Had BIOS issue, now no display/peripherals

December 22, 2010 at 17:30:04
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.66GHz/6GB
Hi, all.

I've recently had to move my usually very reliable home-built computer downstairs from its former home. After the move was complete, I fired it up and ran successfully for a few hours. Then for some reason I chose to restart the machine. After the restart, the computer came up with this message:

"Award BootLock Bios v1.0. Copyright 2000, Award Software Inc.
Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive..."

After which it would restart, display the same message, restart, display the same message, etc., until it was finally unplugged. On firing up the machine again after unplugging it, the same series of cryptic messages/restarts repeated itself.

At this point, I hopped on my laptop and started googling that message to figure out what if anything could be done about this. I found a suggestion that I shuffle the memory around on the motherboard. Now that I've done that, I have a completely different set of problems.

Now, when I turn on the machine, it sounds like it wants to boot for about five seconds, then powers off, then powers back on after about three seconds and sounds like it wants to boot again. Only thing is, I get no mouse/keyboard lights, and no apparent indication on the monitor that it's actually doing anything beyond running the fans and turning on the lights on the chassis.

So... what can I do about this? I like this machine a lot and would prefer not to replace the thing if it can possibly be avoided. Here are the steps I've taken since this most recent constellation of symptoms has started, none of which have had any apparent effect:

1. Reseated the graphics card. Several times.
2. Reseated the TV tuner card. Can't see any reason why this would have anything to do with anything, but it's the only other expansion card I have installed.
3. Checked the connections to the hard drive.
4. Unplugged/replugged main power supply to the motherboard.

Anyone have any ideas? I'm working with a GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard, an Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor, and I'm working with 3 sticks of CORSAIR XMS3 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) for memory. I can get you other details if need be, as well. I understand based on earlier searches this evening that Gigabyte motherboards have issues for lots of people with the "lost bios" thing that was my first symptom, but I can't find any mention of the second.

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December 23, 2010 at 09:53:24
I would pull the battery a reset the bios to factory....yeah you will have to go through the setup to get it back to your personal config.

No joy? The power supply or the power cord comes to mind.

You are not the first to move a computer and then experience problems...

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