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CPU error message whem I boot up


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peterdavies79

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When I start up my computer I gat a blank screen which says the following.

Phoenix - Award BIOS v6.00PG
Copyright © 1984-2005, Phoenix Technologies, LTD

(Dual Channel Symmetric Mode)
Memeory frequency for DDR400 Specifications
IDE Channel 1 Master : ST380817AS 3.42
IDE Channel 1 Slave ; None
IDE Channel 2 ; HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B DLIO
IDE Channel 2 Slave ; None

CPU is unworkable or has vhanged. Please recheck - CPU SOFT MENU

Press F1 to continue, DEL to setup


I hit F1 and it loads up ok but there is some strange behaviour - most noticeable is an occasion "jumping" or "squeezing in" of the screen for a split second. I'm also getting dial-up connection messages when I access the internet.
Do I have a problem? The "CPU is unworkable" message worries me.
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I would replace the Cmos battery on the motherboard. The Bios may be reverting to default due to a dead or weak battery. Double check the Bios settings and/or motherboard jumpers for the CPU and make sure they are correct.

What are the motherboard and CPU make and model?

Edited by Whiskeyman, 07 March 2007 - 10:43 AM.

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macten

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take a look at this thread:

http://forum.abit-us...ead.php?t=97333
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Thanks very much guys. I followed the link and then loaded the optimum settings and all seems well, although the screen dtill jumps now and again - is this a problem or just an old monitor starting to play up? I got the pc package with monitor about 18 months ago so it isn't that old but I can't tell you if its a good one or not. Its a phillips, that's all I know 'cos it says it on the front :whistling:
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Someone gave me a 17" crt monitor last spring. When I first started using it, I would hear a slight 'pop' and the screen would go dark for a second and then come back to normal. I thought for sure that a capacitor was going and that the monitor wouldn't last much longer. I just figured that I'd use it till it died. Here it is 12 months later and the monitor is still running. And the problem it had is gone.

I would double check that all connections are tight. Do you have anything electronic next to that monitor? I suspect this is a case where you run it till it breaks....
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That's fair enough. I'll just keep it going until I need a new one. Thanks
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