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I am returning an asrock z77 mobo to shop, I stupidly forgot to wipe it before removing all parts. Whats the quickest way to wipe the motherboard and return everything to factory default? Can I power it up with just a cpu in? or do I need everything installed just to go into bios?

thanks
post #2 of 23
You need ram and cpu to get into bios.
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post #3 of 23
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Thanks mate!
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

You need ram and cpu to get into bios.
You will need power as well. smile.gif
post #5 of 23
Just leave the battery out of it for a while. That will clear it.
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post #6 of 23
If that's Extreme4, just press clear CMOS button, or leave the battery out.
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post #7 of 23
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How long do you leave battery out? I just need it clearing back to factory state.
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yea just press clear cmos lol.
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post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by $ilent View Post

How long do you leave battery out? I just need it clearing back to factory state.

Just few minutes. About 5 to be sure. Clear CMOS will give you the same result, but it's pretty much guaranteed to work without any guesswork on how long to wait.
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post #10 of 23
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A ok that's strange because I've pulled a CMOS battery out before few min or two and then put it back in, the overclock is stock but all my saved PC profiles remain.
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