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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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Re: computer shuts down cuts on then shuts down

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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Re: computer shuts down cuts on then shuts down

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.

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Re: computer shuts down cuts on then shuts down

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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