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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by brendandonhu, Sep 18, 2002.

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  1. brendandonhu

    brendandonhu Thread Starter

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    Sometimes when I boot my Windows ME system, I get the message in a black screen saying "Please reboot and select proper boot device or insert media for the selected device". It just started happening this summer an it seems like it may be overheating. What do I need to buy/do to fix this?
     
  2. active95

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    Usualy when overheating comes into play it does manifest by random freezes , hard lockups, some times reboots "out-of-the-blue".
    What you describe sounds more like a " forgetful" CMOS. It's possible that either you have some "aggressive" settings in BIOS or possible that the battery is going down . I would start by getting into the BIOS and load & save "safe settings" ( also called BIOS default). Use the computer for awhile and see. If this doesn't fix it i would get a replacement battery ( should like an oversized watch battery) .
    Again use the computer for awhile and reboot.
    Might also (depending how old the computer is ) that the motherboard is the problem. Had a similar problem with a 4 years old motherboard which i had to replace in end .
    HTH
    Oh yea .one morething...
    Who is the manufacturer of your hard drive? Samsung, Fujistu....
     
  3. n2gun

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    Sounds like the cmos battery to me. You only have the problem at boot and a heat problem will show up when the cpu is under heavy load such as multitasking. I would replace that first.

    Like your web pages long as I am writing this might as well get that in.:)
     
  4. brendandonhu

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    I dont know who the HD is made by ill try and look that up. Its a Gateway computer. I forgot to say that before it was freezing a lot and I had to restart about every 40 minutes until once it wouldnt reboot. How much money are we talking for a new CMOS battery?
     
  5. SexyTech

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    Boot the system to disk 1 of your restoration cd's, go to DOS Prompt, At the dos prompt type in "GWSCAN" and run the QUICK TEST, then extended test!

    If it fails either test, then call Gateway teh support with the 4-digit error code and they'll replace the drive!

    Good luck!

    ST
     
  6. brendandonhu

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    Thanks Im on a different system right now Ill do that in a few days.
     
  7. brendandonhu

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    Thanks ST, im going to do GWSCAN in about an hour. If it completes both tests what will happen? Will it give me some information or fix it?
     
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