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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-06-2007, 08:17 PM - Thread Starter
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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:

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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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Cool. Thanks.

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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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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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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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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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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...)

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unless you have crash free bios. but that stunts your ocing a bit

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