Posted 08 February 2010 - 03:24 PM
I'm not sure this is the right place to post this, since BIOS isn't quite hardware, but there are some hardware issues. A friend gave me his old Dell Optiplex GX1 to try to clean out and optimize. The main issue is that he had, um, "acquired" a copy of Windows XP Pro about six years ago, and now it won't pass validation. I was able to fix that issue, and everything is legal. And I do mean legal, no 'keygens' or hacked product keys. Everything about his OS is 100% legitimate. I also installed a new 80gig hard drive and a 256MB memory stick, PC100, and this is where the issues started. When I put the stick in, I got no display. I rearranged the memory, still nothing. I put the original memory stick back in, and removed the other one completely. At this point, I also pulled the CMOS battery, and I think this is where I screwed up. Once I put the battery back in, and rebooted, I did have a display again, but now the CMOS clock is acting funny. By funny, I mean that it is incrementing upwards about as fast as a stopwatch. Also, the BIOS will not recognize the new hard drive. Could it be something as simple as replacing the CMOS battery with a new one? Could I have corrupted the BIOS by pulling the battery? The machine was unplugged at the time. Also, I know there is a BIOS update available for this computer. Could this fix the issue? I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I need to try to get this straightened out so I can get the computer back to my friend. Thank you in advance.