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Should I flash my BIOS?

By HappyG17 ·
To whom it may concern:
I have been working on a Gateway machine for the past week. Everytime I start the computer I receive the message "No Operating System found." Then, from there I hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and it then boots into Windows, but it seems to take awhile. Then, everytime I boot up, I receive a message from my virus protection program (Inoculate) saying that the CMOS has changed, do you want to accept(a), ignore(i), or quit(q). Is something screwed up in my BIOS? When I check the settings, they all seem to be correct. Should I flash my BIOS? Please help.

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by bart777 In reply to Should I flash my BIOS?

I would start by changing the battery on the motherboard. It may not be strong enough to hold the cmos settings when you power down the machine. Had a similar problem a few years ago. If you can get the machine to come up by warm booting it from theNo OS screen. I would start with the battery.

Good Luck

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by Stillatit In reply to Should I flash my BIOS?

1. Do not flash the bios unless you have determined that the bios code itself is the problem, and that there IS an available update to your bios.

2. It sounds like you might be trying to boot off of a floppy or CD before your hard drive. Check this by going into the SETUP mode when your machine boots (typically the DEL key or F10 key during bootup). Check the boot order. If the first boot source is not your hard drive, I would suggest making the hard drive first. If you ever really need to boot from a floppy or CD, you can always change it.

3. If you make this change now, then turn off the machine for the weekend, is the change still there on Monday. There is a battery which provides backup power to hold the CMOS settings, and that battery may need to be replaced. A common symptom of this is that the clock is wrong when you turn on the machine or other CMOS settings change when the machine is powered down.

4. The virus program is noting that the CMOS has changed. This could be the work of a virus (boot from a protected floppy and do a scan). It could also be because of a change you made (as above). It could also be because your battery is dead and the CMOS settings were cleared. Is the message there truely EVERY time youboot, or is it really only when you have powered off?

Good luck.

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by BuffaloDan In reply to Should I flash my BIOS?

I like barts answer, and stillatit is correct when stating that you shouldn't flash your bios unless you are certain it's the problem, or there is a feature you need in a bios upgrade.

question, how's the system clock faring? is it keeping accurate time? or is it starting to fall behind? the clock can be monitored as an accurate reflection of the cmos battery's health.

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by Q2Ggirl In reply to Should I flash my BIOS?

Try replacing the battery first. If you have the motherboard layout, make sure that the jumper on the motherboard is set to hold the CMOS settings. It could be on the wrong pins, or not on at all.

Go through the CMOS and make sure that the enable virus on the motherboard setting is off. If you have virus protection on that computer, the CMOS enable virus setting is causing those messages.

Flashing the BIOS is really a last resort, because you could make your problem worse!

With all of these suggestions, hopefully you'll get your computer going.

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by Netuser In reply to Should I flash my BIOS?

Do not flash your BIOS. Access your Bios Setup and look for Hard Disk Pre-delay section and changed the time setting to 9 or 12 seconds. If the problem persists after doing everybody's suggestions, my suggestion is to replace your System Boot Files.I also suggest you to run your virus protection program if possible since it's the one giving you the message that the CMOS has changed.

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