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Please check the small bios battery ( 3V) on the PC as the low voltage on this can cause bios issue and not set up the PC to boot.

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Reset your bios by removing the cmos battery and replacing the battery

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Just installed GA-X58A-UD3R board with brand new cpu cant get to boot. It starts to all lights come in then times out and resets itself. It will stay running if I hold in cmos button but still no video...


Try the following quick checks:

- reseat RAM and ensure using blue slots first before the gray DIMM slots, also do #2

- make sure CPU fan working correctly (2/3 pins are much more common now) and reporting status

Then try this, failing the others:

- test CPU temperature, 95 degrees Celsius is usually auto shut-off for AMD CPUs

EDIT: 5/20/2015 -- My above answer is woefully incomplete, for which I apologize.

In 2004 one of my clients was having almost the exact same problem as you have described in terms of symptoms, except they were using a . After doing my best to troubleshoot the problem, and failing to find a solution, my client exchanged the DOA motherboard for another Soyo Dragon II.

That motherboard had the exact same problem, and I was out of ideas, so I took the whole darn rig to my Mentor just down the street. Within only a few minutes he pinpointed the problem as being faulty capacitors on the motherboard, which he determined by comparing voltage and amperage readouts to what the motherboard manual listed -- http://www.NewEgg.com responded promptly with the unfortunate news that the entire production run of these Dragon II motherboards had bad capacitors (they then, free of charge, shipped my client via overnight air a similarly eComStation compatible motherboard that was at least 3 rungs up the ladder from the Dragon II).

I strongly suspect it is an issue caused by your motherboard, more specifically its DualBIOS feature somehow reporting false positives. This link gives you the run-down on its specifications and reviews from other users with essentially the same problem: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

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This issue is often caused by either an incorrect setting in CMOS Setup or a bad boot device, such as a bad hard drive.
Verify your boot options are properly set in CMOS setup. We recommend having the CD or disc drive as your first boot device and then hard drive as the second boot device.
If your CMOS Setup has an option to boot from the LAN disable this option.
If you have changed any CMOS settings, make sure to save and reboot the computer.
If this does not resolve the issue, try resetting the CMOS values to the default settings, save and exit.
Then try re-booting and tapping the f12 key which should start up a diagnostics page

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HELP dell inspiron 531s boots to message cmos "checkum error" and freezes


It is possible that the floppy drive has failed and that it is causing an error as at boot up the cmos is unable to complete the required tests that it performs and brings u the error to alert you to a problem. This is an easy fix but before I continue I will ask you this. Think about when was the last time you used your floppy drive?

If you replied with can't remember or ages ago then it is time you disable your floppy drive as it is now virtually an obsolete piece of hardware and secondly the actual drives are no longer made for internal use anymore the USB counterparts are just as good if not better.

If you answered just the other day then it is most likely that it has failed and that you will still have to follow y fix and purchase a USB external floppy drive.

The Fix :

Ok start up the computer and when you get the chance to enter your cmos screen enter it then find where your floppy drive , hard drive setting are disable your floppy drive, then save your changes and exit let your pc restart and this should solve your problem if you do this and you still have the error occurring then please contact your pc's manufacturer for further technical assistance.

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Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive


Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO YOUR HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty

make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

even something as small as a faulty electrical extension or fan lead can cause you problems

computers need all of the data and electrical current to travel through every working device and to have an end to be able work properly


motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive if its a flat ribbon 40 pin type IDE replace it this will be the first to fail

check all electrical power input and extensions make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd floppy drives need to have current go through make sure these drives are working


also check the Cmos battery and computer RAM modules make sure they are securely seated with no dust built up or in the sockets on some motherboards cmos batteries are soldered in

check you CPU make sure its securely seated and has thermal grease

hope this helps

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This issue is often caused by either an incorrect setting in CMOS Setup or a bad boot device, such as a bad hard disk drive.

  1. Verify your boot options are properly set in CMOS setup. I recommend having the CD or disc drive as your first boot device and then hard drive as the second boot device.
  2. If your CMOS Setup has an option to boot from the LAN disable this option.
  3. If you have changed any CMOS settings, make sure to save and reboot the computer.

If this does not resolve the issue, try resetting the CMOS values to the default settings, save and exit.
If this fixes the problem but it reoccurs again later you main need a new cmos battery. Or keep your battery always slightly charged.

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Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your "((MOTHERBOARD TO YOUR HARD DRIVE))" make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error even something as small as a faulty electrical extension or fan lead can cause this problem

follow the troubleshooting procedure a computer needs all of the data and electrical current to travel through every device and to have an end to be able work properly

a motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive if its a flat ribbon 40 pin type IDE replace it this will be the first to fail check all electrical extensions make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd floppy drives need to have current go through make sure these drives are working also it could be a dirty computer clean all of the dust from your computer you could use a vacuum cleaner but whatever you use make absolutely sure there is no moisture gets to anything in your computer

hope this helps

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One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electic extensions or just replace them they are probably faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error hope this helps

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Check in your CMOS to make sure that your computer isn't searching for the A: drive, set it to disabled or off. Sometimes you need to tell the computer that the A drive doesn't exist, or it will always try to boot from it, regardless of what the boot sequence is set to.

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