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#1 hellojo

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:51 PM

Hey, my name is Jill and and friend of mine pretty recently built me my own computer. It was stable when I brought it home and set it up, and it worked fine for a few days after that. However, one day I realized that my motherboard wasn't running my processor at full speed, so I went into the BIOS and changed the CPU clock to 165. The motherboard (it's rather old) I guess couldn't handle the processor at that speed and wouldn't start up, so I went back into the BIOS and changed the CPU clock to 150. The computer booted up fine after that, and after about an hour I shut it down and left for a while. When I came back and turned the computer on, I got this black screen on start up with white text, and at the end of it it says "Unknown Flash Type" with a blinking white underscore underneath it. I can't get passed this screen.

I've provided a picture of what this screen looks like here and here.

I cannot boot into anything else besides the BIOS, so something like a system restore I can't do. The only thing I've tried is resetting the BIOS, which didn't make any difference. Unfortunately I'm not as gifted with computers as my friend, so I don't entirely remember all the specs for it, since it's made with different things. I do know that it's running Windows 7 32-bit, an AMD Anthlon processor (don't remember the number), and a KM400-M2 ECS Elitegroup motherboard.

I'm not sure about what I can do to fix this, so any kind of help is greatly appreciated. :thumbsup: If anyone needs any other kind of information, I will do my best to get it for you. Thank you!

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 04:36 PM

Hi Jill and welcome to the forum!

Did you recently try to flash the BIOS? Sounds like a flash failed.

For now what I would try is to unplug the system, open the case and remove the battery. Its a little silver battery about the size of a nickel typically labeled CR2032. Let it sit overnight. Then reinsert the battery and see what happens
You will have to reset the date & dime as I am having you try to drain the system

Be patient too. The staff here are all volunteers and assist as we have time
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 04:53 PM

Thanks a ton for your reply, and I'll try what you suggested. :thumbsup: If anything new changes I'll post it here.

I was thinking about updating the BIOS at the time, but I never actually went through with it because I didn't want to mess anything up. I guess that plan didn't work. D:

I appreciate anyone's input and welcome it wholeheartedly! It's great to get some help when I can't find the solution myself.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 06:16 PM

Keep us posted!
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Posted 12 June 2010 - 08:16 PM

This doesn't seem to be a typical CMOS battery issue...but I would simply replace the CMOS battery...before I did anything else.

When the battery runs down, the CMOS settings all can behave strangely.

Too many seem to think that the only symptom of a failing CMOS battery...is a change of date/time on the CMOS clock.

Worst case...you spent $4 on something that it won't hurt to replace on your system.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:40 AM

Alright I reinstalled the CMOS battery, and when I booted up the computer it said "CMOS checksum error defaults loaded". At the bottom it said press F1 to continue, so I pressed F1, and I ended up right back at the "Unknown Flash Type" screen.

Does this mean I need to replace the CMOS battery? I'm pretty sure I installed the battery correctly, it's facing the same way I took it out.




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