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BIOS stops booting with two CD checks

Had a weird problem this morning with an eMachines T5246 -- computer had been running fine, a week after I upped memory to 4gb. No other hardware changes since just before I bought it this spring.

At boot it said something like the usual BIOS gobbledygook
Then
Checking for CD
Checking for CD

And it would hang. I checked BIOS -- First option is boot off CD, second hard drive, third network card. I'm wondering if the BIOS somehow got corrupted and it was really trying to check the CD the second time around and stalled ... ? I temporarily changed it over to boot off the hard drive first, and it's fine.

But I don't know if this is a good time to buy a new BIOS battery (computer's less than a year old), flash the BIOS again (no updates available, just to reflash) or what. I probably ought to go back and make it 1) cd 2) HD again, save it and see if it works, but I'm nervous about changing this now that I've got it working again. Any suggestions?

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  • Boogerhead01 Dec 15, 2008

    Sorry, no, I had not flashed the BIOS again ... I just wrote poorly -- I meant flash it to the same version from which it came out of the factory.

    I'd rather have it check for a boot CD, but if I'm at that stage, it means something else is broken, and my wife isn't going to be able to fix it anyway. Maybe I will just leave it at booting off HD even after the steps suggested by stree, which I will try. Thanks so much, gnetlemen!




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It is absolutely ok to have it set to boot the HD first.

When you say 'flash the BIOS again' - does this mean you recently flashed it? As this will reset the boot order to the default (1.CD, 2.HD)

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1. Chek whether the time and date is correct
2. If No, change BIOS Battery, if Yes, No need to change the Battery
3. Install the latest Version BIOS (if the existing is the L8st, then reinstall)
4. Selct "Load Optimal Default" in BIOS and try to boot

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