Switching on PC takes me directly to awardBIOS Setup Utility

April 2, 2012 at 08:06:41
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 512
Have not used this PC for sometime it has windows XP with AMD Athlon 1500, when switching on it takes me to the BIOS setup saying the system hung for improper frequency combination.
I changed the battery on the CPU (CR2032) as it was quite old. I think i have lost the settings for the CPU frequency and the CPU/PCI.
I have changed them to CPU frequency 10.0x CPU/PCI 133/33 found these on a site with info for Athlon but still not starting normally.

Any help would be appreciated

I am a complete novice when it comes to this.

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April 2, 2012 at 09:11:36
Try setting it to the default values

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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April 2, 2012 at 09:49:19
The multiplier setting depends on which chip you have. See the links below. What kind of trouble are you having?

Is your computer a desktop or laptop?



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April 3, 2012 at 02:01:14
Thanks for the prompt reply.

clive_pearce - have tried setting to default with no success

othehill - computer is a desktop not sure which chip i have will look into this further.
I used the settings from the link you posted. Trouble is when I save the settings the screen switches off and nothing happens, on reboot goes back to BIOS setup.

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April 3, 2012 at 04:35:38
Try 200 & 10. Your memory may be too slow for the 266 setting.

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April 3, 2012 at 06:17:09
Managed to get as far as the windows logo screen and then it reboots and seems to be in a loop.

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April 3, 2012 at 09:42:25
Are there any default settings for the screen with those settings. Read the messages on the side of the screens. If you can, set that page to default settings.

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April 3, 2012 at 11:15:49
I might be way off here. If it gets to the windows logo screen, then the BIOS has loaded, so could there be another problem with the hard drive.

How about trying a Live cd like Knoppix, & booting from that?

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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April 3, 2012 at 11:53:14
clive, if the settings are overclocking then the hardware may not be stable but still may start.

You may also be correct. I am assuming because the computer ran OK before sitting for months then the Windows installation should be OK.

RAM can cause all kinds of problems. While the computer is unplugged, try snapping each RAM module out and in 4 or 5 times to burnish the contacts. Wouldn't hurt to re-seat the cards can cables too.

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April 4, 2012 at 05:30:21

Do not see any settings for screen but had defaulted all the other pages.

Have tried burnishing the RAM contacts and re-seated cards and cables but still no joy.

Also booting with a live cd did not work still get logo screen and reboots itself.

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April 4, 2012 at 06:00:36
Did you try setting 10 and 100 for the settings? Try using only one stick of RAM.

The thermal paste/pad that transfers the heat from the CPU to the heat sink may have lost its integrity. Or the CPU cooling fan may not be rotating.

To check for overheating, boot into the BIOS (setup) screens. The keystroke/s to get into the BIOS vary with the model. Custom PCs are usually the del key but pre-assembled units are usually one of the F keys like F1 or F2. Watch the screen for prompts.

Once in the BIOS screens look for a screen that shows system and CPU temperatures and voltages. The 3.3V, 5V & +12V should read +- 5% of the default values.

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April 4, 2012 at 10:49:02
Tried the setting 10 and 100 - they did not work. The settings that take me to the windows logo are 12 and 133.
Temp and voltages are all within +/- 5%

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April 4, 2012 at 11:00:28
Then try 13 & 10. Your processor should either use 10 or 13 for the multiplier. The 200/266 is for the RAM. As stated above, your RAM may not be stable at 133 (266).

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April 4, 2012 at 11:09:43
What are the system and CPU temperatures?

You may need to remove the heat sink and read the model of your CPU off the die. It is printed right on it.

Post the brand and full model of your computer. If you have an add in graphics card then post the brand and full model of that card.

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April 5, 2012 at 01:38:49
Temperatures MB - 22c CPU - 49c

Core Voltage - 1.7v

The PC is a Mesh Matrix 2 1900 ( not 1500 as I stated on first post)

Graphics Card 64MB Gforce4 - MX440

Not happy about removing heat sink as I have said I'm a complete novice.

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April 5, 2012 at 07:13:15
Your last post is confusing to me. You stated you have an Athlon (XP) 1500 CPU.

The link below is for specs on a mesh matrix 2 1900 computer. Open your case and look for the model number and brand of the motherboard. Should be printed somewhere near the edge of the board.

Something here is not making any sense.

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April 5, 2012 at 07:32:22
Sorry for the confusion this is my first problem with a pc normally they function
ok. The old paper work that I have found states that the motherboard is an Athlon XP 1900 ( my mistake regarding the 1500)

The only info that I can see on the motherboard is ASUS A7A266-E this is in the middle of the board not the edge. Nothing printed near the edge anywhere.

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April 5, 2012 at 08:29:53
Your motherboard has many features that you need to read about.

There are jumpers and DIP switches which I assume you have not disturbed.

Your board can use 2 different types of memory modules but not at the same time. If your memory is installed in the bank of 2 memory slots you are using DDR memory. If installed in the bank of 3 then you are using SDRAM.

Your board should be set to automatically detect the proper settings. There is a jumper to over ride the automatic detection

The correct settings for an Athlon XP 1900 are 12/100/133 with 1.75V vcore.

Below is a link to a downloadable copy of the motherboard manual. I suggest you download it and save it to CD. Review it and verify everything is set for auto detect.


Read about the BIOS setup starting at pg 50. Pay special attention to AGP settings as they can cause stability issues.

I suggest you try 12 multiplier and 100 FSB. Your RAM may be too slow for 133.

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April 5, 2012 at 08:58:35
You assume correct I have not touched jumpers or DIP switches.

Thanks for the info regarding types of memory it would appear that I am using DDR as memory is in 2 slots.
I will have look at the download as you suggest and read about the BIOS settings. I looked on line before but obviously not at the right site.

Will also try your suggestion 12 multiplier and 100 FSB.

Once again sorry for the confusion you have been more than patient with me.

Thanks for everything so far.

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