BIOS Reset

Dell / DIMENSION 4600
April 23, 2009 at 03:52:06
Specs: XP, 2.4/512
This machine is acting weird! I have re-partitioned it and reformatted (FAT32) it. It will accept an XP or 98SE load but it will not recognize the video card - says it can't find a free I/O port and is in conflict with an ACPI device whose resources I can't modify. Additionally, it will not allow me to load my Killdisk S/W which I use to wipe the HD. I even did a BIOS update but it didn't fix the video card problem. My last desperate act is to reset the BIOS but the motherboard does not have a reset jumper. My question is: how do I reset the BIOS on this MOBO (E210882)?

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April 23, 2009 at 04:49:57
Unplug the power (which you've hopefully done already) & remove the CMOS battery on the motherboard - leave it for 5 minutes & when you replace it the BIOS should be set to defaults. You should also have an option within the BIOS settings to set to default as well.

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April 23, 2009 at 05:39:28
You likely need to to download and install the chipset drivers.

You should be able to find them on the Dell site.


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April 23, 2009 at 05:45:07
Is your video card an actual "card" or is it integrated graphics?

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April 24, 2009 at 04:07:40
I have tried VGA, PCI and on-board video. In all cases the resource manager says the card can't find an open port. Also, this motherboard does not have a re-set option in BIOS. I will try the chipset install. Thanx

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