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By shantie ·
Motherboard is Asus P4M266 via chipset, and cell 2.4 cpu. Owner said the last time she booted up it gave message saying the CPU settings had to be reset. I have had the system for the last two days and can not find anything wrong with the computer. Bios settings are keeping up to date. Only thing I am confused about, which I have never seen before is when you first get into the Bios at bottom right of screen says CURRENT DEFAULTS: OPTIMIZED, this message keeps FLASHING. Happens every time you switch on and go into Bios. Does this mean the Bios has automatically loaded optimized defaults when system is switched on?? Should it be doing this??
Bios info in system information says Phoenix technologies 6.00 PG 16/7/03. I have not as yet had a message about cpu settings need to be reset as yet, only this flashing message in the bios. Wondering whether to update Bios if this would help?? Any suggestions thank you

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to BIOS Settings

As you have a reported problem that was most likely brought about by some kid trying to overclock.

I would first clear the BIOS change the Battery and FLASH it if there is a newer one available and see what happens.

Have you tried unplugging it for a day and then rebooting to see what happens?

But no matter what change the battery as if it is going off it will do some really strange things that will nearly drive you mad with frustration.

Lets know how you get on.

Col

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by shantie In reply to

Sorry its' been a while but waiting to hear back from the owner, everything seems to be okay. I did not update the Bios as The motherboard ended up being a MicroStar, the main Micro star site was all in French and could not find anything about updating Bios. Computer seems to be working fine except for that problem in Bios. Will see if it happens again and told owner to try and find the motherboard manual, to see if we can update. Thanks for the reply.

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by willcomp In reply to BIOS Settings

BIOS probably has an "Optimized" setting. Instead of flashing BIOS, just reset to Normal or Failsafe settings. Most important area will be Voltage and Frequency Control (or similar) where bus speeds, voltages, and memory timings are set. I'm more familiar with Award BIOS, but Phoenix should be similar.

Optimized does not necessarily mean overclocked. Message is to warn you that agressive settings are being used.

I suspect that someone was playing around in the BIOS, probably little Junior tweaking the family PC.

Using optimized settings will increase performance slightly but may also decrease stability.

Dalton

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

I don't see how it would affect flashing the BIOS. Under the circumstances, appears that flashing is the prudent course of action.

Dalton

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by shantie In reply to

Motherboard No's had me confused, not Asus but Microstar so did not flash bios as the main site was in French and could not find any information re bios updates. Owner has had no problems since I returned it but asked her to try and find motherboard manual just in case it happens again. Thanks

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by shantie In reply to BIOS Settings

Thanks for the comments, I left the system for two days then switched it back on, went into bios and optimized settings still flashing, checked other settings BUT when I highlighted the Load High Performance Defaults, a message at bottom of window said "After Enable - This Item Failed -Please Clear Cmos". I then cleared the Cmos with a boot up floppy, which told me it had cleared cmos and to reboot, but after reboot, optimized bios settings loaded is still flashing in Bios. So I then removed the cmos battery and left the system for quite a few hours, put a new Battery in and same error message in Bios. After clearing Cmos settings both times I had to reset some of the settings in Bios, so clearing both times must have worked BUT still same message, I am going onto the Phoenix Site at the moment to see if I can get anything from them, any ideas on the above. What I am worried about, if this Bios has been corrupted, somehow, how will it effect it if I try to flash the Bios????
Thank you

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by CG IT In reply to BIOS Settings

Well, you could flash the BIOS to try and correct the problem.

Not all BIOSs are error free. Though the makers try to make sure they have all the compatibility issues resolved, some don't.

All board mfgs warn against flashing as doing so voids the mfgs warranty and that there is a potential of permanently damaging the board.

I would use the current BIOS of the Asus board in question and use the utilities and instructions for flashing the BIOS that Asus says to use.

Some like to use a Windows flash [flashing in MD Dos mode but using a floppy with a recovery floppy is probably the best bet.

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by CG IT In reply to

do not use a Phoenix BIOS from the Phoenix Site. Phoenix makes BIOSs for many different brands of motherboards. The BIOS created for an Asus board will not be compatible with a MSI or Soyo or any other mfgs board.

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by shantie In reply to

The no's on motherboard had me confused ended up being a Microstar not Asus. Main site was all in French and could not find anything about updating Bios, plus the fact a Phoenix Bios making it more difficult, since the system was working fine after a complete reinstall I did not try anything further with Bios. Asked owner to try and find m/b manual in case it happens again. Thanks

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