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Reset BIOS question????

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Big Dog Dad, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. Big Dog Dad

    Big Dog Dad

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    I'm not sure what happened, but my wife's PC running XP recently had a massive crash and I think the BIOS needs reset. My question is if I reset it to factory default will I loose anything in the way of applications, hardware drivers, etc. This PC is so old, I don't have a lot of the original disks to reload everything and I'm about ready to put a 45 through it mainly because I'm tired of hearing her whining and moaning. She uses it mainly for e-mail, word processing and silly games. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, is there anything I should know if I go into safe mode on startup?

    -=BDD=-
     
  2. CigarandScotch

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    What do you mean by "resetting the BIOS?"...are you talking about reformatting your hard drive or actually FLASHING the BIOS? If you don't know, you probably shouldn't try either...
     


  3. joe0121

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    I tend to agree. If you have a video camera video the monitor as you press the power button. This will allow us to watch the POST and see what the issue may be.
     
  4. rednoved

    rednoved NRA Member

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    What makes you think the BIOS is the issue?
     
  5. Big Dog Dad

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    I've thought that BIOS might be the issue with the loss of my E: drive, low virtual memory error, out of memory error in Word and a few other applications. Will it do any harm to "flash" the BIOS during a reboot or do you have any suggestions? I'll take a few pics during bootup if you think that will help. Like I said, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    -=BDD=-
     
  6. srhoades

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    Flashing the BIOS will not fix your problem. Sounds like you had a failed hard drive and and you have insufficient RAM, hence the virtual memory errors. Too many programs loading at startup can also cause that.
     
  7. Detectorist

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    Without getting into your REAL computer issues...I would never, unless it's an emergency critical fix, flash the BIOS.

    Are you actually talking about System Restore?

    What do you see on the screen when it boots up?

    What brand/model computer do you have?

    If you haven't done so already, disconnect everything from the computer except the mouse, keyboard, screen, power plug and restart it.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2012
  8. soulxfer

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    Bios reset will not resolve your issue, if its low on virtual memory. Try cleaning up C drive and remove programs that start automatically. Use "autoruns" utility from sysinternals.com , its easy to use.

    Sent from my Windows 8 device using Board Express Pro
     
  9. stevemc

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    Try replacing the ram. It's easy and you aren't going to blow up your settings. BIOS is not your issue.
     
  10. IndyGunFreak

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    I guess I'll ask.. How much RAM does the machine have?