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#1 hotsoslil

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 06:13 PM

I live in a place with frequent blackouts. Lately when my Dell computer receives power it automatically turns on, without my pushing the power up button. Then I get a black screen with the following message:

"Invalid configuration information please run SETUP program

Performing automatic IDE configuration

Primary Master: Disk Drive
Secondary Master: CD ROM
Time-of-day not set- please run SETUP program
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility"

I always find the same date when I start up the computer.....

Question 1: Why does the computer turn on all by itself?

Question 2: Is this some kind of hardware failure that can be fixed by a computer repair?

Thanks, for reading and please let me know what I should do to fix this. It drives me crazy having to unplug the computer and then set the date and time every time I turn it on. It's a pain in the neck to take my computer to get it repaired, too, but if I must I will. :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 06:46 PM

The time and date changing on you is indicative of a CMOS battery needing to be replaced.

Replacing the battery is an easy do-it-yourself fix, and the batteries don't cost much.

There could be other issues going on, but my suggestion is to replace the battery and go from there.

General guidance (ignore instructions to write down settings), CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:09 PM

I just read something about changing a BIOS setting, maybe the power loss restart.... Could that be it? Should I mess with BIOS settings?

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 09:10 PM

Your best bet is to replace the battery. It won't do any good to fool around with settings if the battery is dead or dying.

If you have never done it before, it can seem intimidating. But it's one of those things you'll say afterwards "wow, that was easy to do". The first time I replaced the battery of my computer, I was a nervous wreck at the thought of doing it myself. But I did do it, and the computer worked just fine afterwards. If I can do it, anyone can.

I don't know anything about the setting you are referring to so I can't comment on that. However, I will ask some of the experts here to read this topic and comment.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 17 April 2010 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2010 - 12:21 AM

It is one of 3 different things that I can think of off hand-first, replace the CMOS battery like it has already been suggested. Second, have you reset the BIOS recenty? If so, is your BIOS reset a jumper reset? if so, is the jumper in the wrong spot? something to check. And third thing to try, is if you can get into the BIOS itself, try loading the fail-safe defaults, and see what that does.

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