CMOS is wrong warning?

MB battery needed to be changed. Easy peasy lemon sqweezy!
 

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Hi,
To put if breifly I was wiping the cmos after some trouble I'd had with my PC, I got distracted and when I went back I powered up the computer with the cmos jumper still in the wipe position. It won't boot to windows and seems pretty messed up, anybody know if how I could get around this?? I'm I right in thinking I could flash the bios, I haven't personally done that before so if somebody could speak me through what to do I'd be most appreciative...

Thanks in advance,
CrazyCris
 

Answer:CMOS Jumper In Wrong Place, What To Do?

Have you switched the jumper back to the correct position?

Does the computer POST? Do you hear a beep or see anything on the screen?

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Well I have a 4 year old Sony Vaio desktop and for a while now it consistently displays the wrong time in the windows clock. Several times a week I would have to manually update the time, however it does sometimes keep the correct time. Is this due to the CMOS battery? Or is there anything else that could be happening?
 

Answer:Windows clock is wrong..cmos?

The first thing to do is to look at the CMOS battery to make sure you don't have any corrosion. If some corrosion, try to clean it off and put back in.(Pencil eraser) If no corrosion, then replace it. That's the simplest fix.
There might be something else wrong if the new battery doesn't keep the time updated.
 

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On Boot up past few days Pc kept showing 2004 as year and wrong time - if I manually correct it stays OK while PC is running till next boot up. New CMOS battery just fitted but no better.Anti Vir /Anti Spyware AVG etc seems clean - Not aware if any virus that might cause this behaviour.Any other suggestions, folks?

Answer:New cmos battery -PC shows still wrong time & year

i suppose you have auto syncronise ticked in internet time options?

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Hi.
 
I noticed that in the BIOS the clock is wrong.Not the date or the settings though i've made.Also i run linux on this laptop.The time on linux is correct if it's fetched from the internet.I bought a new cmos battery from lenovo Hellas.It does the same.I must add that the BIOS ver is the latest.
 
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
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Answer:ThinkPad Edge clock is wrong - cmos battery changed

are you connected to the wired ethernet?

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When i on the switch, my cpu automatically start without manual button press and then show error on screen that "cmos setting wrong""Press F1 to Run setup and Press F9 to load default values".What should i do? Plzz Help me..!!

Answer:When i on the switch my cpu automically start and show error "cmos setting wrong

You dont say whether this is a laptop or desktop but either way, if its only just started doing this, it likely that your cmos battery has failed.Re-start and press F1 when to go into the BIOS set up. If the clock settings have gone back to 00:00.00 then the cmos battery is dead.This is an easy fix on a desktop, more difficult on a laptop.

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Athelon 1600xp/ECS K7S5A SiS 735
Amibios Version 1.21.06
[email protected]
The following are my curret settings.....
Normal/SPD/6T/4T
Will changing these settings do any harm. I see alot of other users settings are at Ultra/x/x/x and so on.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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Question: Memory wrong size

I have just recently suffered a pc failure, the system was completely dead.
thought it was the power supply, but it wasn't and then thought it must be the motherboard so went and got the ASUS M3N72-D and same problem no fans no post, so took out all the expansion slots including memory and got post as my friend suggested it could be a video card, and it was, 8500 gt one of two that were SLI.

I reinstalled Vista x86 sp1 int and fully updated through Win update and had some driver issues so had to scrap that install and start over, all the specs looked normal untill my second install then saw system memory went from 2 gigs to 1.7... ? ( 2 one gig OCZ gold DDR2 800) did a third install of Vista and still the same..

went through the BIOS and found nothing had been changed other than I turned the on board video to run Hybrid SLI wich slows my system worse than having just the one 8500 by it's self and lowers the vista score from 5.0 to 4.4 now.

any idea's why the System ram is only reading 1.7 instead of 2 gigs?

I have all the latest drivers from Nvidia and asus

thanks

Answer:Memory wrong size

Hybrid sli on that board is using your graphics card in conjunction with your onboard graphics. The .3 gb of memory missing is being used by onboard graphics.

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Question: wrong memory size

I have a notebook SONY PCG-FX270 that came with Window ME. When I upgraded my operating system to XP Home edition, I can no longer read the exact memory size. The machine only reads the memory size of the memory stick loaded in the first memory slot. I have attempted to update all the software and bios. Unfortunately, I could only find the bios upgrade for win ME. Please help!
 

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Hi. Im a Spanish user of IBM/Lenovo ThinkCentre 8188 KGF. At first i had 1.5 Gb of RAM and I decided to install four ddr400 1gb modules. I quitted all old ones at once and then replaced all modules in one time. At attempting to boot, i got the some beeps but it couldnt boot So I uninstalled the new modules again and reinstalled them one by one, and it worked perfectly detectyng except when the size is bigger than 3gb. In that case, memory checked in the post is 3.25GB (3306 mb or so) instead of 4Gb. I thought it was a BIOS problem so I updated, but i get the same memory size error. Its like it detects a module as a 256 mb (but memtest and other applications shows addresses of full 4gb, but i think it hangs while trying to access them).Im using a NVIDIA FX 5950 AGP and WinXP/Ubuntu 8.10. Both OS says that modules are ok and 1gb each. BIOS Video settings are 4mb aperture size, 64mb System shared memory, and AGP is enabled. BIOS doesn't show any option that says that the on board video card is off, but i think that it is. If i change system shared memory to 256, POST detects 2.75Gb of RAM.Please help.

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Ive got a bit of a head scratcher here. First some background;I was on a quest to upgrade my storage server. Picked up a Pentium III 1ghz for cheap along with a stick of pc133 256mb. This computer was running a PIII 550 overclocked to 616, with 768 mb of ram.I threw the new processor and ram in there, and decided to add a pci bus tweak at the same time, then i turned it on and prayed lol. I allready figured out that the pci bus tweak was the cause of my system instability. But now i have wierd ram problems. The computer came up fine the first time i set it right, and was fine for hours afterwards. But after about 6 hours or so the system will hard freeze, upon reboot it reports a ram size that is a good 2 to 3 times below what it should be. If i restart a few times, I will get sizes anywhere from 2xx, to 6xx mb. If i turn it off for a few minutes, fiddle with the ram a bit, it usualy goes back to reporting its full size again, and will run find untill its next freeze where it will go back to reporting a lower number of ram. I have played with it a bit, switching out pieces of ram. I thought i had a problem stick pointed out and i took it out. But now its back to the same problem again.This old board is fully loaded. Current specs:GA-6BXE (motherboard)Slot 1 Pentium III 1ghz768mb of ram (in 4 slots)AGP - Geforce 4 MX420 64mb Video cardPCI - USB 2.0 CardPCI - Sound CardPCI - SATA/IDE Raid CardPCI - 56k ModemPCI - 10/100mbps NicISA - 10mbps Nic3 IDE HDD's1 IDE CDROM1 SATA H... Read more

Answer:Memory Size Wrong on Boot

Here is a pic of the inards:

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Ive got a bit of a head scratcher here. First some background;

I was on a quest to upgrade my storage server. Picked up a Pentium III 1ghz for cheap along with a stick of pc133 256mb. This computer was running a PIII 550 overclocked to 616, with 768 mb of ram.

I threw the new processor and ram in there, and decided to add a pci bus tweak at the same time, then i turned it on and prayed lol. I allready figured out that the pci bus tweak was the cause of my system instability. But now i have wierd ram problems. The computer came up fine the first time i set it right, and was fine for hours afterwards. But after about 6 hours or so the system will hard freeze, upon reboot it reports a ram size that is a good 2 to 3 times below what it should be. If i restart a few times, I will get sizes anywhere from 2xx, to 6xx mb. If i turn it off for a few minutes, fiddle with the ram a bit, it usualy goes back to reporting its full size again, and will run find untill its next freeze where it will go back to reporting a lower number of ram. I have played with it a bit, switching out pieces of ram. I thought i had a problem stick pointed out and i took it out. But now its back to the same problem again.

This old board is fully loaded. Current specs:

GA-6BXE (motherboard)
Slot 1 Pentium III 1ghz
768mb of ram (in 4 slots)

AGP - Geforce 4 MX420 64mb Video card
PCI - USB 2.0 Card
PCI - Sound Card
PCI - SATA/IDE Raid Card
PCI - 56k Modem
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Answer:Memory Size Wrong on Boot

try puting 512mb in the 1st slot and 256mb in the 2nd slot thats how i solved my ram prob, if u have dual channel. Try doing a memory test and make sure ur memory is the ryt type for your motherboard.

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Hi,

I've recently replaced a defective memory stick in one of my PCs and now it is reading memory size wrongly. The mobo is a POS-MIQ35AF (skt 775), CPU is a C2Q 9550 (2.83 GHz) and I have 4x2GB Kingston KVR DDR2 modules. Instead of reading 8192 MB it's reading 8064 MB. When I left only 2 sticks it reads 4032 MB... The system is working normally with no BSODs, but it's quite wired...

What may be causing that?

Answer:PC reading wrong DDR2 memory size

What does it show in resource monitor under memory tab? It may be subtracting hardware reserved.

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When I had Windows 7 on my laptop my NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M used to have 2112 MBytes memory but now after upgrading to Windows 8.1 and downloading to latest GPU drivers, it only shows 1024 MBytes. I contacted NVIDIA and they said that it has something to do with the BIOS and they recommended contacting Lenovo. What should I do with the BIOS. I tried to see if I could switch to NVIDIA Optimus but didn't find that option there. Here are some pictures. http://i.imgur.com/7hhp8EB.pnghttp://i.imgur.com/eiW3Ddo.jpg 

Answer:Thinkpad T540p NVIDIA GPU showing wrong memory size.

According to http://psref.lenovo.com/Product/64, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M in the T540p only has 1GB memory. 

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Every time I turn my desktop computer on, the fan immediately starts running at 100% and won't stop. And, for example, I shut down the computer and went on a three day vacation and when I turned it back on it was immediately like this, so no, this is not a case of overheating.
 
I have to sit there a play with the computer - usually do several hard shutdowns (which is bad, I know) before I can restart it normally and have it not do that. When it starts up normally, it shuts down normally. When it starts up with the fan at 100%, even when I "shut down" the computer and all the lights go off, the fan still runs!I tried following the instructions on the last post of this page: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/A-M-and-Edge-Series-ThinkCentre/ThinkCentre-M58-Fan-speeds-constantly-10... but I can't even complete them because the back of my computer does not look like that diagram (do I have to remove the metal frame or something?).This is a work computer, we have no IT department, and I don't have all day to work out the problem since I have to, you know, work. I am decent enough around a computer and a diagram, but again, mine doesn't look like that, and I don't even know all the computer jargon in the step-by-step description (which is why I was relying on the non-helpful diagram and did not succeed).
 
I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre and I've been able to find out it's a 7373bwu. I have no idea if that means it's an M58 or not. Again, not helpless around a computer bu... Read more

Answer:M57 M58: Fan runs on high, at 100% ; how to do full CMOS reset (CMOS battery, jumper, power drain)

Solutions described should also worked for M58, not only M58p. Anyhow here are suggestions: - open PC and clean it with compressed air if you can as M58 is already old and a lot of dust is accumulated probably- check thermal sensor cable- check CPU heatsink- use procedures described in your link (diagram is motherboard IN computer, not "the back of computer" so yes you have to remove the side panel - unscrew 2 screws at back. Looking at "HMM" manual for your computer would be helpful as everything is explained there: link)- if nothing helps, only motherboard replacement will; however since PC is already old, it may not be worth it





***Disclaimer: I am not Lenovo employee. While I do work for Lenovo Partner, all my contributions are my personal, non-official and not that of Lenovo or my employer.

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I just upgraded my Compaq laptop from 512mb pc2700, 333MHz DDR sdram (2-256mb sticks) to 1,280 mb (as shown in "system information") by removing 1 256 mb stick and adding a 1 gig stick. To make sure it was working properly, I ran Memtest 86+. It reports the memory settings as 132MHz (DDR 264), rather than what I expected -- 166MHz (DDR 333). The wimpy Compaq bios has no place to change the settings. Should my memory be running at these settings , is Memtest in error, or is there some other software that is downloadable to make changes?
 

Answer:Laptop Memory settings wrong?

Having 2 memory sticks with different clock speeds can lower it. Try removing the other 256mb card and see what it says.
 

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This is only happening about every 10 tenth time I start the computer. When the computer is turned on, a message is displayed (white text and black background) that the "CMOS/GPNV Checksum Bad, CMOS Date/Time Note Set, Press <F4> to Run SETUP".
Windows XP is started and the time for the computer is set to January 1, 2002 01:00AM. I can manually change the date/time in Windows to the correct time. However, this is happening only occasionally. How can I prevent this from happening?
I have ran anti-virus scan and no viruses were found. Also, downloaded the latest version of Adaware and Spybot Search & Destroy and scanned the computer, nothing was found. Ran Disk Defragmenter and ScanDisk and no errors were found.
 

Answer:Solved: CMOS/GPNV Checksum Bad, CMOS Date/Time Not Set - Only happens sometimes

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My pc is custom built. OS is windows 7 ultimate.Asrock mother board A770DE+. Chipset-AMD rd770.Processor-Amd sempron [email protected] is 2048 mb.Bios-american megatrends inc. Version P1.70  I recently added 1 more stick of ram.My problem is-The computer will only boot up if the dip switch is set at position 2-3 (clear cmos). I tried to clear the settings by removing the battery,repositioning the dip switch to NormalPosition (1-2). When I do this the system will not boot. I have read all of the Info. that I can find on this site but haven't seen my problem. The PC seems to run fine, even though I believe the dip switch setting is incorrect. Can someone help me out? Thank You PS. The bios screen seems to be set OK. Loaded defaults

Answer:Pc will only boot with cmos dip switch setting on clear cmos

Wrong RAM...or mis-matched...Check the online scanner at Crucial.com

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How do I unhook this cable ? It's the cmos cable, tried everything and it won't budge . 

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I had to take out my battery then went into the CMOS setup utility then I loaded the optimized defaults, now I need to know Do I save the CMOS to the BIOS or it asks me if I want to Load the CMOS from the BIOS?? What's a girl to do? (smile)

Answer:should I save CMOS to BIOS or Load CMOS from

Defaults are just a starting point (or fall back point if you screw up) & are generally not the best performance settings, even though there is an option to load "optimized defaults". It would be nice to know your system specs (motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc). If you don't wanna get into customized BIOS settings, simply click "load optimized defaults", then save & exit.

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ok guys , my bro got a comp P IV which is
PENTIUM(R) 4 1.50 GHZ(100 x 15.0)

now question 1 ? wat does this 100 X 15 mean.

I went to BIOS to check out some settings and came out to

FREQUENCY VOLTAGE CONTROLLER in which

1. CPU CLOCK RATIO ... WAS SET TO 8 ...u have a option to take it till 22 . When the setting was at 8 , comp use to run very slow just like a PIII or something , I changed it to till 14 by trial and error method and stabilty checked. Now I wanna know HOW MUCH MORE I CAN GO !? I am guessing 15 ...If I do go above ,will that be overclocking ??

2. AUTO DETECT PCL CLK { enabled } !!! Wat does this mean

3. SPREAD SPECTURM < disabled> ? again meaning
some1 please do explain me the meanings and If I do overclock how much should be the optimum limit and now there are 2 fans in the cpu , one BIIIIIIG one over the CPU , one normal , one as everone has from the main powerthingy <wat do u call it>

SHOULD I PUT MORE fanIN THERE ? IF YES , WAT ABOUT CABLES REQUIRED ?

and any utility to check the temprature of the cpu ?

thanx u
 

Answer:P IV/cmos settings !!

P4 as any cpu's ( AMD ) runs on a "formula" which goes like this.
Front Side Bus ( FSB ) X Internal cpu multiplier= speed of your cpu
Now to your case the 100 is the FSB and 15 is the multiplier so you get a 1.5 Gig P4
1. when you set the cpu clock ratio (= internal cpu multiplier) you acctually underclocked the P4 ( again back to the formula ..100 X 8= 800 Mhz P4) so no wonder that it was slower then a P3
2. If my memory serves me right you acctually have a AUTO DETECT PCI CLK not PCL , which acctually tell the CMOS that it will auto detect the speed on which the devices that use the PCI bus will run
3. In order to reduce the EMI ( electro magnetic interference ) newer motherboards incorporate a SPREAD SPECTRUM which basically try's to minimize the "intereference " inside the computer ( signal wise)
For overclocking tips and how to go to www.overclockers.com and check out there web site for all the info regarding o/c'ing the P4
HTH
 

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Question: CMOS settings

I'm not using my Printer port or the Serial port on the back of my PC.  By disabling them in CMOS, since they are not in use, does it help with system performance, any?

Answer:CMOS settings

I have never heard of any boost by doing that.....

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Question: CMOS settings

I have a compaq presario 7360 win98 SE computer and I would like to know how to find out what my cmos settings are. Can someone tell me how to. I appreciate any help.
 

Answer:CMOS settings

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Question: cmos settings

i have an old toshiba satellite t2115cs laptop.i use it for accounting.Booted it up today (i keep it unplugged at night) message came on screen that the CMOS settings had changed.it took the date on my machine back to 1/1/1990.I changed the date at the c prompt to the current date.things now seem ok.Is this a battery problem?
please help
 

Answer:cmos settings

The purpose of having the CMOS chip powered by a small battery is to maintain the date, time, and computer configuration when the power to the computer is turned off. Best chances have it that the battery needs replacing.
 

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Question: cmos settings

in my newly built pc, in my cmos, my dvd and cdrw, show up as my secondary master and slave ide drive. how do i get them to show up as my primary drives.

Answer:cmos settings

Do you have your Hdd on the Primary, if so then this is prob best left!But if you want to change them over, you will have to move the drive to the same IDE cable as the primary!

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Question: cmos settings

my battery died and i lost all cmos settings how do i get my settings back?

Answer:cmos settings

All the basic settings will be there. Just boot-up, set the date and time and all should be well! You may also have to adjust the correct settings for your CPU (speed and multiplier).It is unlikely you will need to change any of the other default settings.

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Question: cmos settings

I want to change the cmos battery on an old computer and I know I'll have to make a note of my settings.But which settings?When I go into "setup" there are seven catagories each with a number of sub sections.So what do I need to list before I change the battery?

Answer:cmos settings

All that you want to keep. I assume you want your p.c to stay the same? so keep em all

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Question: cmos settings

I have a compaq presario 7360 win98 SE computer and I would like to know how to find out what my cmos settings are. Can someone tell me how to. I appreciate any help.

Answer:cmos settings

umm keeping hitting the 'del' key when u boot up ur pc .. to get into bios .. i dont remember specifically which key these branded machies assign to get into bios (which is one of the things i hate abt branded pcs) but it shud be either the del, F1-F4 keys .. try and see ..

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Question: CMOS settings

I have a soyo motherboard with Ver. 6.00 PG Phoenix bios.
It is a 3.2 Gig processor by intel. The soyo motherboard is
SY-P41875P dragon 2 V1.0.

I would like to speed up the boot-up or dram setting to make it faster.
Is this possible in the CMOS BIOS settings?

Please give me some setting for best BIOS/CMOS settings.
Thanks
 

Answer:CMOS settings

Not knowing your Bios, there is a possibility that you can set the post to fast boot, which would bypass the POST Screen, but that would only give you a few seconds boot time savings.
 

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Question: CMOS Settings

My computer stops booting after the system checks the "Verifying the DMI Data Pool" I saw that there is no numbers in the BIOS/CMOS (shows no cylinders and no master drive). How do I reset the valuse for the system
 

Answer:CMOS Settings

Enter the BIOS setup and set the hard disks to AUTO detection on the main page.
 

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After a "move" PC started and mouse did work but keyboard did not. Next day on start-up did not complete and request to press either F1 or F2 to continue (in different modes), but, the keyboard does not work and have confirmed wireless keyboard operates fine. Does this mean a main battery replacement or?

Answer:CMOS Checksum bad .... CMOS Battery low

It's possible after the move the battery is not entirely seated.I'd replace it anyways....part # CR 2032 available at any PC shop.Make sure all power is removed and take anti static precautions whenever working inside the case.

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This is a first...

A friend was visiting for three days and a few things seemed to change. He shut off my monitor when not using the PC. It didn't come back on when I hit the power, so I hit the menu button and tried to get the thing up & running. I didn't get into the monitor's menu.

That's the only thing that was done differently. Now XP asks for the CMOS setting every time I boot up. It asks for standard (F1) or advanced (F2). When I do the standard setting, my computer starts back to the year 2002 at 12pm.

How can I get things back to normal, when I turn the PC on and it boots up in XP like always?

THANK YOU!
Joe
 

Answer:CMOS setting: XP won't boot w/o going through CMOS

If the date changes, chances are that the CMOS battery needs to be replaced. Just a co-incidence on timing and your friend, I'd say.
 

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Hi I've run into an issue with my CMOS. I'm using a Lenovo Y40-70 and the CMOS version that is currently installed is 99CN28WW(V1.11) and the EC version is 99EC28WW(V1.11). I had read somewhere that when you start to have problems with the CMOS you should flash it or update it. I tried that and got the following error message: The version of ROM file is the same as that of BIOS.This is true as I checked that the latest update for CMOS is 99CN28WW on the site. So here is my problem... My system is losing the date & time when I shut it down. For instance if I shut the laptop down at 7:40PM on Jan 1, when I boot it up the next day it will still be Jan 1 at 7:40PM. I have to manually go into the CMOS and change the date and time everytime I turn the laptop off and turn it back on. If I do not turn it off, it is fine, but I prefer to turn it off when I'm not using it. I've read that the best way to combat this type of CMOS problem is to install a new CMOS battery.  My question is how do I go about doing that? Do I need a special setup for it? The reason I aks is because I bought a standard CMOS battery at a local store and when I opened up the laptop the CMOS is actually in a black wrapper. When I unwrapped it there were two connectors on the battery itself which leads me to believe that perhaps I need to buy a specialized battery with the connectors already installed. Is that the case? If so where do I get that? If not how do I get those little connectors ... Read more

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My MO-BO is a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7, and I've noticed the CMOS display is showing FF. If there is a 'h' after, it's blocked by my graphics card.The MO-BO manual states that FF or FFh is "Boot attempt (INT 19h). It doesn't explain what that means. Cheers, In advance =)Now, this board has an onboard Reset Switch (RST_SW) and CMOS Switch (CMOS_SW). The manual says the latter clears CMOS values.So, what does 'FF' means exactly, what could have caused it, and does it have any negative effects on performance?Build:990FXA-UD7AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz (Quad Core)2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance2 x Gigabyte HD6870 OC

Answer:CMOS POST FF(h?) on CMOS display.

FF is related to 2b and appears to be graphics card related, this was taken from a web page:"2bWhen the system powers on and the Debug LED shows the usual POST code sequence but hangs on 2b or you get a beep code as soon as the sequence reaches 2b, then the Mainboard cant detect your Videocard properly. Note that the POST code sequence might not halt at 2b but continue, so the final POST Code it displays could be FF, 00 or 7F which means the Maiboard booted, entered BIOS, or OC recovery kicked in and is waiting for Input to enter BIOS. Since the Videocard couldnt be detected properly you will only see a black Monitor and either 2b, FF, 00 or 7F. Check if there is something wrong with the Videocard, the PCIE slot or BUS, the Monitor or monitor cable. Turn the Monitor on and off, switch the Monitor cable from one D-SUB or DVI plug to the other in case your Videocard has two. If this doesnt help then reboot and load the optimized defaults. If that doesnt help either try another Videocard if possible, or try the Videocard in another system to make sure its working properly. Try another monitor or try the Monitor on another System."Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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I was trying to troubleshoot a continous booting up problem with my computer. So I checked the connections, fans, power supply, changed the battery, reset the memory and moved the jumper 1 position over and back. Now it still continually restarts PLUS it says "CMOS settings wrong" and "CMOS memory size wrong", and occasionally will say CMOS battery low. What did I do wrong? It is an K7S5A motherboard, AMD Athlon. Is it possible to install the jumper piece upside down? Once I get this straightened out, I'm pretty sure this is a virus issue and will have to figure out how to fix this.
 

Answer:Did I screw up my CMOS settings

Could be your battery. Usually a CR2032 battery that holds the value of your hard drive & other equipment to pass to Window$. Very inexpensive fix. You will have to open your desktop/laptop & check for a dime-sized battery, usually held in with a movable clip. Replace it and you MIGHT have to reset your CMOS values to default. Hopefully, that's all it is.
 

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Hi Gang,
Here are my specs:
Seagate 400 GB USB drive w/4 Partitions
Athlon 3000 Barton CPU
2GB DDR2 Ram
Nvidia Geforce 6200 AGP3 Card 512mb
Creative 128bit sound card
Gigabyte GA-7VM400M-P 1.x Mobo 333fsb
Earthlink DSL 6000bps
Floppy drive, 56K dialup modem, Optical Mouse, MS Elite Keyboard, Lighted Black Case

My computer won't boot into either drive. I went into the cmos and saw it was set up for SATA and RAID. I have neither on my pc. When I changed the settings I still couldn't boot. I went back into the CMOS and discovered that the old settings hadn't changed. I cliked Save Settings each time left the CMOS.

How do I fix this?
 

Answer:Cmos settings won't save

Normally, this type of thing is caused by a bad CMOS battery. When you see the time and date not showing right, it's a sure sign, and another is a lot of changes not being saved, errors, bad behavior in general.

The non-booting is not usually seen- so, I would not be surprised if there is another problem but you need to rule out the battery.

You COULD borrow a battery from a good working computer. (Doing that will result in the Default settings put in place on that computer- as well as yours)

It will not hurt to replace the battery but do buy a new one- after replacement, give the battery a half hour with the power cord plugged in but not running the computer.

To change battery, here are some how-to-do-it steps:

http://support.dell.com/support/top...&s=gen&docid=5A38FC8B0CC6FC94E040AE0AB7E10B10

The process is very much the same for any tower type computer. Just be very careful, you do not want to slip and scratch the m otherboard! Use a very thin, very small scredriver or nail file, something you can lift the battery up with. If it is a stand-up type, just reach in and pull it out, there is a little tab to unlock it...you should see that info in the page.

You will have to reset the CMOS time, date and any other user settings you had......

Time to get the motherboard manual out- do you have it to follow- I would advise you to!
 

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cmos setup/settings

Answer:cmos setup/settings

What about them?

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I have replaced the CMOS battery and although the Time & Date seem to keep okay, everytime I boot the PC it's showing a processor that is much slower than the one installed. Even if I change the settings they return to the slower processor when I reboot. What gives?

Answer:CMOS battery/settings

when you change the settings in the BIOS, are you making sure you SAVE the settings before you leave?Most BIOS's are arranged to be "fail safe". That is, unless you actually tell it to keep the settings you have chosen, nothing will happen.

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Further to my last post about a rebuilt computer.Everything is up and running, the hard drive was the problem there and a new one cured that. Even the old recovery CD formatted it then loaded 98SE (surprise, surprise, I was under the impression that a recovery disc would only work on the original HD)The problem now is with CMOS, it will not remember settings in between boots. The computer starts up fine then tells me the settings are wrong, press F2 to load defaults. The time has reverted to 1st January 1998. So into BIOS and set everything up yet again, press F10 to save and exit. Next time I boot up it is back to square one.The battery was a new one, I have had it out and checked it with a meter and it is as fully charged as you would wxpect a new one to be. I checked the contacts and they appear fine. I have also checked the CMOS jumper, that is where it should be. I've tried moving it to clear all settings then back to normal again, set it all up and rebooted, staright back to square one again. I do hope somebody will prove me wrong but this is beginning to look serious, along the lines of a new motherboard.

Answer:CMOS not remembering its settings

Try another battery. Seen a "new" battery do this before. Another battery was all it took.

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Following a recent crash and system restore I found that the clock had reset to 1/1/2001. Since then this happens intermittently (sometimes the clock is just "slow").Having searched the forums I've come to the conclusion that I need to replace my CMOS battery. However, the advice seems to be to make a note of the CMOS settings before removing the old battery, but I can't seem to find how to get into the relevant screen to write the info. down (or is there a way of saving it to disk?).Also, could this have been what caused the crash in the first place?

Answer:How to find CMOS settings?

The CMOS just stores changes to the default BIOS settings, so if your BIOS uses default settings (nothing out of the ordinary) then it should be OK just to change the battery as it will just return to default settings which is probably is already.

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Hello all. I'm new around here(first post, woohoo!) but hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Anyway, thanks in advance for your help. Here's my question: When I boot my computer, I know I can press F2 to enter the CMOS menus and view/change my OS settings. Is there any way to view this information from within windows(win2000)? Or what I really, ultimately need is a way to print this information. Ideas?
 

Answer:How can I print CMOS settings?

Welcome to Major Geeks!

take a peek here
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download241.html
 

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i've recently formatted my hard drive and reinstalled win2000 but now on startup I get a blue screen with the error message "inaccesable boot device" and then a load of suggestions to check for viruses or remove any new hardrives etc.

I've had a good look around on the net and near as I can determine there is a problem with the cmos settings as this seems to be the most typical cause of the error.

I've already tinkered a bit with this and then got some more errors for my troubles.

i was wondering if there is anyway to restore the original cmos settings as i've no idea what the were to begin with and haven't been able to find a solution anywhere on the net.

would really appreciate any help anyone may have with this.

thanks in advance
 

Answer:[SOLVED] restore cmos settings???

There is usually an option to set it back to the factory settings. If you do this you will more than likely need to reset your CPU, and hard drive settings again.
 

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Having a problem with my printer port. Checked it out in system information and all is fine, no conflicts. Try to print a test page on my Canon LBP 460 and it doesn't detect the printer. Is there a general setting in CMOS for an onboard printer port?

I have been trying to use the following (works on my other PC): 378/IRQ7 ECP/EPP and on ECP mode DMA 3......
 

Answer:Problem with cmos settings? (LPT port)

What shows up in your device manager?
 

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How to clear cmos settings on satellite p20-552?

Answer:How to clear cmos settings on satellite p20-552?

Hello

I assume that you want to remove the BIOS password. Am I right?

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Greetings Awesome Geeks,

I am "repurposing" (combining) some discarded PC equipment to replace my 83 year old mother's iBook G3 which has finally become a paper weight/brick.

I was given a case with some wires pulled and missing only a hard drive. I took two HDs from my partners old ?puter and put them into the case. I was shocked to see that our old version of XP Pro was attempting to start...key word is attempting. The HDs made noise for a while and I stared at splash screens, and finally (20-30 minutes later?) some desktop icons...I also tricked the machine into recognizing one of the DVD Drives. (Currently only one is attached by that long wide ribbon-like connector which I believe is in upside down...later I?ll discover if the two connectors can attach to the two DVD drives with the other end going into the MoBo).

Ultimately, I want to find out what?s inside this box and make sure that everything is health before I wipe the discs clean and get a copy of Win7 and install it. No sense start mom off with XP which is (sadly) headed to the graveyard. (I do like my Win7 x64)

I?m now in the throes of learning the difference between IDE and SATA drives. The brief/sketchy MoBo installation instructions I finally found (I wish I had the full owner?s manual) mentioned ?be sure to set the Master/Slave toggles if you are using two dives?. So yesterday was spent looking for something that doesn?t exist. This morning I finally confirmed that these are... Read more

Answer:BIOS/CMOS Settings for 2 SATA HDs

No help from me, since it has been ages since I've worked on old tech. The correct term is not IDE (well, it use to be, until SATA came around), it is now PATA for Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment. Vice SATA (Serial).
 

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Hi everyone,
I'm trying to change the settings in BIOS CMOS, but when I arrow to Load Optimized Defaults and try to save by hitting F10 and I choose Y to save and exit there is no way out except to hit enter but the settings don't change.

I posted some time ago about trying to fix a problem with this computer for my friend because when it booted up it showed white text on a black screen. I think that is the MBR but not sure. It shows on the first page F1 and del and sometimes loads a lot of what look like drivers but I am not sure, now it's seems to just show the first page with F1 and de. I hit F1 anf it loads to Windows. I brought the computer back to my place to try and fix this issue because my friend said that sometimes the screen just goes black and she can't do anything. That hasn't happened to me in almost a week when I turn it on. However, I thought a repair would do the trick but haven't tried yet. I am wondering if I change the boot menu in BIOS it might get rid of the first screen for her before Windows loads. I just thought before I do the repair I should maybe try the BIOS CMOS settings but can't change anything there.

Also, I know now that I have to uninstall IE8 before doing a repair but can't seem to find an answer about "do I also delete the IE updates in add/remove " or do they automatically go?. Do I have to do anything else before the repair, like uninstalling IE6 if it is there and if not do I install I... Read more

Answer:cannot change settings in BIOS or CMOS

not sure if my pic uploaded, wanted to dhow what I see when I put my windows CD in try snd do a repair as I don't l\know which option to choose,
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HiCan anyone help please?My computer completely frooze, when i got it running again i had an error message stating CMOS settings wrong, when i looked the date had run back to the build date & the boot virus sector virus protection was disabled.I've run AVG, stinger & an online trojan checker but nothing is showing up, i've also checked for msblaster in my windows files nothing, i have got the patch for that 1.If this isn't a virus would could be the problem as it still keeps happening?I'm running XP home edition on an Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.00GHZ.Can anybody help me with please as i'm at my wits end!?

Answer:HELP? Freeze then change to CMOS settings

The problem is probably that you need a new battery on your motherboard. It's dead easy to spot and change - it's a 1.5cm (approx) flat silver disk - a standard 2032 clock battery normally.This is what keeps the CMOS contents safe (Time/Settings/etc) when the power is switched off your system.

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I have replaced the battery on the mainboard but the problem still exists on my P111 Win98SE system.At startup I get the Message; "CMOS checksum error" press F1 to load settings or Del to enter CMOS. selecting F1 starts windows OK but after shutdown and startup again the problem still exists. The timing is way out too and I beleive the battery to be a good one.Can anyone tell me how to fix it please.

Answer:CMOS settings error message

Could be a faulty battery. Can you check the voltage of it. There might even be a bit of protective film on it.CD

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How do I get Windows X P to recognize HP (Hewlett-Packard) HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner...Also I would like to know in the c mos raid settings what does the "AHCI" setting mean as opposed to the IDE or SATA?

Answer:HP DVD Burner & CMOS RAID settings

You will need to make sure you have SATA drivers installed for your motherboard for XP and HP's XP drivers for your optical drive as well as the rest of HP's included software.As for your other question, look here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanc...I just used Google to find an easy to read definition, you can also if you want to read more.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Hey everyone. I was "upgrading" my BIOS today using Gigabyte's @BIOS crappy utility. Anyway, the program gave me a message telling bios upgrade failed. So I reboot and I get this CMOS checksum error and my OS won't boot. I tried going into BIOS/CMOS settings and I get this blank screen with only a small line flickering at the top-left of my screen. I'm guessing the BIOS or CMOS settings were erased or corrupted. I tried clearing the CMOS jumper by shorting it with my car keys. That didn't seem to work. But I'm still stuck with the blank screen when I try to go into BIOS settings. Help!!!

Answer:Corrupt Bios/CMOS settings

Sounds like your screwed unless you can re-flash it. You probably need to replace the bios chip or replace the mobo.

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I have a Lenovo Z570, and whenever I try to switch the video card setting from Optimus to UMA Only, I get an error message and the discrete card is never disabled. I tried disconnecting the CMOS battery, which effectively cleared the memory, but the problem persists. I'm attaching a screenshot with the error message.
 
 
 
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Mod edit:  Converted picture to link per forum rules, 50k limit.
 
 
 

Answer:Problems saving CMOS for some settings

Hello Abarto,
 
Kindly update the BIOS and check.
http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/in/en/DriversDownLoads/Drivers_Show_5042.html
 
If the issue does not get resolve then BIOS need to be reload, you may contact the support center if the laptop is in warranty.


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I know that this can be done, I have seen screenshots of the CMOS settings in books and on the web.

How can I get a screenshot of my CMOS settings?
 

Answer:Screen Capture CMOS Settings

The only way I've ever been able to take a screenshot of that area is to either use a digital camera or KVM over IP. KVM over IP means I am remotely using the machine from another machine - and it requires some special hardware to do so. We use Avocent for our KVM over IP needs - but if this is a personal setup I doubt this will be a viable solution for you. Another method you could try is some sort of VM - but then all the info in your CMOS would be fabricated within the VM container so that wouldn't be useful for you either.
 

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I was building a new computer and when I get to the BIOS screen on the bottom it says - CMOS Settings Wrong and CMOS Memory Size Wrong. Can someone explain to me what this means and what am I supposed to do?
 

Answer:CMOS SETTINGS - BIOS Screen

Clear CMOS according to the instructions in your manual. If it keeps happening replace your battery. Although you wouldn't expect that to be a problem on a new board.
 

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Good morning to everyone. Why am I see CMOS settings error, press DEL to enter setup, press F1 to continue during boot up on everyday? Besides that, the CPU making loud sound during boot up and also when I am using my computer on everyday, I am not sure whether the fans or the HDD is the culprit.

Answer:CMOS settings error during boot up.

Go into BIOS (DEL) and load defaults (either first screen or exit menu). Open the case and stop the fans with your finger for a second or two and see if the sound cuts.

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i have a refurbished MSI K7N2 Delta-L mobo, got it from newegg, so i guess that would explain why...
every time i completely unplug my pc from the wall, i get the "cmos checksum error- defaults loaded, press F1 to continue". i thought it was just a bad cmos battery, but after having replaced it 4 times now with new ones, i don't think that's it anymore. i know i am installing the battery correctly, and the jumper cap is in the correct position, i have checked and rechecked the manual to be sure. is this maybe just due to a little bad wiring somewhere on the mobo?
 

Answer:CMOS battery will not hold Bios settings

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Hello!

Hope you could help me with this,

What should I do if I have invalid settings in the CMOS setup program?
 

Answer:Invalid settings in CMOS setup program

Restore defaults, save and exit.
 

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I have a Toshiba Satelite laptop that cannot boot and it brings NTLDR is missing, press ctr+alt+del to restart, and worst it cannot enter cmos settings after pressing any button.Please help

Answer:NTLDR is missing,cannot enter cmos settings

Hi I would suggest you to try Startup Repair.

Startup Repair is a Windows 7 recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting correctly. When you run Startup Repair, it scans your computer for the problem and then tries to fix it so your computer can start correctly.
If you have a Windows 7 installation disc, you need to restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc. If you do not restart your computer from the disc, the option to repair your computer will not appear.

If you have a Windows 7 installation disc:

1: Insert the installation disc.

2: Restart your computer.

3: Click the Start button , click the arrow next to the Lock button , and then click Restart.

If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.

4: Choose your language settings, and then click Next.

5: Click Repair your computer.

6: Select the operating system you want to repair, and then click Next.

7: On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair. Startup Repair might

prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem, and if necessary, it might

restart your computer as it makes repairs.

If Startup Repair is a preinstalled recovery option on your computer:

1: Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your

computer.

2: Click the Start button , click the arrow next to the Lock button , and then click Restart.

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everytime i start my computer,it says "cmos settings wrong,cmos time and date settings wrong".and also i'm not being able to change my time and date settings on the task bar.i had changed my cmos battery about 2-3 months back.

Answer:how to change cmos time and date settings for

tap the del key on boot and change the time and date in the 1st bios screen.then hit f10 enteri hate computers!but cant help myself....

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I recently reset my CMOS (pulled out jumper an put it back in) to attempt to fix a problem. Now i get a message whenever i start saying

CMOS checksum error. Defaults Loaded

Now i have looked around for this proble and i did find lots of cases but none quite the same as mine. I couldnt get this to shift so i decided to update the bios . So i did and hey presto it loaded up without this message.

But...

I am needing to alter some of my BIOS settings. Especailly teh fan control speed (i have another thread about this, seems to be having a CPU temp prob, and a slow fan is all i need ). You just set the high, medium and low so the fan knows how fast to spin. But whenever i change this (OR anything in the bios) I get the CMOS Checksum error again. And have to reinstall the bios drivers again to get rid of it. And i am needing to change the fan speed badly. I'm using speedfan just now which is doing fine but would prefer my mobo to do it for me.

Any ideas? puke:
 

Answer:CMOS checksum error when i alter settings

You may need a new CMOS battery.
 

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I have an ancient compaq 5BW130 that I fit into a modded IBM PC XT case.  Don't tell me to get a new computer! I am trying to see how fast I can make it. I decided to get a graphics card for it and when I opened it up, I realized that the whole time the CMOS jumper was set to clear. It had been working fine that way for probably about a year. Now that I have a graphics card, this becomes a problem because I need it to save settings to CMOS. So I turned it off and moved the jumper to normal and then turned it back on again. It booted and started scanning RAM for errors. After that, it said that it reset to default settings and restarted. But when it restarted, it did the same thing again (scanning RAM, setting to default...) and kept restarting until I powered it off. So the only way it will boot is if the CMOS jumper is set to clear.How can I make it save settings to CMOS so that I can change from on-board video to graphic card?

Answer:CMOS won't save settings (checked battery)

Replace the CMOS battery...part # CR2032

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Hi to all.

Does anybody know how to save your cmos settings to a floppy or CD?

Is there a program that can assist with saving the cmos settings to floppy or CD?

Is there anyway to perform saving the cmos settings within the BIOS to floppy or CD?

I really don't want to go into the BIOS and write down all that info.

I have an HP Pavilion 553w that is 7 1/2 years old, running windows xp home edition version 2002 sp3, 2 gbs of ram, AMD athlon(tm)XP 2100+ 1.73 GHZ, bios version/date Phoenix Techologies, LTD AM35308, 10/07/2002 (Phoenix-AwardBIOS CMOS Setup Utility) SMBIOS 2.3, BIOS Core Version V6.0, BIOS Revision 3.08 10/7/2002.

I know my computer is ancient and I probably should have updated my BIOS, as it is out of date.

Also, after starting up my computer I noticed my time and date is not correct and as of lately have to adjust the time and date to the correct time and date.

I did some research and came across some possible reasons:
1. RTC battery (CMOS battery) may need reseating on motherboard.
2. The battery has become corrupt.
3. BIOS version may be out of date.

My computer is really taking longer than usual to startup and images of icons take longer to display, which may be a sign of the symptoms I listed above.

My computer doesn't have any malware whatsoever, clean as can be.

Any help or advise will be truly appreciated.

Jboman
 

Answer:Program or how-to for saving CMOS settings to floppy or CD?

CMOS batteries can last 7 years or one. good news is they only cost about $3

To keep your temp files cleaned out I can recommend ATF Cleaner for XP. This combined with monthly defragging and occasional checkdisk should get you sped up a little. Sysinternals Page Defrag is another good utility. UYou can get it at:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426


You can find ATF at:
http://www.atribune.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=25
 

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I just finished building a new computer with the following specs:

PCChips M916 Motherboard
Pentium 4 2.26ghz Processor
512MB PC3200 Ram
Radeon 9600 Graphics Card
10GB Maxtor Harddrive (Old, getting a new one soon)

Now, I set it up and put it all together fine. When I go to power it on, it tells me my CMOS settings are incorrect, and sends me to the setup utility. At first I tried default values, which apparently did not work. I tried to boot with the default settings, and it didnt work - no picture on the monitor, keyboard doesn't light up, no motherboard posting, etc. So I clear the CMOS via the jumper, and try again. It brings me back to the CMOS setup, and I try some different settings. So far, no matter what I try, it will not work. Given my current system specifications, is there anything special I need to do to get the CMOS settings right? So far I can't really find anything I need to change other than changing the date and time.

Thanks for any help.
 

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