my computer is stuck at the bios

September 28, 2010 at 13:54:22
Specs: Windows vista
my problem started 2 months ago. I installed a update for lime wire. I shut down the computer and tried booting up the next day would not load past bios. I did some research and found that by pulling the cmos battery might help so i tried that. This was a success. I deleted the program limewire thinking this might have caused the problem. A month goes by, one day while booting the computer i get a bios checksum error. the time and date were incorrect. I did some more research and found this could be related to a dying battery. Replaced cmos battery with a new one. I am still stuck at the bios screen. If i hit f10 right away when i hit the power button, entering setup... will come across the screen and then sits there. If i leave the computer on overnight sometimes i will be in the bios screen. I was able to access bios today and fixed the time and date. I also turned on the boot screen diagnostics and from my understanding the computer will tell me what it's doing as it loads.

so i made sure that the bios saved the date and time. exited saving changes and same problem. I turned off the computer and let it sit before powering. The boot diagnostics says Initializing usb controllers but stops there.

I have also tried reseting the cmos by using the jumper and powering up with just the monitor plugged in to see if my keyboard or mouse could be the problem. I should also inform you that after being on all night the power supply is very warm so im wondering if i might be overheating. I hear the fan running.

I am using a hp pavillion slimline s 3400t intel core 2 duo e4600 2.40 ghz cpu speed is 2.40 ghz/fsb speed 800 mhz
the bios is a phoenix-award bios v6.00pg


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#1
September 28, 2010 at 14:28:45
Check the settings in the bios. It may be that it changed or deleted drive settings or other settings needed to boot.

Be sure you have the battery in correctly too.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
October 5, 2010 at 19:54:19
thank you for the reply. i have looked at the battery, label side is facing up so i believe i put the battery in correctly. to your second ? what should i be looking for when i can access bios ? someone suggested to see if im booting from cd or hard drive and to turn off bios virus checker.

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#3
October 11, 2010 at 12:38:03
i turned on the computer two days ago and hit f10. entering setup was displayed. I shut off computer today still unable to access bios

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#4
October 11, 2010 at 12:47:24
Try and get into the bios again. You are looking for the Boot menu. there it will list the order in which it tries to boot from. usually it is CD-Rom first, hard drive second, removable last. There might also be a USB boot option. If that is on turn it off. Make sure the CD and hard drive are listed as first boot options. It isn't seeing the OS which makes me believe it is trying to boot from USB.

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#5
October 12, 2010 at 19:39:56
hi bummer,
i am in bios right now. I see that my cd drive is listed as first and my hard drive is second. I am doing a smart extended self test right now on the hard drive. So far i have passed the smart status check and the smart short self-test. I havne't seen any thing listed as the third boot option but i will check after my test is done.

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#6
October 12, 2010 at 22:20:00
hey bummer,

Are you talking about the boot device priority ?
1st boot device is the floppy group
2nd boot device cd-rom group
3rd boot device hdd group
4th boot device network boot group

floppy group boot priority not installed
cd-rom group boot priority not installed. ( i have the cd drive unplugged right now)
hdd group boot priority ST3500630AS
network group boot priority not installed

am i to assume that i need to make the hdd group first and the floppy group the 3rd boot device ?

In main tab 1st drive is cd-drive and 2nd drive is the hard drive.


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#7
October 12, 2010 at 23:01:13
i moved the hdd group to first priority and made the floopy group 3rd priority. even plugged back in cd drive. still not loading.
the reason i had unplugged the cd drive was i read a thread on here where someone had a bad cd drive and when they unplugged it they were able to boot past bios just in case your wondering
trying to get back into bios hopefully will be able to soon

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#8
October 22, 2010 at 19:08:48
i am now able to load past the boot up screen but after that the monitor goes black so i think im not accessing the os

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#9
April 13, 2011 at 13:18:13
I need help. My PC goes straight to bios and cannot start up. what's the problem? any advice. thank you

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