Have to reseat cmos battery to boot!

June 22, 2009 at 18:08:28
Specs: Windows XP, 512, lost the other stick...
All right, well this has been a problem I have had for a while but I just ignored fixing because well, I didnt know how. Basically if I want to restart my computer or do anything, it wont boot back up unless I open it up, and reseat the cmos battery. Then I have to go redo bios(no changes), restart and then I get the cmos checksum error or something similar to that. I press F1 to continue and usually it boots up. About 70% of the time it freezes at some stage in between, and sometimes windows loads, and I can use the mouse and keyboard, but windows pretty much freezes. When I do get it working it varies how long it lasts. But eventually it freezes and I have to redo everything. Usually when installing something or playing a game so I think it might be when its under stress. Btw before this problem happened I used to get random reboots and warning beeps but I couldnt figure out what they were indicating. Possibily temperature. But since this problem started occuring I dont get any more beeps. I formatted about 2 weeks ago, and just downloaded basic sound, video, and network drivers. Thats it for drivers and what not. Well any help would be greatly appreciated. I spent about a grand 3-4 years ago and built my comp. I dont think its worth replacing multiple parts and I'm thinking about just scrapping it. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Thanks

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#1
June 22, 2009 at 18:14:26
Have you tried just booting into the BIOS (setup) and resetting the values without removing the battery?

When you shut down your computer are you somehow completely interrupting all AC power to the computer? That could be by using a power strip or a switched receptacle.


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#2
June 22, 2009 at 18:35:10
I cant boot into bios unless I reseat the battery. It wont boot at all. It just sits there with everything on, doesnt give me a single beep or anything. And to turn off I just hold the power button, then switch it off in the back and unplug the cord from the computer to make sure there is no connection.

NEW*update* go figure I would notice this now after I mentioned I dont get the endless beeps anymore. But apparently when I was going into bios I was quiting without saving. I NOW just noticed that and attempted to save and then quit(still no changes to bios just have to go through it)

Soooo now since I saved while in bios, sometimes it turns off and sometimes I have to sever the power cable and plug it in again to post, however it pretty much deleted the earlier problem...maybe...and now its just starts beeeeeeboooooobeeeeboooooobeeeeeooooo the second I turn it on. Even if I reseat the cmos battery it doesnt revert the its earlier problem, annddd yea it eventually freezes, only made it to windows once. So yea any idea which piece of hardware could cause these type of issues.

I turned off beeps for various in items when I managed to get into bios, from what I can tell its not a temperature problem(maybe) and possibly its a voltage problem. But now it usually freezes on code 75 more than any other one, and code 75 is looking for ide devices. My keyboard is pretty old, and I know my mouse is dying. Could this have anything to do with it


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#3
June 22, 2009 at 20:01:42
The keyboard could. Booting slow and crashing/freezing sounds more like ram. Might try to d/l memtest and run it at bootup. Try the quick test first.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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#4
June 23, 2009 at 07:48:28
The keyboard is required for booting. Try swapping that.

WinXp Amd 64 3000 Msi Neo2 Platinuim 1 gig ddr 400. When we cast a pebble into a pond we should look past the first ripple.


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