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Startup problem It seems to happen randomly but whenever I turn on my computer, a black screen shows up saying the name of the computer and giving me the option of pressing DEL and TAB. I tried pressing these buttons and it does nothing. The computer will not start until i shut it off, leave it alone and then turn it back on. Sometimes it does the black screen thing again or it will "magically" startup like it always does. This seems to be happening more frequently and I can not seem to find a reason why my computer decides not to startup. I've tried unplugging it, restarting it, everything and it will turn on for no reason after another try. Help. . .

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This could be a corrupt bios or a low cmos battery, follow instructions. Take the right hand side panel off the pc. Look for a disc shaped 3V watch type battery and replace (Very cheap) Look on the motherboard and reset the bios at the 'JBAT1' terminal put jumper(little plastic cap) from pins 1-2 to pins 2-3 for a few seconds then back to pins 1-2. Restart pc and enter bios when prompted(or press F2 or DEL on startup) to set time and date, save settings and Exit bios. It should now boot ok.

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