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AMI Mainboard K7S5A - keeps defaulting

By Sleafordtown ·
I paid a local pc company to upgrade my mainboard and processor to Athlon XP2000 on a AMI mainboard ECS manufacturer K7S5A version 3.1a (although the disc that came with the manual said version1.6S). Several times in the last week my pc has defaulted back on its own to 100/100 bus speed causing the processor speed to drop and the date/time to default to 26/6/02 and 00:00 hours (the date of manufacture of the board). Each time i have to go back into the bios and reset to 133/133 to reset up tothe 1.67 GHz speed that it is supposed to operate at. I have called the pc company and they just say that the mainboard is "bedding in" and it happens a lot!! I am not sure if they are taking me for a mug as I am new to all this - first year in college studying.
Is the solution to flash upgrade the bios or is it a faulty motherboard? I am running Windows 98SE as my kids games all run on that OS.

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by CG IT In reply to AMI Mainboard K7S5A - kee ...

Nope! The motherboard should'nt default back to the default factory settings all on it's own. There is no such thing as "bedding in" and no it doesn't happen all the time. The problem sounds like the CMOS battery has gone kaput! Take it back and have em fix it.

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by CG IT In reply to AMI Mainboard K7S5A - kee ...

Note: Flashing the BIOS shouldn't be taken upon unless you really really have to. [if it works dont mess with it] Most M/B mfg's will NOT accept MoBo returns because of faulty BIOS flashing. Flashing the BIOS can be a tricky thing and a bad flash will render your system [and MoBo]unusable. ALWAYS make an emergency BIOS repair floppy disk with the current BIOS version on the MoBo. Check the MoBo mfs's web site for their directions on flashing the BIOS.

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by Sleafordtown In reply to AMI Mainboard K7S5A - kee ...

thank you - i have emailed the company to see if they will exchange or repair the mainboard - I will then persue them through the trading standards office if they refuse to repair it or if they keep telling me that it is still "bedding in" -

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by TheChas In reply to AMI Mainboard K7S5A - kee ...

First, the 1.6s on the CD is the version of the CD itself, not the motherboard.

I would start by checking which version of BIOS you have.

From the looks of things, ECS has made a number of BIOS updates to correct various problems.

http://www.ecsusa.com/downloads/k7s5a.html

If you decide to flash the BIOS, follow the instructions very carefully.
Make sure that the power to the computer is not interupted in the midst of the flash process.

After flashing the BIOS, make sure to follow the proceedure to reset the CMOS memory.

It wouldn't hurt to check and verify that the CMOS backup battery is in good condition, and that the holder makes good contact with the battery.

Usually, when the BIOS reverts to 'default' settings, the battery is either weak, or the holder does not make good contact.

Chas

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by leehellcat In reply to AMI Mainboard K7S5A - kee ...

It sounds like the CMos battery is either, flat, not present, or not fitted correctly. The battery will cost about $2-3 and it pretty much fool proof to replace.

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