Solved Computer freezes on start-up (suspect bios)

March 29, 2013 at 18:02:59
Specs: Windows Home Premium 64, AMD AthlonII x4 635
When I turn on my computer, I get HDD activity flashing for a second or two, then computer goes to blank screen and just holds there, showing the underscore cursor (but not recognizing any keyboard or mouse actions). I have to press and hold power to get it to shut down so I can try again. If I press escape during startup and go to initial bios blue screen, it allows me to select load options (f5, I think) and I can select the hard drive, then WIndows loads fine.

Is my BIOS or HDD dying?


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#1
March 29, 2013 at 18:30:55
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No but you CMOS battery probably is.

The CMOS battery holds the hardware settings when you turn the computer off. The fact that you can go into the BIOS and select the hard disk and load Windows is a good indication of this. Check the time as well. If the time is wrong that will confirm that the battery needs replacing.

How you do this is dependant on whether you have a desktop of a laptop. With a desktop you will find the battery on the motherboard. It is a small silver coin battery of the type you will find in cameras. Will all power removed, replace it.

After replacing, boot back to the BIOS, check the settings and the time and any other settings that may need to be adjusted and save them. Usually by pressing F10

Reboot and you should be fine.

Stuart


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#2
March 30, 2013 at 15:35:12
Fantastic!!! The new battery seems to have fixed my problem on my desktop computer. It loaded default bios settings. Are there ant settings I should go back and look at, maybe tweak, to make my system run better?

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#3
March 30, 2013 at 17:32:45
Without knowing the details fo your hardware there is no way of telling what settings may improve things.

However, if this is a branded computer then the default settings are usually sufficient.

Stuart


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#4
March 30, 2013 at 18:39:57
It is an HP Pavillion P6520f (AMD Quad, WIndows 7 Home Premium x64) - pretty much out of the box except I added an extra 300 GB hard drive I had from my old computer.

Thank you so much for your help.


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