bythor 22:20 25 Sep 2007

Hi folks. Up until tonight my desktop was working (apparently) perfectly. For no clear reason locked up, and eventually rebooted. Ran for about ten mins then locked up again. I thought maybe it was getting watm, as it's been on for a few days now. Switched off while I want out. Now, about three hours later, it doesn't want to come on. Get to the usual 'energy' splash, CPU detected, DDR Dimm: 128 bits, Dual channels, then no further. Line at the bottom says the usual 'Press DEL to enter setup' but this produces nothing. I have an Acronis back up, but it doesn't get far enough to look at the boot order. Any suggestions?
3GHz pentium, with XP Pro SP2.

  woodchip 22:34 25 Sep 2007

looks like a hard drive problem

  bythor 22:38 25 Sep 2007

If the memory battery was duff would it produce this type of fault?

  exodus 22:40 25 Sep 2007

'Press DEL to enter setup'

It would appear that your bootable hard drive is not booting for some reason.

That refers to pressing the 'Delete' key to enter the BIOS setup screens.
Can you enter the BIOS screens?
If so, check that your bootable hard drive is recognised and is set correctly in the boot order.

A dead motherboard battery can cause many stange problems. Losing time and date settings is one of them.


  martjc 22:41 25 Sep 2007

...bios battery? Bios buggered? new MB req'd? Try leaving it off for a few hours then post back with further news.

  bythor 22:42 25 Sep 2007

can't get into setup which is why I'm suspicious of the battery. I'd guess if it were the hd then I'd get into the bios?

  exodus 22:49 25 Sep 2007

Hi, certainly odd that you can't enter the BIOS.
Could be a motherboard defect.

Check to see if there is an option to return to the BIOS default settings. This may be done by using pin connections on the motherboard if available or removing the battery for a few minutes. the saved settings will be lost and the default ones then used.


  bythor 22:55 25 Sep 2007

it was the 'kin bios battery. I knew I'd used one recently - I'd put a new one in my cheapo watch. Anyway, used that and it's currently booting into XP. We'll see what that brings! Thanks everyone for your input.

  exodus 22:58 25 Sep 2007

Hi, glad you got it sorted. Thanks for the update.


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