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#1 yuba46

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 04:18 PM

Hi, I'm new to this forum but here goes.. I just purchased a used dell desk top computer (GX110) and installed windows xp professional on it. Everything works great except now my computer can't find the cd rom drive in "my computer". I got into Bios and it was missing fixed that problem and the cd rom shows up like it's supposed to and I can use the cd rom all day long, untill I shut down the computer and come back to it and sure enough the cd rom is missing again! I go back into Bios and start over again and it works fine again. it's just not retaining it in Bios. Any suggestions on a solution, thanks.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 05:32 PM

I would suspect that the system isn't retaining the setting (no duh! :thumbsup:. One thing that can cause this is a dead CMOS battery. Open up the case and see if there's a battery inside that's about the size of a nickel (it's usually a CR2032). DON'T TOUCH anything inside the case at this point!!! If so, go on down to the local WalMart and get one (or 2 - they usually come in 2 packs). They were about $1.50 the last time that I checked.

Then, unplug the computer and ground yourself by touching the metal of the case with one hand. Remove the battery with the other. Then put the new battery in the same way. Plug it back in and fire it up to reset the settings. Then reboot to see if it sticks this time.

If not, let us know and we'll check some other stuff.
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