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Can't restart computer; memory & hard drives not read

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lafaye, Jan 25, 2005.

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  1. lafaye

    lafaye Thread Starter

    Jan 25, 2005
    Intel Pentium 4 motherboard, 3.0 Gh
    1G Ram
    Two 160 G WD Hard Drives81K1100 FG
    DVD Player and DVD-RW
    Windows XP Professional, SP1

    I attempted to restart my computer after two programs stopped responding and could not be shut down. Shut down failed, so I manually turned off the computer.
    When I attempted to restart, the initial screen showed:
    Award Modular v.6 Bios,
    Intel i875P AGPSet BIOS for
    Main Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz (200X15)
    <CPUID:OF33 Patch ID:0007>
    After that, it fails to read the RAM or the hard drives and the screen stays as it is (although it begins to deteriorate over time.)
    The Bottom of the screen offers the DEL option to enter the BIOS, but it doesn't respond....
    Oooops, last night, I tried this repeatedly, and after some wait. This time, when I restarted so that I could report the readout, the computer started.
    Could that be the Power Supply, the memory, or the motherboard?
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Unfornately it could be just about anything at this point.

    The first and easiest thing to try is to open up the case and find the CLEAR CMOS jumper. Move the jumper from the normal to the clear position for a few seconds then move it back. Do this with the power off. To find the location of this jumper refer to the motherboard manual which can also be downloaded from the web. It might also be nicely labelled on the motherboard itself.
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