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Computer Restarts at BIOS, often can't even bring up BIOS menu


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#1 MattRiddle

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Posted 30 April 2016 - 05:03 PM

So a few days ago, I had the smart idea to update my Bios. I had brought up System Information and saw I hadn't updated the Bios since 2011 (it's an older computer), so I downloaded the 2013 Bios, and ran the windows installer. Everyone seemed to run fine.

 

But afterwards, the computer would restart at the Bios screen multiple times. Given enough time, it would sometimes get past the Bios screen and load Windows.

 

I tried pressing F2 to bring up the Bios menu, but it would restart before the menu popped up. After probably 4-6 resets, I could bring up the Bios menu.

 

I tried using an USB with the 2013 Bios on it to install it again, but it didn't fix anything.

 

I've heard of different things, like pulling out and putting back in (reseating) the CMOS battery to reset the Bios to the original version. I haven't tried that yet because I wanted to see if there were any other options.

 

Thank you for your time.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 05:27 PM

I am not aware that reseating the CMOS battery will cause the BIOS to revert to the original version.  Nevertheless, have you tried re-flashing the 2013 version again?  If that doesn't solve the problem, maybe you could try flashing the 2011 version?



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 06:36 PM

I took the cmos battery out, and kept it out for an hour. I plugged it back in, and it go to the BIOS and then gave me three errors. I didn't have a piece of paper in front of me, so I only wrote this one down

 

CMOS battery error

 

Not sure what it means, but it's still restarting at BIOS screen.

 

I put the 2013 BIOS on a thumb drive and had tried to update the BIOS from the BIOS screen using the thumb drive, but it didn't help anything.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 07:21 PM

Well it's no longer giving that error. It was then giving a "BIOS has detected an unsuccessful POST attempt. press y to enter setup or N to restart with the old settings" and that happened until I got the date updated in the BIOS.

 

Now we're back to square one.

 

9/10 times, the computer resets before I can even get into the BIOS menu. But on the small case, and I'm pressing F10, I can tell it to boot from the windows drive, and windows boots just fine.

 

Even though the drive is the first boot device listed, it's like BIOS doesn't know to normally boot from it. Even though I have the settings set to boot from the hard drives first.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 07:23 PM

Oh and I used an USB with the latest BIOS and Updating BIOS from BIOS, and it didn't help anything.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 10:35 PM

Ran Memtest86, and the memory had no issues.



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Posted 01 May 2016 - 02:15 AM

I tried installing an older BIOS but it gave me an error saying it couldn't install an older version due to hardware or something.



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Posted 01 May 2016 - 02:41 AM

Processor Temperature is around 43, so it's not overheating.



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Posted 01 May 2016 - 01:20 PM

I tried each piece of RAM individually. No changes.

 

I pulled out the BIOS tab on the motherboard and used a BIO file on a thumb drive to reinstall the BIOS. No changes.

 

I pulled out the video card. No changes.

 

It seems to be getting past the BIOS a little more often, but it's still random if it takes 2 restarts or 10 restarts to get past BIOS.



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Posted 01 May 2016 - 06:33 PM

Hi MattRiddle.  If you continue to respond to your own topic, it appears that someone is helping you (and then no one will respond).

Luckily I had a few free minutes and was checking the most recent posts and found this :0)

 

It seems to me that this error "BIOS has detected an unsuccessful POST attempt. press y to enter setup or N to restart with the old settings" could indicate a problem with the flash of the BIOS or with the 2013 update.
I'd strongly suggest posting over in the Internal hardware forums where the hardware experts hang out:    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/7/internal-hardware/ 


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Posted 01 May 2016 - 09:42 PM

Yeah I should have edited my original post with the new info. That would have been better than making a reply for each update.

 

The "BIOS has detected an unsuccessful POST attempt" error happen just after I re-inserted the CMOS battery. Not too long after, it stopped happening. It wasn't the original problem or what is still happening now.

 

But I appreciate the help.



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Posted 02 May 2016 - 04:58 AM

If the error only happened when you reinserted the CMOS battery and hasn't happened since, then it's likely just the reset process.

But the usual process is for the BIOS to display an "Press F1 to continue or press F2 to enter the BIOS" type message.

 

Have you tried a new CMOS battery? 

Beyond that I don't have any ideas for the BIOS.  I'd still suggest that you post over in the Internal Hardware forums as the experts there have more experience with this than I do.

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