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I have an old ASUS P4S8X-X rev 1.01. BIOS forgets settings.

Left it sit unplugged for months, went to run it and the bios keeps forgetting the settings and does not recognize a HD is hooked up, also the processing chip speed sometimes gets forgotten. takes repeated attempts resetting it all for it to remember it for a while, then forgets and I do it all again. I have put in a new battery. tried different HD's, but it still gets amnesia. What do I do? a new bios chip?

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  • Eric Jacques
    Eric Jacques Nov 03, 2012

    read above, **** "all again. I have put in a new battery. tried " ****

  • Michael Green Nov 04, 2012

    The biggest problem with a new BIOS chip is finding the corect one for your board. It would be easier to find a new CPU / board bundle than replace the chip. Your board is old and sometimes the circuits fail. For about 100 GBP you could get a faster processor with RAM and board, or even a new board for about 30GBP Both would be easier and quicker.

  • Eric Jacques
    Eric Jacques Nov 04, 2012

    Thank you, I have considered that, but I DID find a BIOS chip for 15, And most used boards may have their own problems, this MB I know. Though you do raise the point of it may be another circuit prob besides the BIOS chip and will not be able to tell until I buy and install the new chip. TY for your help, but I am hopeing someone has a definitive answer KNOWING that I can do this cheaply with the BIOS chip, or a reset/setting I have missed.

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Replace the CMOS battery or just leave it plugged in and switched on for a couple of hours. This should recharge the CMOS battery. If this doesn't work you will need to replace the battery. It is a small circular silver disc on the motherboard.

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  • Eric Jacques
    Eric Jacques Nov 03, 2012

    read above, **** "all again. I have put in a new battery. tried " ****

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