American megatrends hijacks startup

  burnlea 15:34 01 Jul 2008

For some unknown (to me)reason my HP pavilion a330 PC running XP home SP3 now shows, after the initial HP screen, a screen headed 'American Megatrends' listing my PC components, which resets the computer clock to December 2001 at every startup. The only new item the PC has been exposed to is a new Kingston 1GB Datatraveler. Can anyone suugest how I might recover my normal startup sequence please?

  peter99co 15:37 01 Jul 2008

Is the item a Pendrive?

  Mac70 15:44 01 Jul 2008

for some reason, the HP post screen has been disabled. The MegaTrends is I think the BIOS manufacturer or something like that.
When you disable the HP or Compaq screen, you get that instead.

  Quiller. 17:14 01 Jul 2008

Kingston 1GB Datatraveler. and try.

If it still reverts back the bios clock, you might have to try a new cmos battery.

  skidzy 20:17 01 Jul 2008

Definately sounds like your motherboard battery is dying and would account for the clock resetting and showing you the American Megatrends bios screen.Cheap enough to replace and a simple procedure click here
How to replace the cmos battery click here

  burnlea 23:00 01 Jul 2008

peter99co - full name is Kingston 1GB DataTraveler100 USB 2.0
quiller - Datatraveler hasn't been in since. Still happens!
skidzy - thanks for the links - will give it a try.

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