|Hi there, this has been a problem with my computer ever since I received it; as it was second-hand, I just kind of accepted it, but it has become a major problem for me recently.|
My computer was bought from Canada Computers originally, then passed down to me from my mom's boss while they were replacing most of their computers with Apple iMacs. It has a Biostar K8M800 Micro AM2 Motherboard, with an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU (2 GHz and not currently overclocking; that's another story, and another thread...) and 2GB of DDR2 667 MHz RAM. It has a 500W PSU and an ATi HD Radeon 3650 512MB AGP graphics card. Lastly, there is a 500GB SATA II hard disk drive in it, with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit as the only OS.
My problem is this: every time I start on my computer, as all computers should, it is supposed to go through a Quick Power On Self Test (POST). However, it doesn't usually complete the POST on the first try, and therefore does not beep. If I don't hear a beep saying the POST was successful, then I have to hit the Reset button on my computer. Often, multiple times. This morning, when I tried to turn on my computer, I think I must have hit the reset button at least 4 times, and in the middle I even tried holding the power button to turn it off, then turn it back on again. Eventually I was able to get the thing to start, or I would not be posting this right now.
I'm guessing this has something to do with a BIOS setting, but I'm not entirely sure the process of elimination would work for this. Do you think, if I disabled the "Quick Power On Self Test" in the BIOS, would it skip the "Quick" part and go through a full POST, or would it just disable the POST completely? I have a feeling it's just rushing through it and "forgetting" to finish.