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Dell Inspiron 530 BIOS problem


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#1 jmtjet

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 03:43 PM

My step-sons Dell inspiron 530 resets to the defaults on every boot no matter what you have set it to. I've changed the motherboard battery, didn't make a difference-still resets to the defaults. During boot it looks for a floppy drive, there's no floppy drive installed in the computer. It will give you a message to continue to the operating system by hitting F1 on the keyboard. Once you get to the operating system it runs normally.

 

This computer originally had Windows vista as it's operating system. Vista got hosed so I installed Ubuntu Linux on it. But, it was doing the same thing before the change. It stops during boot looking for a floppy drive and then gives you the option of going into setup (F2) or going to the operating system (F1). I've tried several time to reset the BIOS to look for the hard disk on boot, but no joy.

 

Any ideas on how to get it to keep the BIOS setting? Thank you.

 

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 03:54 PM

Is it possible the jumper on the system board is in the "clrCmos" position?
That will make it revert to the defaults every time you turn it on.
Did you go into the BIOS and change the floppy drive option to not installed?
Did you make sure you saved the settings?

BTW, that PC will take an E8400 CPU which will give it a serious kick in the butt for about $10! (Lets fix the BIOS issue first)
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 09:16 PM

my guess is its either the jumper in the wrong position like Davis has suggested, or the CMOS battery is dead, you can get them at walmart for like 5 bucks. the energizer is CR 2032 if I recall, though you may want to pop open your case and pull the old one out to confirm.


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Posted 02 April 2016 - 10:03 PM

Thanks for the replies. I've changed the motherboard battery twice. First with one I had, didn't help so I went to Walmart and bought a new package(2) and tried one of them, no difference. I'll check that jumper tomorrow and get back with the results. Thanks again.






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