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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by suga252, Nov 20, 2003.

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  1. suga252

    suga252 Thread Starter

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    OK guys, I got a good one for ya.

    HOW DO YOU FIX A CMOS READ/WRITE ERROR!!!!! :confused:


    I got a system whose CMOS was previously giving me all kinds of errors on start up, to the point where it started asking me for a password, and the customer NEVER put one in. Now I'm getting this beep code from the system, and when i looked it up, the code was described as a CMOS Read/Write error. I don't know what OS it is, but I can assume 95, due to the fact that it has an intel 486sx. Would the most logical solution be to convince the customer to purchase a new, UP TO DATE system? Or can that problem actually be fixed?
     
  2. moebius

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    getting it moved to hardware

    the bios/cmos has to be replaced
     
  3. suga252

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    "The Infinidude"?????
    Cute, I like that. ;) :)

    Anyway, that's kindof what I thought. I mean, I know I can try to flash the bios, but it's a 486, what's the point. Plus, I wasn't sure if flashing the bios was an option to fix that type error. Thanx for your help.
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Did someone already try to flash it and ended up with a bad flash???
     
  5. suga252

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    Not that I know of. I don't know what was done to it before she brought it in. She brought it in cause she wanted a modem. But from the time I started work on it, it was giving me all kinds of CMOS problems, from wrong date and time to incorrect configurations, to wanting to boot from nothing else but a floppy, to wanting a password, and now the beep codes and freezing during POST, if it even gets that far.
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Well, I'd say the 486sx has served her well :D

    Time to enter the 21st century :D
     
  7. suga252

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    Amen, I hear ya!!!!!!! ;)

    I talked to her about it, and she was thinking about a new one anyway. Thanx for all the help.
     
  8. hammerbill

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    If it is only cmos, then it can be rewritten from bios. (suprising how many people do not know the difference). The jumper, usually but not always JP5 is often colored differently and is usually near the board battery. Just move the jumper to the other pins (or temporarily place one on a two jumper reset) while the system is off.
    Perhaps the customer hasn't enough money to buy kids' shoes after buying a new computer. Or she doesn't use it much. Tell her to replace it when it fits into the appropriate time in the budget :)
     
  9. suga252

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    I understand what you mean about buying at a more convenient time. I don't have my own computer, nevermind the money to even think about one. I will try shorting the jumpers, which was my original plan, but using the battery instead. When I realized the battery was soldered to the board, it never crossed my mind to look for a jumper. Thanx.
     
  10. suga252

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    No luck with the jumpers. :(
     
  11. ~Candy~

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    Did you unplug the power to the motherboard first? I think your problem is bigger than that anyway, but certainly worth a shot.
     
  12. suga252

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    I sure did, what else do you think it could be??
     
  13. ~Candy~

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    The bios chip itself more than likely.
     
  14. moebius

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    ask around, many people have a lot of old computer parts lying around, ull probably get a 486 mobo for free. i have one, im willing to give, but the shipping costs arent worth it. ask around.

    oh, and assembling a 486: its like alien technology nowadays, few people know how!
     
  15. ~Candy~

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    Hey now, I have a 386 still laying around somewhere :eek:
     
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