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My computer won't start up

By ppoll ·
Every time I start my computer it freezes in middle of the POST test. I get the following error message.
Checking NVRAM..NO NVRAM

CMOS/GPNV- Checksum bad
press F1 to run setup
press F2 to load default values and continue

at that point hte computer freezes and I can't do anything with it. even F1 or F2 don't work. It's a new machine. I tried switching the ram, but that didn't help. I tried switching the battery- didn't help either. I also removed all the expansion cards besides for the video card. Do you know what could be wrong? what does the error message mean? What is NVRAM?

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by jarrettc In reply to My computer won't start u ...

NVRAM = Abbreviation of Non-Volatile Random Access Memory, a type of memory that retains its contents when power is turned off.

Your CMOS is pretty much dead, and your motherboard needs to be replaced. The NVRAM is what contains all the essential info that makes your computer start up (i.e. Processor settings, hard drive detection, floppy drive detection, RAM speed/latency, etc.).

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by Some Guy in Seattle In reply to My computer won't start u ...

If this is a brand new board, there ought to be some kind of warranty with it. Look for any kinds of provisions that would deal with this issue. It's a drag to have to go through the customer support route because of the wait times etc.

The reason I say go the customer support route is that it is possible that the BIOS is not there at all and you may be able to flash the BIOS with new code. Unfortunately, this may void your warranty if it goes wrong so, again, my first suggestion is to call customer support for your board/PC vendor.

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by donmars In reply to My computer won't start u ...

Did you recently or just upgraded your BIOS?This is usually caused by a change to the CMOS map between BIOS versions. Press F1 or Delete to go into SETUP, and then either press F10 (to Save and Exit), this will align the CMOS map for the currently installed BIOS. If you did not recently flash your bios then you may need to replace the actual firmware (software on a chip) itself. That is the BIOS IC and will usually be identified with a label on it with the manufacturer (Award, Phoenix etc.)dateand maybe version, it might even say BIOS as well. Also try removing and reseating that chip. I would not think your motherboard is shot. That is the very least probability, but one just the same.

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by donmars In reply to My computer won't start u ...

Oops.. you said F1 or F2 does not work. In that case skip recomendation to press F1 go straight to removal and reseating of BIOS chip or replacement of same. Is this board an INTEL type? You said it is a new computer, then I strongly suggest returning it under warranty.

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by Paul Majestic In reply to My computer won't start u ...

Your CMOS is most likely bad but you can try to flash it with the most updated version. It's worth a shot before replacing the board.

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