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#1 nowayjose

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 09:15 AM

Seems that all the computers in the house tend to get the 'flu' at about the same time.  So, I'll toss this into the ring to see if there is a remedy/thoughts.

 

Running w-7 Ultimate.  This puppy has decided to intermittently hang on POST screen.  A hard shutdown and restart seems to result in a proper set-up the second time around when this happens.  Is there a fix for this hiccup?

 

[probably nothing to do with it]  Since this computer was built about 5 years ago and the W-7 installed on it, occasionally it would go through POST and at the time the black WIndows Starting should begin, instead a single icon appears.  It is a green rectangle on the left with a "N" with a squiggly "--" above it.  The same procedure restarts the computer when this occurs.  WEIRD Huh?? Space invader..!?

 

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 09:56 AM

Given the age of the computer it could be the BIOS battery needs to be changed.  You can sometimes have difficulty with POST due to this.  Some show messages like "loading BIOS defaults" on start up because they lose their settings whenever the power is cut and revert to default settings.  Other symptoms are the date and time being wrong after power cycling.  That is probably the first thing to check anyway.  If it needs replacing it's usually a CR2032 battery which are pretty cheap.

 

I don't know what the "N" is - never seen that.  Has it always done it??


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Posted 06 September 2016 - 11:48 AM

Given the age of the computer it could be the BIOS battery needs to be changed.  You can sometimes have difficulty with POST due to this.  Some show messages like "loading BIOS defaults" on start up because they lose their settings whenever the power is cut and revert to default settings.  Other symptoms are the date and time being wrong after power cycling.  That is probably the first thing to check anyway.  If it needs replacing it's usually a CR2032 battery which are pretty cheap.

 

I don't know what the "N" is - never seen that.  Has it always done it??

 

The 'N' thing has happened from the time the first W-7 U was loaded..

Thanks, I'll check the other ideas.






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