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POS Optiplex GX1 BIOS issues


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#1 slycer

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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.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:05 PM

The simplest thing to do is to replace the CMOS battery...reset the time/date...save the changes.

Costs less than $5.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:43 PM

That's what I was thinking too. Easiest solution at this point, and go from there if that doesn't work. Thanks.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 02:14 PM

I finally got around to replacing the CMOS battery, and the computer is back up and running with no funny business. The date/time is right, the new hard drive is seen and recognized, and the computer POSTS and boots up fine. Thanks for the help. This issue is resolved.

Edited by slycer, 17 February 2010 - 02:15 PM.


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Posted 17 February 2010 - 07:50 PM

Glad you solved it, thanks for posting feedback...happy computing :thumbsup:.

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