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Tip on CMOS reset for most ASUS boards

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I recently encountered a useful tip regarding most ASUS boards. When overclocking, you will often find yourself in a position where you will need to reset your CMOS as a result of pushing your system too far. As a lot of times, it can be less than simple to get to the battery and jumper, you may fidn this useful.

On a unsuccessful try at POSTing, restart your computer. As soon as power is following, start tapping the Ctrl key. It will revert your BIOS to stock settings without any need of even taking the side of your case off. You can then enter your BIOS (by pressing Delete or whichever key your particular BIOS uses) and change your settings again.

What makes this exceptionally great, is that it doesn't reset the settings you have changed in your BIOS. Just makes your computer boot on default settings. So you can continue to tweak without spending the time changing everything back.

It is by far my favorite feature on ASUS boards. I'm not sure if it works on others, as I have only tried it on the following boards:

M2N32-Sli Deluxe
A8N32-Sli Deluxe
A8RMVP-Deluxe
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2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
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ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
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Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
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i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
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Tel'aran'rhiod
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
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post #2 of 30
I'll give it a shot tomorrow morning and get back to you to see if it works on my system.
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post #3 of 30
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Cool. Thanks.
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Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
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2000s
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Tel'aran'rhiod
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Laptop
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
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post #4 of 30
nice thanks
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80G and 300G MAXTORS SATA PIONEER 111-D & 110-D WINDOWS XP MCE 2005 DELL 2407WFP 
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post #5 of 30
I will have to try that.I have had that happen when I don't even OC my stuff. I restart and it acts like it has a brain fart or shall I say computer fart and won't boot up until I reset cmos.
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post #6 of 30
Anyone know if you can do something similar with DFI boards - I think you might be able to press Insert or something? :s
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post #7 of 30
Didn't know about the CTRL thing thanks.

With most boards, including ASUS, you can shut down the computer (sometimes you also have to turn off the PSU for a minute) and holding down the insert key right after powering it on. Like the CTRL method, it won't clear your settings but boot the system at stock settings. Yet i don't think it works for DFI, i'll give the ctrl method a shot next time it won't boot.
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post #8 of 30
Heh, I don't even need to press any keys to get mine to boot up. I just have to restart it if it doesn't POST - Gigabyte's safe overclocking thing just turns off User Clock Control, so the FSB goes back down to 266. It leaves all other settings as they are! Awesome! I haven't had to touch any jumpers yet
    
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post #9 of 30
Just a Noob chiming in...but the CTRL key tap is a slick trick for ASUS clocking noobs like myself (especially when trying to lock down max speeds for board, Fsb and mem...)

muchas gracias
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post #10 of 30
unless you have crash free bios. but that stunts your ocing a bit
    
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e2140 P5N32-SE SLI Deluxe 8500gt super+ 1gb 4gb 2x buffalo 1x rendition, 1x kngstn valueram 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160gb seagate dvd-rw and a false cd drive like in sig xp home oem samsung crappy POS 
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really bad crappy some piece of crap i got for cheap bad 
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