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By redace72374 ·
When ever I boot up, after the computer brand splash screen, it hangs until I hit F1. Then, its fine. But, every so often, the cursor dies. I can move it, but I can't click on any links, or type anything, but in a few seconds, everything I typed pops up. Also, If I go into setup, and try to boot from there, it says that I may need to replace my hard drive. Does anyone have a clue whats wrong?!?!?

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We might need a bit more detail ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to HELP!??!!??

What type of computer are you talking about - laptop, tower, desktop?
What make and model?
What operating system?

Generally, the F1 key press indicates that there is something in your BIOS that requires attention. What is the onscreen message when the computer is waiting for you to press F1?

The typing delays usually mean that the CPU is busy with a priority task that prevents your input being dealt with as a priority.

What do you mean by going into 'setup'?

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And another question...

by robo_dev In reply to We might need a bit more ...

the 'replace the hard drive' message...is that
a SMART 'SMART hard drive detects imminent failure' message or is it a
'insert disk' message??

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That was my first thought

by w2ktechman In reply to And another question...

'iminent drive failure'
LOL -- too many times I see people skip through this message until it's too late!

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Run a hard drive test

by ken In reply to HELP!??!!??

Go to Seagate and download and run SeaTools. This will let you know if it is a drive problem. If the drive is OK then look for vires.

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boot simple

by franklin_1105 In reply to HELP!??!!??

Try to isolate all your hardwares.. i mean remove almost every upgrades you have ex. if you have 2 or more hard drive connected, remove the others just try to bootup with a single drive, check memory, try to pull them out and place them back one by one after testing, for the F1 it pops up when your PC detects a floppy drive and yet you dont have, remove all cd/dvd drives you have, compare it if it has the same bootup reaction than before.

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clean up

by christine.halstead In reply to HELP!??!!??

you might just have to clean up your hard drive, the lag in typing and cursor might be from an over loaded hard drive. as for having to press F1 to boot, it might be somthing in your bios.

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There is a system that checks your hdd on your motherboard.

The system monitor is called S.M.A.R.T, of which means, Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (smart). This little program checks your hdd and gives you a warning when it is on its last legs. So if you see the sign that says your hdd needs replacing then DO just that, get another hdd, and back up your data.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Well the F1 is a BIOS Error

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to HELP!??!!??

So enter BIOS and check the Date & Time that could be wrong or if you have been messing around in there click on Set to Factory Settings or whatever it's called in your BIOS.

As for the lag without knowing what it is you have and what you are using it's impossible to say. The Lag is a result of the CPU being used to 100% of it's capacity or more. Why this is happening is the real question and it's impossible to answer with the information provided here.

Also if this is a Desktop system with a few years on it the CMOS Battery is most likely flat so that whenever you turn off it losses any settings that where made to BIOS. If that is the case the Battery needs replacing, this is generally a coin sized battery of the CR2032 Type. Should cost about a $1.50 for a new battery and it takes about 5 minutes to replace. You need to remove the cover slip out the old battery and slip in the new one the same way as the old one came out that is with the identification Numbers facing you. Just remember to unplug the mains before doing this as if you drop the battery it can short out the M'Board destroying it.

If this is a NB that doesn't get used much plug it into the Mains Adapter and leave it plugged in for about 24 hours to allow the Smart Socket on the BIOS Chip to recharge.


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by redace72374 In reply to Well the F1 is a BIOS Err ...

Thanks everyone for the answers!! I'm using a little bit from everyone's input to solve the problem!!!

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If you have any more problems please post back. :)


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