Start up warning

  Gymy 21:58 11 May 2008

During the last week my pc has started coming up with a message when starting up as follows:

Warning! CPU has been changed. Please re-enter CPU settings in the CMOS setup and remember to save before quit!

It then gives some options, one of which is F1 to continue - which I have been choosing. The PC then continues to start up as normal.

I have not knowingly made any changes. Does anyone know what I need to do to stop this?


  Technotiger 22:00 11 May 2008

Not heard of this before, maybe a glitch in the registry perhaps click here will sort it. But that is only a guess.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:11 11 May 2008

How old is the PC?

Do you switch off at night?

Sounds as if the CMOS battery is dying.

  Eric10 10:20 12 May 2008

This happens when the CPU speed/multiplier settings have changed in the CMOS/BIOS just as the message says. Instead of pressing F1 have you actually tried to re-enter the CPU settings and saving them? This can be a symptom of a dying battery as Fruit Bat /\0/\ says.

  Gymy 18:03 12 May 2008

My PC is not old at all - I bought it October 2007.

The clock battery did stop working and I had to replace it - I was sent one by the manufacturer and simply opened the case and swapped the new one for the old.

I do switch it off at night.

The problem is intermittent - it didn't do it when I logged on just now.

How should I go about re-entering the CPU settings? - what will these be? I know nothing about these things!


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:43 12 May 2008

remove the CMOS battery for 10 minutes and everything will reset to default settings.

or enter BIOS and select the "Load default settings option

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