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Windows 7: BIOS Screen runs 38 seconds

05 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64 bit
 
 
BIOS Screen runs 38 seconds

Hi,
I wrote earlier about this problem I am having when I start up my PC. Hopefully some one can help me? I get a blue screen with the words "F10=SETUP. When I hit F10 nothing happens. After approximately 38 seconds what I call the main blue BIOS screen comes up briefly and goes away and Windows starts up. Its this first blue screen I want to get rid of. This situation cropped up about a week ago. I even have done a restore to an earlier time, but it did not solve this problem. Any ideas? Thank you.

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05 Sep 2011   #2

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The problem is sounding as much bios induced as a windows problem. Are you able to start it in safe mode without this occurring?

My first guess just based on what's being described is a bad bios battery.
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05 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64 bit
 
 

I don't know. I haven't tried this. My PC is only 4 months old. I don't have a clue where the BIOS battery is. On the mother board? Thank you.
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05 Sep 2011   #4

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Hmm... seems less likely if it's new.

Here's the instructions on safe mode
Safe Mode

Right now the best thing you can do is try to get us the information laid out here.
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html
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06 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Check Your Connections

Turn the power off BEFORE messing around inside your PC (disconnect from the mains).

Make sure that all of your power and data cables are properly seated in their connectors.

I experienced something similar with my PC.
It seemed to be caused by a dodgy power connector plugged into one of my DVD drives!

I have no idea why that caused that problem though.
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06 Sep 2011   #6

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

hi
i found this the other day on bios when i was surfing for bios problems for my dads pc you may find something useful BIOS and EFI - Setup program used in desktop and laptop computers/PCs - P1 of 2
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06 Sep 2011   #7

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Turn the power off BEFORE messing around inside your PC (disconnect from the mains).

Make sure that all of your power and data cables are properly seated in their connectors.

I experienced something similar with my PC.
It seemed to be caused by a dodgy power connector plugged into one of my DVD drives!

I have no idea why that caused that problem though.
Actually intermittent power connection to a drive would change boot drive info in turn the computer asks for user input on boot devices every reboot.
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06 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Reasonable

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Turn the power off BEFORE messing around inside your PC (disconnect from the mains).

Make sure that all of your power and data cables are properly seated in their connectors.

I experienced something similar with my PC.
It seemed to be caused by a dodgy power connector plugged into one of my DVD drives!

I have no idea why that caused that problem though.
Actually intermittent power connection to a drive would change boot drive info in turn the computer asks for user input on boot devices every reboot.
That sounds plausible.
The drive connection that was causing the problem wasn't selected in the BIOS though (the other DVD drive was).
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06 Sep 2011   #9

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Still it's a change in boot devices. Whenever that occurs most bios will prompt for user input.
My machine in the den does it every time you boot with a usb drive plugged in. Regardless of if it has boot information on it.

...that's a much older mobo though.
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06 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Poorly Phrased

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I have no idea why that caused that problem though.
That was poorly phrased by me.
I had suspicions (but no proof).

In my case, it seemed that the BIOS kept trying to contact the DVD drive and after about 30 seconds it would give up and boot the system from the HDD (like it was supposed to).

My MB is fairly new.
I only got it in May, but I think that it had been available for about a year.
I read a review on that MB series (not my board specifically) that was done in 2010.

The BIOS on this MB reconfigures itself at every boot up.
I can't have it remember USB > DVD > HDD > Other unless all of the devices are present.
If any device is missing, it rewrites the boot device order.

My old MBs would remember the boot settings you selected, even if the device was no longer present.
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