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Motherboard settings reset, and icons dissapeared


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#1 fgeelo

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 03:54 AM

When I turned on my computer today, I found that my Motherboard had reset automatically, the date, time and other settings were all reset and I did not do anything to make this happen. When I got into Windows, all of a sudden I found that icons such as my Network icon and most of my hidden icons on the bottom right of my screen (where you need to click the arrow to bring them up) have dissapeared. The programs themselves are still there but their icons are now gone. Some of the programs wont even respond. For example, my speaker icon, my Microsoft Security Essentials (this is NOT localised to MSE though, so I dont think its a virus issue.. but im open to any ideas) Icon and a few others will do nothing when I double click on them, but other programs will. This is really confusing as to why these two things occured and any further help would be appreciated

Edited by fgeelo, 08 October 2010 - 07:34 AM.


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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:06 AM

You need to change your CMOS Battery: How do I change the CMOS Battery?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:15 AM

Never new this would happen "first attempt to leave the computer on for 24 hours. In some cases this can charge the battery and resolve your issue. This often resolves CMOS battery related issues when a computer has been left off for several months."

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#4 fgeelo

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:30 PM

You need to change your CMOS Battery: How do I change the CMOS Battery?


Thanks for your reply, but it's not resetting any more. If it was a CMOS battery issue, wouldn't it be resetting on every startup?
Also, do you know why I was experiencing those missing icons/defunct programs? Could it have been related to the fact that when I logged in, my date and time settings were off and it caused these programs to stop working? I dont see this happening... because things like my speaker icon werent even working. A reset did not solve it, but a log out and then a shut down and startup did fix it. I am unsure of the cause of this.

It may also be worth noting that there was a storm around here, and my computer was plugged in, HOWEVER it was turned off and so was the power point to which it was connected. So I dont think this would be related? Ive had worse storms where it was connected years ago and had a blackout and nothing had happened, so I dont know if this is related at all.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:40 PM

Even though your PC was shut off it can still be damaged by stray voltage. It could have found it`s way in through your ground or Internet connection for example. The only way to protect your PC, or any electrical component for that matter is to unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. In the case of a wired Internet connection, disconnect the cable as well.

I`m with CryptoDan. Replace your CMOS battery. Enter your BIOS and reset the date and time. Do the same with in the OS and let us know what happens. We`ll hope nothing else was damaged.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:22 AM

Tt's fine now, but I am wondering what the cause was. If the CMOS was damaged, wouldn't it be resetting each time?

Also, do you know why I was experiencing those missing icons/defunct programs? Could it have been related to the fact that when I logged in, my date and time settings were off and it caused these programs to stop working? I dont see this happening... because things like my speaker icon werent even working. A reset did not solve it, but a log out and then a shut down and startup did fix it. I am unsure of the cause of this.

Edited by fgeelo, 09 October 2010 - 08:17 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:27 AM

Many programs do check the time\date.
They do it for a multitude of reasons. If they have auto-updates. If they are a paid program and have an expiration date. Among others.

Glad things seem to be sorted out and working well for you now.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 12:55 PM

I'm with cryptodan and ThunderZ your cmos battery may just be starting to go but date and time reset first strange happenings also replace as has been advised.

Edited by Darth sidious, 09 October 2010 - 12:56 PM.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:00 PM

Never new this would happen "first attempt to leave the computer on for 24 hours. In some cases this can charge the battery and resolve your issue. This often resolves CMOS battery related issues when a computer has been left off for several months."


It will only delay discharge of cmos battery.
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