Up 'til two days ago I had a password on my computer (the BIOS one) and the complete system (1,44, 128 ram, windows me, 3 years old) was working fine. Then it failed to load up normally or from the reset button.
After about the 6 attempt to boot up my password disappeared and, well I don't know how else to describe it but the 'way' it loaded up changed: Now it checked the 'Primary master, secondary master, primary slave and secondary slave' and its on the secondary slave that it says 'not detected' - does this mean anything?
Anyway it was then working fine until the day after when for the love of god it would not fully boot up!
I kept getting a number of different messages like:
CMOS/GPNV Checksum Bad and
CMOS memory size wrong
Quite a few times it got 'stuck' checking the NVRAM
- Different amounts were OK and then it would freeze
- The tower also made some funny noises doing this as well
One time when the system had half booted up everything disappeared and the monitor message of 'Attention - Out of range - H:27,8 Khz V:52,9 Hz' appeared!
It freezes at various positions of loading and the BIOS date has returned to FEB 26/2002 (when I bought it)
When I finally got it booted up there was no memory to run any programmes and the screen was all pixelated
Please someone tell me it's just the CMOS battery!
I hope this makes sense to someone and I look forward to any replies!
Edited by anyabekx, 07 November 2005 - 08:33 AM.