I just bought a new athlon Xp and motherboard I have it all together and I hit the power and entering bios it locks up and won't allow me to change the settings what would be causing this? It is showing the correct frequency the cpu should run at and the RAM is testing correct at post. So what is the deal?
I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.
I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.
You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)
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I replaced the mobo on my Dell 5510. Purchased from Dell. Sticker on mobo says BIOS ver A05. About every other day I get blue screen and physical dump of memory. My system info says my BIOS ver is A07. How do I go about changing BIOS? Is it as simple as pulling battery for 15 seconds? Some have offered this suggestion but I get a little worried at "friends" advice.
Removing the battery won't change the BIOS version. You need to download the version you require from the Dell site. From Windows you "flash" the BIOS. Take your time preparing for this. If anything goes wrong you will wreck your motherboard.
Hi all, A couple of weeks ago, i mostly finished building my new PC. I say mostly because i have not bought my video cards yet. I am running on the IGP.
Anyway, i am using red neons in my computer and have been since it was built. When i first powered on my PC, it wouldnt start, turning the neons off allowed the system to start and run flawlessly. I just assumed that it was due to a faulty inverter. The inverter was faulty, so i plugged the neons into an old inverter i have, i also plugged them into a different lead on the power supply and they have been working fine since.
Now, today, i received the kit of blue neons that i purchased, with the intention to combine them with my red ones. I set them all up and turned the PC on. It started fine, but halfway through loading the desktop, the system just hung. I could still move the mouse around, but it just seemed like power to the hdd was lost, as it was not loading anything and the computer was unresponsive. So i restarted the computer and it got to the desktop fine this time, but i turned the neons on and off at the back to test if it would happen again, and it did.
What could be the problem here, faulty power supply? I should have more then enough power as i am not even using video cards yet. It is a Corsair TX650W. Im pretty sure that unit should be able to handle 2 sets of CCFL's.
What do you guys think? I find it strange that this is happening because with just one set of cathodes, the system is rock solid and pas... Read more
Strange ... that 650 Watt PSU should be able to handle the PC just fine, considering no video cards are currently installed.
Does the PSU get abnormally hot? That could be indicative of a short some where.
Have you tried using just the new blue neons without the red ones?
Having to abandon one of the rails entirely really makes me think the PSU is faulty. :/
I noticed in your system specs you list two Radeon HD 5850s as your planned video cards. As an owner of two GIGABYTE 5850s in CrossFireX, my advice is "don't". lol ... If I ever go with ATi again, then it will be a single card solution to avoid the plethora of driver issues CrossFireX has caused me.
my asus a8v deluxe based computer works fine, completely funtional. however, ever since i built it, whenever it is turned off, the motherboard will eventually start making a continuous beep that never stops until i turn the computer on again. whats going on??
So recently I purchased a Galaxy GTX 460 768MB video card. I was previously using a BFG Tech GTX 275. When I first installed the GPU I was on an ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFI Edition motherboard. I am now on an ASRock P64 Extreme4 motherboard. I mention the old mobo because the problem has been the same regardless. So I link the issue to the GPU.
Anywho, the new Galaxy card on boot, displays it's own Bios information before the mobo Bios page shows up. It's actually the first thing I see on my monitor. It just simply displays Galaxy Bios version (etc. etc. etc). It doesn't last for more than 3-4 seconds, but I personally feel it's an unnecessary delay. Especially since I'm so adamant about computer efficiency and I try to get my boot up times as fast as possible. Just a personal hobby I enjoy! So I was curious if there is a way to disable this initial Bios screen? I did many google searches and couldn't find the problem to a a perfect description. Some people did mention that it has to do with a motherboard conflict, but that's why I mentioned bother motherboards. One was old, and the one I'm on now is brand new. I've never purchased a Galaxy card until now, so I'm curious if it's unique to their brand? I've never updated Bios on a video card before and I'm not sure if it'd cure the problem either. Anyone familiar with this situation? Thank you!
Edit: I'll take a picture of the Bios screen and post it quick. I just thought about doing it, but I typed this entire message and I can't ... Read more
It will still have to do it's thing...even if you manage to make it disappear....I have had systems in the past that has done that same thing...if speed is what your after a SSD will do more for that.Read other 6 answers
As is often the case I left my computer on overnight a couple of nights ago. When I woke up there was no response. Nothing was coming to the monitor, and although the system and cpu fans were still on, the HDDs were not receving power.
Now I've taken the case of and dug around I can report the following symptoms:
The obvious one is that the PCs crappy speaker is making a constant medium pitch buzzing noise when the system is powered on. This is NOT a 'beep' from the ami bios suggesting an error code, and even if it was a wierd low beep ami bios, a continuous beep isn't part of the ami bios error selection: http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/amibeep.htm
Indeed, I had to hunt around a bit before I realised that the sound was even coming from the speaker at all!
System fan and cpu fan still come on.
Nothing to monitor and HDDs don't fire up. Likewise, no power to optical drives (e.g. pressing open / close does nothing).
I've tried reseating everything. I've also tried taking away all extraneous hardware (soundcard and tv card). I've dedusted and am confident it's not a heat problem (I never get heat problems thanks to my trusty zalman ).
The system is self built, and 3 1/2 years old. MOBO battery is about a year old, but in any case - this is interesting - taking the battery out and turning on the pc still gets the medium buzzing sound (which I gather also means I've cleared the bios). Indeed, I removed the... Read more
Consider the PSU may have failed.
A few days ago, my computer stopped booting up. It would get to the Asus bios screen, where it would sway press del to enter setup, and then it would freeze. I tried booting it for a while, then I gave up and decided to come back to it the next day, and it worked fine. It continued to boot fine for a few days, until yesterday, when thew same problem started again. This time letting it sit didn't seem to work, not sure what to try next. Is a new motherboard in my future? Or could it be something else?
Sometimes it's the HardDrive trying to be recognized.
Trying removing all internal Dust
And/or reseat the HardDrive and cabling
I turn the computer on and start pressing F10 every second. The screen remains blank. After 4 minutes or so, I stop pressing F10. The screen remains blank, nothing happens and I turn the computer off after a half hour. I purchased this computer with Windows Vista installed and a free upgrade to Windows 7 that I installed immediately in 2009. I am certain that after the upgrade I was able to invoke the BIOS program, but it has been several years since I used the BIOS. The BIOS Version/Date on my computer is Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.43, 6/3/2009. I downloaded an update from HP, sp43096.exe, version 5.49 for WIndows Vista so it would not update the BIOS on my Windows 7 system. Perhaps if I could update the BIOS it would resolve my problem. Is there a BIOS update for WIndows 7 and motherboard, M2N68-LA? Many thanks for help.Loren Hall
@lorenhall, welcome to the forum. You should try tapping the Esc key while the computer is booting to see if it helps. There is no BIOS update for Win 7 available. Here is another thread that may help you install the Vista BIOS in Win 7. Read it carefully to see if there is a solution that you are comfortable trying.Read other 1 answers
I've downloaded BIOS version P01.B1 for my gateway dx4831-07 from the official site and installed following the instructions.
Installation was successful but now windows locks up at the "starting windows" screen. I can only access on safe mode. I've tried putting the Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Installation disk. Once booted from the DVD it started loading the windows files, and then it locks up again at the windows logo screen.
I did the SF_Diagnostic_Tool I uploaded the rar archive like in the instructions: http://www.sevenforums.com/joinseven...p?do=addmember
Hi JohnyDale, Welcome to Sevenforums.
1. Well since you're getting to the Windows boot menu, your BIOS is recognizing and reading the drive. I think its possible that the BIOS change could require new Windows driver(s) to use, but safe mode should overlook that. Have you tried booting off any other devices and see if you can still access/read the drive?
2. It can be a issue with the BIOS update. The workaround is to change the Boot speed setting in Bios to "normal" instead of the default "fast"
Press and hold the F2 button, then power on the Unit. That should bring up the BIOS, from there you should see a setting under the Advanced tab called boot speed, just set it to normal and you should be able to load windows normaly
3. Try to boot from DVD and do system repair.
If all fails. Do a Clean Install Windows 7, install all the drivers again. That will fix the issue.
I have a desktop with Windows 8 upgraded to 8.1, I can enter the BIOS setup by pressing the DEL key only when the preceding shutdown is a complete shutdown (shutdown with fast startup turned off).
If the desktop is shutdown with fast startup turned on (incomplete shutdown), and Windows cannot be loaded during the subsequent starting. How can I enter the BIOS to select to boot from a USB stick?
Try this, Shutdown Windows if possible. Turn the power supply of the PC off and unplug it from the wall. Now press the case power button to drain it completely. Now plug it back in and turn it back on. Hopefully that kills any S1 or S3 state the motherboard was in and gets you a cold boot.Read other 4 answers
I used to be able to get to the BIOS setup utility, and at that time the keyboard worked fine.
Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 copyright 1995-1998 Phoenix Tech. Pentium II - I'M.
When I press F1 for setup, the BIOS setup utility comes up. My problem is when it comes up it locks out the keyboard. I then have no choise but to reboot to use the computer.
The computer works fine in every other aspect. I am running WIN98.
Can you help me solve the keyboard lockout problem?
First thing you should do is try another keyboard on that computer and try your keyboard on another computer.
here lately my new dell insprion 1501 notebook will sometimes lock up in at bios i shut it down hard ( i really hate doing that) and take the battery out and press the power button to reset the notebook, after doing so it works fine, it is still under warranty, but before sending it back to dell id like to see if i can fix it myself, i use this notebook for my everyday work life so i can really bear without it. heres my specs:
Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Turion 64 x2 2.0GHZ (800MHZ FSB)
2GB DDR2 Ram
15.4" Widescreen Glossy screen
ATI Xpress 1150 Video Card
53wrh battery (6 cell)
windows vista home premium
anyone comes up with anything to save me lost time, let me know
Return it while you can thats what the warranty is for. Or at least give Dell a call and see what they can recommend.
I've also removed your email address, posting it in an open forum is just asking for Spam.
This is my dad's machine, and it locks at the Dell logo before the progress bar even starts. I don't even have the chance to get into the BIOS or boot options, nor into diagnostics by holding down Fn while starting. I've even tried with a USB keyboard.
It starts super fast, so I discharged the stored power with a paper clip in the hole on the bottom, but that did nothing. I tore the whole thing apart, reseated the RAM and tried each stick by itself, reseated the battery, unplugged the CMOS battery for a few minutes, and I'm out of options here.
The funny thing is, he had this for 4 years before this problem occurred.
Is there anything left? If there was even a way to sideload a BIOS on this board, it would need to be one with Secure Boot off., and I can't imagine where I'd find that.
"reseated the battery, unplugged the CMOS battery for a few minutes "
Just making sure, you're doing it correctly.....
1. Remove or disconnect the coin cell battery ( You can buy a new battery at your local Walmart or dollar store for about $2.00 - $5.00)
2. Press the power button for at least 15 seconds to drain all residual power from the system
3. Assemble the unit, hopefully your computer starts normally
Instead of holding down the Fn key, you tried tapping the F2 key(BIOS) or the F12 key(Diagnostic) at boot up? If no, then I like to suggest you follow the steps below:
1. Power off the computer
2. Power on computer, quickly start tapping the F2 key continuously. Hopefully, you'll be able to see the BIOS screen.
Note: If your system is windows 7, you can also try tapping the F8 key - Advance Boot Options)
After changing the boot sequence in the bios and exiting and saving the changes, a black screen appeared reading "Default BIOS settings have been loaded." the computer freezes each time at this point. Since then I have tried to fix the problem by resetting the bios by removing the CMOS battery and using the jumper rest on the board. This has not fixed my problem. How may I fix this problem?Read other answers
Got a sony vaio pcg-801a laptop to work on (its not my birthday, trust me!)
its being its usual pain in the neck. On my last 'fix' i managed to break the hard drive connector to the motherboard .
Now after putting in a new connector, the computer performs the animated sony vaio logo, and while doing so, the POST tests, recognizing the hard drive, CD-ROM, etc then the logo goes, and while it should be identifying valid boot drives, it just hangs, blank screen, not even a cursor.
I have tried booting off all types of media, (HD, CD, USB-HD, USB-memstick) to no avail. the hard drive is blank, and just after the cable broke, it would say 'no available boot device' or words to that effect. now with the new cable and without, it still won't boot.
I found a similar article at: http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/35003/
Laptop is hooked up to 4k monitor. Since updating the BIOS to 1.1.19 last week, when I turn the monitor off and then back on again later (the laptop stays on but closed during the monitor being off) all the Windows have resized as if they were on the laptop screen.
I can only assume that the HDMI port is now assuming that 'monitor off' means 'switch to laptop display panel' rather than 'wait for instructions'(!), like me opening the lid.
Always worked fine before... switch monitor back on 12 hours after switching off, and the windows are all same size on the big screen and in the same place.
Can Dell confirm whether the way the HDMI monitors activity was changed in the recent BIOS update?
No-one else had this issue?
Must be some of you who use external monitors for your laptops?
Laptop froze during bios update-turned off-now black screen no beeps only sound is something running steadily all lights are on tried removing battery and power cord and holding down power button for 1 min no change any suggestions??
I believe some lenovo laptops have a bios recovery procedure and some do not. Either search the lenovo site or post your exact model and I can search for you.
What was the reason for updating the bios? Was there some fix you needed?
I tried to reset my laptop at 49% it said reset couldnot be completed due to error . And i again tried at 47% it showed error again . So i selected cancell. Then my laptop restarted . Then It showed some dilouge box i was in hurry i can only remeber it was asking to reset some thing like "twk key" is pressed f1 key which was ok key (f2 key was cancel key ) the my laptop showed hp logo then it vanished the again showed hp key . So i pressed the power button and restarted . The pressed f2 key to go to setting .. i thought it was due to bios upgrade the i downgraded the bios to earlier version but at last moment it showed error couldnot be completed then i restarted the laptop .. it turned blank.. only power key light and laptop charging port light is on every thing else is blank.. what should i do any suggestions ?Read other answers
i recently bought an asus p8h67-v board and intel i3 2120 cpu. 450w power supply. i connected everythng. when i press the power button it doesnt start. but when i pull gently on the pwrest and hdd led cables the fan of the cpu starts, when i let go it goes off. pls help.
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i recently bought an asus p8h67-v board and intel i3 2120 cpu. 450w power supply. i connected everythng. when i press the power button it doesnt start. but when i pull gently on the pwrest and hdd led cables the fan of the cpu starts, when i let go it goes off. pls help.
It sounds like there is a faulty connection either inside the power supply or at the termination point of the led cables. I would try a different unit and see if that solves the problem. A 450 Watt unit is on the lower side of the wattage scale, I generally go with 600+.
Hi guys, i am about to buy my new computer and i would have some advices from you if possible.
My budjet is about 800-900 euro, this are the pieces i thought:
- CASE: Aerocool Syclone 2
- MOTHERBOARD: ASUS - Motherboard P8Z77-I DELUXE socket LGA 1155 chipset Intel Z77 Mini-ITX
- CPU: Intel - Processor Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge) Quad-Core 3,10 Ghz GPU integrated HD 2000 socket LGA 1155 Boxed
- VIDEO: EVGA - GeForce GT 640 2 GB GDDR3 Pci-E 2x DVI-I Dual Link / DVI-D Single Link / Mini-HDMI (single slot)
- Power Unit: CORSAIR - 800 Watt Gaming Series 80+ Bronze ATX PS / 2
- RAM: (I think here i need some help because i don't know how many slots for the ram the motherboard has, and what is the best configuration) anyway i thought this: KINGSTON - Memory Dimm XMP T1 16 Gb (4x4Gb) ddr3 1866 Mhz CL9
I would like to know if those pieces could go togheter to work as well as they can, if they are compatible and so. I will use this pc especially to work with photoshop.
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Hi. After upgrading BIOS to 2.12 the CPU frequency is locked to the lowest possible (disregarding BIOS settings). Plugging in the battery makes it work again.For the sake of prolonging my battery life I ususally run without it when safely docked at home.Anyone else experiencing this? I assume it's a bug?
It sounds like a bug might have been fixed. I would expect it to slow down if you had just a battery (no A/C) or just A/C (no battery). The charhing circuity won't "cook" the battery. It will stop charging when it is fully charged.Read other 1 answers
I am planning to assemble my first computer and i seriously need some expert advice.
I would need some recommendations for the following part:
>Motherboard (preferably Gigabyte or Asus)
>CPU (preferably Intel i7)
>Graphic card (preferably Asus)
>Power Supply (incl. min 3 SATA connections)
With other words, all i got is the tower computer case.
Please tell me if i have mixed up the terms.
Anyone know of where I can get unassembled PC kits? Or if in fact such an animal exisits? Or possibly some flavor of what I am looking for?
I'm looking for something which has all components and software that has to be assembled, or variations of this.
My son likes working on things, so I'm looking into something like this as a gift.
Any ideas or similar pointers would be appreciated.
Thank you for your time,
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I have just recently bought parts for my new computer, but sadly there is a problem. When I assembled the computer and powered it up bios just woudnít load up.
The power is ok (550W) (the fans on graphic card and on the processor are running) and I just donít know what it could be wrong.
The components are:
- Radeon HD 6850 (link: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3614#ov)
- Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3(link: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3901#ov)
- AMD FX-4100 (link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996)
- Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB 1600 MHz (link: http://www.corsair.com/memory-by-pr...hannel-ddr3-memory-kit-cmz4gx3m2a2000c10.html)
- ssd crucial m4 64gb (link: http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT064M4SSD2)
When i saw that there is zero responce (on screen the's a message that there is no signal). I also tried with just ram stick (tried tothe of them) in different slots.
I would greatly apreciate your response.
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Been getting random BSOD crashes and freezes on my PC. Heres the config:
OS: Windows 7 x64
CPU: core i5 750
MoBo: MSI P55-GD65
RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR3 @1066 MHz
GPU: 2xATI HD5770 in crossfire
HDD: WD 500GB blue edition
Wireless card: Linksys PCI wireless G adapter (WRT54G I think)
PSU: Corsair HX550 (550 watts)
Age: roughly 5 months
Re-installed the OS about 2 months back
Two things to note here:
1. Linksys did not release the windows 7 drivers for this wireless card. I am using the chipset manufacturer's (Ralink corp) drivers.
2. My PSU got burnt out in a power surge when my granddad tried to use it. I tried switching it on once after that and my PC came on kinda like a flickering bulb so I shut it off, but I might have damaged something because the BSODs started after this incident.
As for the BSODs, I get them whenever
1.I'm surfing the net using any browser,
2.while listening to music the sound driver crashes followed by a BSOD soon after
3.While playing any directx9 based game online(offline as well sometimes)
4.Also getting random freezes and restarts
These 3 apps open at the same time give me a guaranteed BSOD:
Any internet browser
WinAmp / Garena
EDIT:Sorry for the RAR file, didnt notice till I saw it attached.
heres the dump file stuffs:
Hello and welcome to TSF.
Bugchecks vary greatly, including some 0x24 which is normally hard drive related. memory_corruption is also flagged multiple times as the cause.
Start by testing the hard drive. Open an elevated command prompt (Start>type cmd>right-click>Run as administrator) and run the command chkdsk /r /f. It takes 2-3 hours to complete so it may be a good idea to run it overnight. Let us know how it works out for you. I'll start digging a bit deeper if necessary.
I ordered one from tigerdirect.com and I am looking foward to putting it together...
a contradictory question if ever I heared one!
I would assume that anything in a barebonekit would be pre-assembled, purely for conveniece, if not for ease of delivery.
Still, if they aren't assembled, it wouldn't be a lot to assemble yourself anyway
these are the specifications:
1 x SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (MAIN DRIVE THAT HOUSES OPERATING SYSTEM)
2 x CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
1 x Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 ...
1 x ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (DATA DRIVE ONLY)
1 x COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and ...
1 x ASUS ENGTX560 TI DC2 TOP/2DI/2GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ...
1 x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Since I purchased and installed these components together in May of 2012, I have had more BSOD since them that I had with my last PC which I had for 5 years (1 episode).. I checked the Memory using a MemTest, updated all my drivers. the only BSOD that I can contain is when I hit "start" button to close the PC down, If I use Glary Utilities to remove corrupted registry entries that particular BSOD goes away. Recently, the Windows explo... Read more
how many passes did you do the memtest for each RAM ??
You would need to do at least for 6-8 passes in order to confirm its not the RAM.... most of the BSOD are severe memory management errors....
Hello, I have an A8V-E Deluxe motherboard, and I made the mistake of updating the BIOS to one that I really didn't need, so now I can no longer modify my voltages. I have brought my Athlon 3000+ from 1.8 GHz, to 2.4 GHz, but it is really unstable, because I can no longer modify my voltages. The CPU vCore is at like 1.3 volts, but I need at least 1.6. I have tried to redownload an older BIOS, but it won't let me. Is there any way to revert the newer BIOS to an older one???
This may sound a daft question so apologies.
Sony Viao laptop comes up with the message no OS found, tried a recovery says cannot find a hard drive. Ubuntu disk does the same.
The strange thing is when i boot it i dont get any BIOS appear, checks or the F button or del option to go into boot/setup. I do get the Sony Viao logo appear and thats it.
So question is it the mainboard or just the bios is the issue?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Ok quick update, i think this is the HD now.
because i got the Sony Vaio screen ... i tried various F buttons and found that F2 allowed me into the setup. Which obviously means that the BIOS is fine, so looks like the HD then, any thoughts would be appreicated
I have a Gigabyte GA-8AENXP-D Mobo. I just installed 2 more Kingston 1gb DDR2 modules for a total of 4 kingston 1gb DDR2 modules. When it boots it only sees 3145728k of ram. When I had just 2 1gb modules it showed 2091752bytes of ram. I know the new ram is good as I have replaced the old modules with the new ones and everything worked fine.
I can even remove one of the modules and still get the bios reporting it only sees 3145728bytes of ram. I have the modules in the correct slots. I have the latest bios update from Gigabyte. And this Mobo is supposed to be able to handle 4 gigs of ram.
Because of this, windows will only use the 3 gigs of ram!
Anyone come across something like this before?
first off, i'd like to point out that running 4 gigs of non-ecc ram and/or using all 4 memory slots is a bad idea. reliability and performance take a big hit, one that often negates the advantages of more ram.
you should proceed to test out all your modules one at a time, then trying them in dual channel config. a little experimenting with module setups will often reveal the bad stick/problem. just remember to be smart and avoid killing your machine with static discharge.
I'm trying to install a fresh copy of Windows XP on my Gateway CX2610 laptop. However, setup says that "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer." I popped the HDD out (it was an old one) and popped a brand new HDD in, and tried to install XP again. Same problem. Any ideas? Do I need a BIOS upgrade? Is it the motherboard?
When you get into the BIOS setup, does it recognize the drive?
Hi, I'm Jeff. I heard about this site from my brother but I'm not sure if he's a member. Looks nice, gg.
Specs: XP Pro SP2, 1.99 GHz, 1gb RAM
Let me throw out my dilemma.
It started with me looking at my task manager. Like many people, I wondered why I had so many svchost's running, why they were taking so much power, and what they did. I DLed a third party task manager that allowed me to get into the svchost and view what processes were being run. Now, I'm not exactly computer retarded, but I should have known better than doing what I did. Because I couldn't find an svchost that ran anything even remotely familiar, I found one that was running one operation, one (from the description) that I thought I could stop for a moment, just to see what happens. I can't tell you what it was called exactly, only that remote was in the name. What happened is my computer told me it was shutting down in Tminus 30 seconds, then did.
I tried to start it back up. It showed the first screen (delete to setup screen) and the screen where I'd boot from disc. After that, it did not try to boot the hard drive. Just stayed black. So I flashed the CMOS. It came back to life. PHEW! saved myself.
But not really. Still, every now and then it will do it (this was about a week ago I suppose). I would flash my CMOS and try again, but I realized that it didn't help. Sometimes it wouldn't work when I did, and sometimes, after a try or 2, it would without having to.
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It could be a number of things; the first thing I would try is checking all of the connections on your Hard Drive! That's one of the most common problems, they call it the three C's. Connections, connections, connections. Seeing as it is an ancient machine, how long has it been since you cleaned it out. (dust, gunk, etc....)
Second thing, you know the capacitors on the motherboard? Check to make sure that they aren't bulging, per the image attached.
Next, I wouldn't suggest flashing your BIOS so much. That should only be done on extreme occasions and usually only when doing major upgrades to your workstation where your motherboard isn't 100% compatible with the old BIOS. That doesn't really sound like the situation here though.
As far as killing svchost.exe--as you found that doesn't have anything to do with your problem. From the mouth of wikipedia:
"In software Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) within the Microsoft Windows operating system. At startup, Svchost.exe checks the services part of the registry to construct a list of services that it must load. Multiple instances of Svchost.exe can run at the same time. Each Svchost.exe session can contain a grouping of services. Therefore, separate services can run, depending on how and where Svchost.exe is started. This grouping of services permits better control and easier debugging, but ... Read more
Re: ASRock K7VT6, Athlon 2600+
I left my system running the other day and came back a few hours later to find it had not hibernated but the screen was blank, the fans were running and the power & HD lights were lit. I hit the reset button and nothing happened. I turned off the power supply. Now when I try to power up I only get running fans, and the front led's (power& HD) stay lit.
I am down to the point now where I have 'bench tested" the unit with only the MOBO, CPU (with heat sink and fan), 1 stick of memory and the speaker connected. If I short the power switch the fan starts running, the CPU gets warm but no beeps, nothing.
I think I am down to either a bad MOBO, CPU or BIOS. How do I check this further.
Below are some of the things I have tried:
1. Went thru a multimeter check list, PSU is OK. All voltages on ATX connector OK. All ATX ground circuits on MB OK.
2. Removed all components and connectors from MB & reinstalled
3. Cleared CMOS by jumper, and also tried to clear by removing the battery.
4. I have tried a spare, known good, PSU.
5. I have tried both sticks of memory alone in slot 1.
Probably the board. When a processor goes bad you usually get beeps or no activity.
Okay well i posted this thread on toms hardware but i haven't gotten a solution yet. I've recently assembled my pc and everything seemed to be working fine. But one day my pc was frozen on the window menu. I hard to forceably turn off my computer and restart it. When i turned it back down my pc would turn on and off repeatedly until it finally turned on for good. When my computer freezes, my keyboard, mouse and headset Immediately turns off, basically anything connected to the mobo. So i'm guessing is a mobo problem. here are my specs
OS: window 8.1
MOBO: Asus P9x79 WS
CPU: intel i7 4930k 3.4ghz
GPU: 2x 780 ti's
Ram: Corsair Dominator 16gb 2400mhz (4x4gb)
PSU: Corsair AX1200i
Hardrive: 2tb Seagate SSHD
I've enabled XMP to run the ram at recommended settings, and disabled it, both options didn't solve the problem. It happens randomly, it could be on running fine for 8-10hours but out of no where the computer freezes acts wild (shuts itself off and on by itself). Any help?
We will get it all good for ya. No problems. All I need to see is what Brink says to attach to a post:
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions
In addition, please provide a screenshot of CPU-Z Memory tab, and one each of the SPD tab for each stick of RAM you have.
If you did not install proprietary drivers for your storage from the manufacturer's website, that would be a good idea to do so now.
I've just assembled a pc using different parts from old computers. For some reason my pc will turn on, but my screen just stays black. I've tried several graphic cards, nothing. How do I determine if its really the motherboard failing without a screen ?
First (obviously) you test the monitor and cable on another system.
No video can be caused by a bad video card, bad RAM, incorrectly installed CPU, incorrect BIOS setting, power supply, and finally MB.
You want to do some diagnostic tests to try and zero in on which component is the problem one. As you do the following diagnostic tests you should take the time to reseat the components carefully and double check all of your electrical connections.
Basic diagnostic procedure is to uninstall the entire build and start over. Some people do this out of the case by placing the motherboard on an anti-static surface. This eliminates the possibility that there is a short circuit between the motherboard and the case through the connection posts (stand-offs). A standoff in the wrong location or a sloppy job will cause a short.
The Test (power off, power cord unplugged):
Disconnect everything externally connected except the mouse and keyboard (printers, USB devices, etc). If you are not using a wired mouse and keyboard see if you can borrow one. The wireless device is just another component you have to deal with.
Disconnect the power and data cables from all the drives inside the computer (Hard drives, DVD/CD drives, etc).
Remove all the cards installed in the expansion slots (PCI/PCI-e) including the video card. (Be careful handling them and place them on a non conductive surface while testing).
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Hi all, I recently built a new PC consisting of an Asus A7N8X-E mobo and an AMD 2600 CPU, 512mb ram, a radeon 9600 vid card and a HDD i had lying around. I started to onstall XP Pro but got about 30% through the file copying process and got an NTFS problem. I tried a FAT32 partition but got the same problem. Any suggestions?
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Also, what size is the HD and what size the partition(s)?
I've got some new hardware and assembled it into a new pc.
Here are my specs:
i7 2600k not overclocked yet
RAM DDR3 Corsair Vengence 1866
Corsair AX850 gold
ASROCK extreme 4 gen 3 mobo
GTX 580 msi lightning 1.5gb vram
H80 corsair water cooling
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Windows 7 64 bit
So my problem goes like this. My computer will run fine when surfing the web or reading articles or posting in forums like tom's hardware. It happens sometimes when i surf youtube videos or listen to music. It also happens when i play games like skyrim and warcraft 3 (Dota). So far there's no problems with battlefield 3 yet. The problem is something like this: Music playing fine then suddenly the speakers went fuzzy and there's a kind of a wub wub wub sound then after about a sec or so, it resumes fine. Computer during that time frame will freeze up but it resumes normal working status after that second. During skyrim, the computer will freeze and have the same wub wub sound emanating from the speakers...
Drivers all are up to date by updating from the device manager screen. Ran hardware monitor and its not my cpu overheating. Idle temps are around 35 degree celsius (I live in singapore). Load temp max is at 55 or so (when running BF3 and prime 65).
This problem happens occasionally and its really making me worry if there's anything wrong with the system.
I would appreciate any assistance regarding this issue.
Start with testing your memory
it is weird that BF3 will run fine yet skyrum and other games will freeze on you
Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool
make sure to test each stick of RAM individually
atleast 11 passes
Sorry to give you trouble with my long e-mail. I have some problem with a P4 PC I am trying to put up, stuck with the same problem for the last 6 months.
Could you please tell me what kind of memory is compatible with P4 1.4 Gig 478 pin motherboard. I have tried with two different ECS Group P4IBMS micro atx MB and a p4 Atx Sapphire MB. When I tried to boot from win98 bootup disk, after partitioning on a new Maxtor 40 New HD when formating it freezes after the format completed and when writing file allocation table, at zero percent. Another 20 Gig maxtor drive also was tried, but same problem. Also tried booting from win98, win2000 and win XP CDs. In all cases it freezes after loading all the windows files and when it goes to copying to the windows folder, it freezes. But then it goes thru the formating ok, I tried FAT32 and NTFS formating. Tried the setup several times. It must be the problem with the processor, or Memory, most probably it is the memory. How can I be sure??
Could you tell me what memory is tested on p4 so that I can buy the right memory. I have 3 memory chips tested in this P4, all 256 MB PC 133. They all worked on systems with AMD K6 processors. Is there any way to isolate it a memory or processor problem. In this P4, both memory and processsor being registed by the system properly.
Thank you for your time and cooperation.
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I replaced the motherboard in my daughter's PC, because the old one wouldn't boot or go into the BIOS. To keep expenses as low as I could, I decided to re-use the old case, chip (1.2 Ghz AMD Duron) and drives. My choices were limited, because it is a "socket A" chip. I also TRIED to re-use the memory, but it wouldn't boot, so I bought 256 meg of RAM, as recommended by the board mfg., EPoX. I first tried to boot up with just the monitor, mouse, and keyboard attached (no drives), and it will boot the first time. (The EPoX mobo instructions say to select "Load Optimized Defaults" when you enter the CMOS setup utility.) This will work the first time you do it and then when you click on "save & exit" as instructed, the pc freezes up. Keystrokes have no effect. If you reset the pc, and then press "delete" to go back into BIOS during the POST, it will not work. It hangs on the last screen. If I turn the unit off, reset the CMOS, and then start all over, I can get into the BIOS, and try to set the date/time. It will hang again, and not go into the BIOS again. i have no way to get into the OS because the hard drive has been formatted. Any ideas?
BTW, I am the adventurous type and will try to fix most anything, but I'm NOT a geek.
Thanks in advance.
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I have an HP Pavilion a1719n desktop.
it was a vista 32 bit home premium now its an windows 7 32 bit home premium!
Software & Driver Downloads HP Pavilion a1719n Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
My motherboard is an ASUS P5LP-LE (LEONITE). https://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...roduct=3456096
click the link!!!!!
My CPU socket pins were damaged and so i bought another one it is the same motherboard i install it but my PC notice that i changed it.My original Bois that the mobo came with is 5.03 just like the new one. I update it the old mobo to the lasted bios from hp which is 5.23.
But since i changed it it revert it the 5.03 which is the new motherboard bios. So the i downloaded the bios from hp to update it but it says it does not meet the system requirements and i cant update it but some how it update it to 5.09 from some windows update package.
So is there anyway i can update it to 5.23 like i had it before?
I read on the internet that if you change you OEM mobo and replace it with another even if its exactly the same one it will not be recognize as an hp motherboard since my pc is an hp pavilion.
Anybody has this problem?
PS: i did not buy the new mobo from hp i got it off ebay. And the Bios from HP is for windows vista not seven. Also i already try installing vista again and updfate the bios from vista OS but no luck its not recognise as an OEM mobo.
Ok calm down. There are a few ways of doing this. I had the same problem with another HP I worked on.
Downloaded the bios folder that I have uploaded )This is the one from HP I just extraced it). The application named "Flash" in the folder I uploaded with this post right click and go to "properties" then go to "Compatablity" and change to windows vista. Then click ok and just run the application named "Flash." Post if this works or not.
Since I can't get a restart (Start/Shut Down/Restart) thing going on this new MoBo with a hard drive installed from another pC (with programs), and I seem to have glitches in MS Word (Winword errors on all files), I copied files to a CD and will do a full fdisk/format...but
The MoBo is a K7 Triton Series, GA-7VM266 and I have the utility disk that came with it..
How should I run that utility (after fdisk/format and under that DOS prompt, or in Windows98SE after an install of Windows)??????
Problem is that I have to hold the power button in for five seconds to shut down...I want to get it to operate as normal, by clicking either start/shutdown or restart...hope that makes sense?
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Hi, i've set up a used QDI (P6V693A) A5-133 MainBoard with a P3 600EB (133Mhz). I plugged in the RAM, hard drive (with XP) and floppy and the message comes up 'new CPU - enter BIOS to set it up'...
But ANY changes I make to the BIOS causes the PC to die on 'Save and Exit".
The CPU mobo jumpers are set correctly, but changing BIOS from default (400Mhz CPU) to the correct CPU causes total PC failure, forcing a BIOS reset.
I realise I'll probably have to reformat and/or re-install XP but I can't even begin that cos I cannot change the boot order to floppy first - cos it all goes dead when i try to restart and AGAIN i have to reset the BIOS in order to start it at all!!
All help much appreciated. thanks.
QDI motherboard manual - http://www.qdigrp.com/qdisite/eng/products/A5-133.htm
This IS a generalized guess, but more info from you may clarify?
First, what is the BIOS setting that you are changing, and FROM what value TO what value?
Second, what is the specification of the Memory that you are using?
I'm guessing that you are pushing the Memory Bus speed beyond the spec of the installed memory????
Just built a new machine using p5wd2 asus motherboard. Using dual core 3.4 ghz, 2 gig ddr-2 ram.
The problem is that some how the bios keeps getting altered upon reboot from its default settings, and I have to hit f2 to reset bios to default after every reboot.
The error is gives is something like overclock failed. Which I have not attempted to overclock the machine at all. I want it to run its default bios, and keep it that way. Some how this is not happening, and I am forced to hit f2 every reboot.
I downloaded and successfully flashed the bios to latest version, on its own ez-flash reboot, I had to hit f2 in order for bios to load and go to windows.
Im concerned this is some flaw in the motherboard.
Every part for this machine is brand new, just built it 2 days ago and have been fighting this problem ever since. Video card and power supply have both been verified as not a problem.
Basically losing bios settings every reboot. tried pulling battery, didnt help. I can try a new battery, but its a brand new mobo. So not sure what else could cause bios to forget or mess its settings every reboot.
It could have been a bad flash. corruption in the bios will cause it to reset every boot.
P4 2.8 ghz
512 ddr pc 2100 ram
Been having a problem with a hard drive that I just cannot snag. Well, I think I have the issue possibly straightened out now, but stepping in here for advice.
I purchased a WD 1800JB (180 gig) hard drive and am having trouble getting it to run properly. I get frequent corruption, some types of video media will not play, and crc checks (using SFVCheck) fail when this drive is connected via the slave channel in my system. XP Home with Service Pack 1 is in.
I tested out an old Maxtor 40 gig on the slave channel and had no such problems. Also switched IDE cables and did all the other precautionary steps. Now I was leaning towards the problem being the physical hd itself. However, I forget to mention that this is an RMA'd drive, and the previous drive gave me the same problem.
Anyway, I set up the 180 gig in an old Athlon 700 box as master and installed Win 2k Pro on it. WORKED FINE! This proves that there is nothing wrong with the physical drive. CRC checks passed, the vids in question played.
What did I do next? I installed the drive in this box as master and installed XP Home on it. Went to boot and I get a "set proper boot device" message or something along those lines. So I go ahead and put my real boot drive on slave and see what happens. It boots off of the slave! It still recognizes the 180 gig hd, but it is assigned D:\ in windows and acts as if it is the slave with all the same problems as before... Read more
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I would really appreciate some help/advice with the following, as I`m pretty much at my wits end:
I attempted to install a second harddrive into my pc, something which I`ve done before in other pcs without too much trouble. After swapping the order of the four drives (two hdds, plus a cdrom and a cdrw) around till they all were seen by windows, and in the order that I wanted, I turned the pc off (cant quite remember why, it was over a week ago), went and ate. When I switched it back on it wouldn`t boot, so I got the cmos screen up, and checked that everything looked as it should. It did, so I tried booting again, and it would hang each time, the only way I could get out of the hang was to pull the plug out. So I did this maybe a dozen times, then had the "bright" idea of resetting the cmos jumper on the mobo. Nothing drastic happened, good or bad, so I reset the clock/date made sure the hdd settings were set to "auto", and then exited. It hung again, so I pulled the plug, and then Nothing. The fan comes on, and the light, but that`s it. I have an AOC monitor that turns itself off onto standby mode if it dosn`t get a signal, which is what happens when I plug it in now. I`ve tried disconnecting all drives and just running it with ram, and graphics (it`s onboard, not a seperate card), but still the monitor switches to standby, giving a "no signal or cable disconnected" message first. There`s no beeps, no floppy boot if I connect the floppy. Jus... Read more
hmmm... you should get SOMETHING with just the CPU plugged in... even with the memory pulled out.
Your system might have died, and sticking in RAM into it might have damaged your "old" memory... speculating. I or anyone else wasn't there... and don't know anything about your hardware.
Try only this when powered up: CPU ONLY. no drive cables getting power or data to the board. Just the CPU, not even the memory - you should still get POST, if its still alive. (also, reset CMOS again too. unplug power - change cmos jumper for a few seconds then back to normal, replug power cord, press power button).
I purchased a p4c800-E Deluxe MoBo and have installed, a Intel P4 2.8E GHz (Prescott) 800 MHz FSB 1 MB L2 Cache HT Processor, a GB of Ram (Below), and a ATI 9600 AIW Video Card (128 MB DRAM).
Kingston ValueRAM Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G (
512 x2) DDR PC-3200
Type: 184 Pin DDR SDRAM
Error Checking: Non-ECC
Cas Latency: 3
Support Voltage: 2.6V
Organization: two 64M x 64 -Bit
I have all the MoBo settings (in set-up) on standard/auto and the latest system BIOS installed (1016.001 2/23/04) yet the system is running my memory at,"DDR Frequency 266 Mhz Dual Channel, Linear Mode." How do I get the system to recognize that the Ram is DDR 400 and runn accordingly????
I ran test on the memory and am even more confused now. I ran Microsoft's freeware, "Windows Memory Diagnostic" and the memory failed every test. I thought that odd and ran the test per chip/bank. The test showed bank 0 (A1) as generating all of the errors. I took the DIMM from bank 3 (B1) and placed it in bank 0 (A1) leaving the bad DIMM from bank 0 out of the system. I again ran the test and again the memory failed all test. So now I extracted the memory that was originally in bank 3, now in bank 0 and removed it from the system. I replaced it with the memory that was originally in bank 0 and put it back in bank 0 while keeping the other out of the system. Again the memory failed... Read more
Thanks to you guys that viewed my question even though no one had a response. I wrote ASUS Help Desk and they said to RMA the board - sounded like a dead memory bank. I just built the machine two weeks ago and the last thing I wanted was a DOA MoBO. I guess I should have suspected something sooner as the memory usage was never over 30% even with games and video editing. I suppose it saw the memory - just couldn't use it. Weird!!! I have a new question if someone has experience I would be thankful if they shared it. I yanked the MoBo and plan on replacing it. I have a 0 RAID on the promise SATA connections. I am running XP Pro Sp 1a. Is it possible to just plug up the new MOBO and go. I haven't activated the OS as I suspected something wasn't right. Thanks again to those who stopped to help.