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#1 blondeandconfused

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:20 PM

did my computer suddenly do this after having it for six months?

 

This  computer is weird.  Random strange things all the time.  A month ago I got an odd BIOS message, but I corrected that.  Now I'm getting this:

<BEEP>

Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A03

Copyright 1985-1988 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Copyright 1990-2005 Dell, Inc.

All Rights Reserved

 

Dell System OptiPlex GX620 Series

BIOS Version A03

www.dell.dcom

 

Performing automatic IDE configuration...

Drive 0: Disk Drive

Drive 1: CD-ROM Device

Invalid configuration information - please run SETUP program

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

 

 

So, this message may or may not come up again, however, I noted that yesterday when I first turned the haunted beast on, the CD-ROM drive fired up and spun, like the machine was trying to boot from it.  I turned off the beast and waited a few minutes, then turned it on again and it booted up just fine (WIn XP).  This morning it took three attempts to boot up without spinning the CD, and when it finally did, I got the above message.

 

Thoughts or suggestions (other than get another computer)?  Happy to provide more info.  If the gremlins will allow, that is.  



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:41 PM

blondeandconfused

This link talks about one possible cause.

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/how-to-know-when-computer-battery-is-dead.htm



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 02:47 PM

Thank you.  I think you've nailed it.  I once got a screen saying the battery is low, and ever since then weird stuff keeps happening.  I'll head over to Fry's today.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:16 PM

Here is a short video on replacing the CMOS battery in a Dell OptiPlex GX620.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCTMOTlYikg

And remember, if you choose to do it yourself, be sure to wear an anti-static wrist band.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 09:47 PM

Thanks very much!

LOL, that video should have been done by a left handed person!  Pretty standard stuff about being careful not to touch other stuff.  Got that drilled into me 30 years ago.  Never used an anti-static wrist band, I just make sure I touch metal elsewhere first.  Then I get my cat to test it by touching her nose to my finger.   :lmao:






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