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Unplugging from the wall and or PSU does the same job so it does really not matter at all. congrats on you 900th post lol..and yes it sounds like a dying HDD to me also.
Thanks.

I posted mine as you were posting yours, so I didn't see your post. But yes we are both right.

Anyway, I do not recomend bios flashing programs that are not put out by the manufactuer. I tried one once to flsh a vid card and it wadded the cards bios up good. I have also heard of mobos bioses getting corrupted in the same way. Go to your mobos builders web site and see how they recomend flashing it, then doing so. A partially flashed bios may be your problem.
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Thanks.

I posted mine as you were posting yours, so I didn't see your post. But yes we are both right.

Anyway, I do not recomend bios flashing programs that are not put out by the manufactuer. I tried one once to flsh a vid card and it wadded the cards bios up good. I have also heard of mobos bioses getting corrupted in the same way. Go to your mobos builders web site and see how they recomend flashing it, then doing so. A partially flashed bios may be your problem.
Indeed a corrupt flash can be annoying and kill your mobo.The @BIOS program hes using is actually the Giga-byte program used to flash the bios so he should be ok.
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Ok I cleared the DATA pool and the updates were successful. I don't think it could be a damaged CPU because if it was, I don't think I would be able to play a game for a long time. But resetting the CMOS isn't just like enabling Load-fail-safe defaults in BIOS? Manually is the only way?
    
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Ok I cleared the DATA pool and the updates were successful. I don't think it could be a damaged CPU because if it was, I don't think I would be able to play a game for a long time. But resetting the CMOS isn't just like enabling Load-fail-safe defaults in BIOS? Manually is the only way?
Manually is the best way yes im afraid you dont have to remove the battery as you may have a C-mos clear jumper. I doubt your Cpu is damaged its morel likely your HDD but if you can get into windows at all Run a program called ''Prime95'' to check the stability of your CPU.
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Indeed a corrupt flash can be annoying and kill your mobo.The @BIOS program hes using is actually the Giga-byte program used to flash the bios so he should be ok.
Ok, I did not know about gigabytes. Try running a hdd diagnostic off of a bootable floppy. Here is one: Support | Downloads

This will tell us if it is a shot drive or a different problem.
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the easiest thing you can do is honestly to clear the cmos jumper,look for your manual and locate it.unplug the power suppply, open up your case,it's usually near the battery and bios. it should be 3 pins with a 2 pin cap on 2, you want to take of the jumper with a pair of small plyers (what i did because its mATX and very tight) and put it on the other 2. wait 30 seconds and put it back.
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post #17 of 82
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Originally Posted by dazed and confused
Ok, I did not know about gigabytes. Try running a hdd diagnostic off of a bootable floppy. Here is one: Support | Downloads

This will tell us if it is a shot drive or a different problem.
Indeed ..Nice find there mate i may use that in the future lol.
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I''m not sure if I have a jumper, if I don't I just remove the battery? Then I need to reprogram BIOS right? But it won't lost my controllers (like SATA controllers).
    
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Indeed ..Nice find there mate i may use that in the future lol.
Thanks, it is ones I have seen. HPs is really bad, and maxtors isn't much better.
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Thanks, it is ones I have seen. HPs is really bad, and maxtors isn't much better.
Yeah lol thats a valid point..I have generally gone for Western Digital really , then again i have personally never had a problem with a Maxtor.
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