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I have a HP Pavilion XT963 that when I turn it on it, it's on like 10 seconds and then it makes a click sound and the light goes out. But the fan still runs and the monitor light goes orange too. Anyone know what it could be?
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could be a number of things, but i would suspect a hardware problem. Bad memory, bad hard drive, or a bad video card to start with.

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I left it for a few months and dug it back out to mess with and it started working, I left it for a couple of weeks and it did it again. The only thing that I could find on it was maybe the memory was either bad or loose, so tomorrow I will get it out again and see if that does anything.
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I tried it again and now it will go to the window saying, "Windows is starting up" and stays on that. It won't do anything else, so I system restored it back to factory and and it is working now. I did that a few months ago and it did the same thing but when I turned it off and back on a couple of weeks later it did the same thing it's doing now. I will turn it off later and see if it will come back on.

Edited by Area 51, 03 February 2007 - 12:54 PM.

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You might see if you can replace the cmoc battery(about the size of a penny and looks like one too) on the motherboard. It sounds like the CMOS battery has gone dead.

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Edited by SRX660, 03 February 2007 - 02:17 PM.

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Well I turned it off several times and it came on everytime, hopefully it will keep working. I will replace the battery too just in case, what does it actually do? And thanks for your help SRX660.
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hi,

Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, or CMOS, typically refers to a battery-powered memory chip in your computer that stores startup information. Your computer's basic input/output system (BIOS) uses this information when starting your computer.
hope this answers your your question (what does it actually do)

cheers...xxx1
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Yes it does, thank you very much.
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Well I have a update on my situation; I turned it off and the next day it did the same thing it did the first time it messed up. So I thought well I will reboot it again and it went to system recovery, then it said it was unable to recover so I clicked " OK ". Then I went to restart it and now it shows the " HP VENT " blue window and then goes to a flashing underscore like this _. It does this on F2, F8, and F10, the only one it doesn't do it on is F1 the BIOS, so I think now my OS is gone so I don't think I will waste my time on it anymore. What do some of you think?
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