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BIOS problem?


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drlovemoose

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I have a dell dimension and when I start it I get the following message- "Invalid Configuration Information-Please run SETUP program.
"Performing automatic IDE configuration press F1 to continue F2 for setup." Once I click F1 i get the same message. When I go into SETUP it does not detect the HD or cd-rom. It says not installed and everything is set to Auto detect. Thank you
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drlovemoose

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Could this be a battery problem?
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Possibly, how long have you had the computer before, is it pre-built? If it is then there shouldn't be a shortage of wattage so then that would be out of the question, unless you upgraded some of the components.

Did you recently take off the lid and do anything with the computer? Did you have any other problems with the computer before this?
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No problems before. This is a dell desktop. I have not done anything to it.
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Go to your Bios settings, different manufacturers have different ways of getting to it, I'd say to try F8 or F12 when booting up, from there you should be able to change the order configuration of the boot process

Let's say you have a floppy drive, cd rom drive and a hard drive, it should list all three of these in a certain order to boot up. Make sure that the Hard drive is the cd rom drive is the first thing to boot, then the hard drive.

If you don't see any list of things to boot up then your motherboard is not recieving a signal from any of these sources, either a wire is a bad or most likely something came out a bit. Check to see that all your cables are snuggled in correctly. If not then the next thing I would recommend is a motherboard reset.
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how do you do a motherboard reset?
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You can do it a couple ways, either select load defaults in the Bios Display, change the jumpers or something else.

A quick search on google will do ya some good, I found http://www.dewassoc....os_password.htm
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I cannot find the option to load the setings to default in the BIOS. I have a dell dimension
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While you have the case open, make sure all your cables are connected properly. If only a partition of the cables are plugged in ,you wont boot.
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