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Computer shuts down cuts on then shuts down

my computer wont let me go into bios. i dont remember the code. the problem is i cut it on it goes through the upload then it goes to the main screen for 1 sec. then it restarts over and over again. if i had the bio code i think that would help so i can check the computer status.

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  • rell352 Dec 10, 2007

    i have another computer right next to the one that is messing up its a compaq. i doesnt have a burner on it. i wish i could connect with a cord or something to it.

    i push the power button on and then is starts and go to a screen that says f2 bios settings & f10 boot menu. it goes to desktop screen then shuts down then restarts by itself the same thing over and over.

    i tryed to do a f11 recovery but that didnt work.

    i can get to boot menu . i tryed to boot from hard drive first then same thing still happens.

    Im going to try to find my battery on the mother board and take that out for a lil while and put it back and see if that will help.

    I opened the tower. i see my nvida chip on one thing. well i see on the botter a board. then above that layed out ward wide like on its side board that has the nvida chip on it. i think the battery is on this board on the bottom right side of it. i pulled at it a lil but dont want to take it off if that isn't the rigth item.

    At the front i see another board that is laying flat that is the closest on the inside to the power button. pretty much im asking where is the mother board and the battery piece i have to take out for 5 mins. Thanks for the quick help. I really appriciate it. I use yahoo instant messenger also if your on there.

    my id is rell352 add me as friend or you can just go to one of my web sites and click on the yahooinstant messenger button. it will automatically connect me wit you.



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I have had a bad hard drive cause this sort of problem. The battery looks like a nickel. Hence the name coin battery.

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First, I'd say let's see if it's a BIOS problem, or a boot sector problem. If you have access to another computer that can download a LiveCD, try booting from one of those (as long as the BIOS was originally set to boot from the CD first -most are). Here are a few:

  • Ubuntu - A full, usable desktop
  • DSL - a very small Linux desktop, under 50mb, and can be booted on as little as 32 mb computer
If the computer is working, the LiveCD will boot to a desktop.

If your computer truly has a BIOS issue, you may need to reset the BIOS. To do this, remove the battery from the motherboard for about five minutes, the replace it and try again. While you're doing that, you might consider putting in a new battery.

Another possibility is to upgrade the BIOS:
  1. Go to another computer
  2. Look up your computer brand and model (id Dell, Gateway, HP, etc)
  3. On the model's website, look for the page with drivers and updates
  4. Download the latest BIOS
  5. Create a BIOS update disk from the manufacture's instructions.
  6. Boot the broken computer with the BIOS update disk in, and follow the instructions.
Some computers have security setting which, if not changed by the administrator, will not allow the computer to boot. If this is a used computer, that might be the case. You'd have to contact the previous owner for that.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007

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    Daniel Thompson Dec 10, 2007

    If you're getting the the boot screen, the BIOS is working fine. We now have to deal with a system that won't boot. For now, it doesn't sound like you need to remove the battery.


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If would help to know what your BIOS manufacturer is, let me give you some ways for BIOS to get in depending on the mfg.:

On EMachines it's usually DEL or F2 to enter.

AMD uses F1
AMI uses DEL
Award, Phoenix uses CTRL-ALT-ESC

If you have any more questions or information you would like to share, please let us know at FixYa.

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