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American Megatrends message on startup


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SarahMP

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Good morning,

I am hoping someone can help me with a problem with my computer, which developed yesterday. I was using my laptop without the power cable yesterday morning - the battery ran low and so the computer shut down. I plugged in the cable and powered back on, and was greeted with an American Megatrends message on start-up. I've restarted several times, and have the same problem each time. One of the options on the screen is Press F1 to load default values and continue, which I have been doing - this takes me to my desktop, but the date at time is stuck at 2008. Can anyone help with why this is happening, and what I can do to fix it? Here is the full text on the startup screen:

Press F2 to run setup
Press F12 for BBS POPUP
The MCH is operating with DDR2-533/CL4 in Dual-Channel Interleaved Mode
Initializing USB Controllers .. Done
2048MB OK

Auto-Detecting Pri Master .. IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting 3rd Master .. ATAP/CDROM
Pri Master: TOSHIBA MK1246GSX LB213M
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status OK
3rd Master: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-K17A 3.5L
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Auto-Detecting USA Mass Storage Devices ...
00 USB mass storage devices found and configured

CMO Date/Time Not Set
Press F2 to Run SETUP
Press F1 to load default values and configure

I would be so grateful for any help, the above is total gobbledegook to me, so any help deciphering this and resolving would be very gratefully received.

Thanks,

Sarah
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phillpower2

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:welcome: SarahMP

You need to enter set up using the F2 key when you next power up the notebook, when you are in set up you need to reset the time and date so that they are correct, press F10 to save and exit and then Y to confirm the changes, the instructions for how to navigate the set up area will be explained either on the top or the bottom of the page.

By choosing the load defaults you are returning the system settings to what they were when the notebook was assembled back in 2008, this can also happen when the internal coin cell battery that powers the BIOS chip that stores the up to date settings dies, these batteries can and do last for many years so it is unlikely that this is the cause of your incorrect time and date settings.

I hope that this helps and let us know how it goes or if you have any questions.
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SarahMP

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Hello - thank you so much for your reply. I have amended the time & date settings as you suggested, this seems to have fixed for now! I will let you know if there are any more problems. Fingers crossed!

Thank you again for such a prompt and helpful reply.
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You are most welcome :thumbsup:
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