cannot save boot order in bios

March 4, 2009 at 21:13:14
Specs: Windows 7
I recent brought a new mother board-xfx geforce 8200 am2+, in order to install the os i need to set the cd-dvd boot first, but each time I try-using f10 or exit save changes, the bios flips back to boot hdd first. Note-- it does save other changes.

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March 4, 2009 at 21:32:17
Does your motherboard have a cmos battery installed?

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March 4, 2009 at 21:47:40
yes the battery is on the board, and the clear cmos jumper is in the 1-2 position. I should also mention that I still using the old hd with a vista operating system, which when it skip cd boot first it will try to start windows. Needless to say that doesn't work get a flash of a blue screen error. I would like to do a clean install but with this problem I can't boot from the cd\dvd drive...

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March 4, 2009 at 22:08:11
Does the posting screen show the cdrom(s)? If it's not seeing them it'll go to the HD and attempt a boot there.

Maybe the battery or holder has a bad/loose connection. Or maybe it's in backwards. To test that DON'T just turn the battery around. Check the manual or polarity indicators (+ -).

Can you tell if it's holding the time and date? If not, it's got to be a failure with the cmos somewhere. Well, either that or it's not being saved correctly.

With some motherboards you can hit a key (not the cmos/bios setup key) to alter the first boot device. To temporarily get around the problem--and if the motherboard has that capability--you can boot from the CD that way.

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March 4, 2009 at 23:21:06
thanks, will try it tomorrow.

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