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Windows 7: Frustrations & Lessons Learned.

12 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
Frustrations & Lessons Learned.

So a few weeks back I upgraded my backup rig with the old parts from my main rig and posted about it here. In that post I noted my overclocks weren’t sticking. This is an i7-950 OC to 3.8 with 12gig of RAM running at 1600MHz. This was my main rig before moving to a Haswell system.

Anyway I stated the issue may have something to do with the low wattage 550watt PS that was still in the backup system. It was also suggested I replace the CMOS battery as that could also cause BIOS issues.

Fast forward to today….

So, I replaced the CMOS battery, as well as the PS with my old Antec SG-850. Get everything back together and still…. BIOS telling me there’s an issue. Additionally, Windows is having a hard time loading.

After a little over 2 hours of dickering with the CMOS/BIOS, and cussing cause I can’t get my 1866MHZ memory to run even at 1600MHZ, and still fighting Windows startup issues… a flash goes off… duh…. Your memory may be bad. Install my old modules…. Bang… 1600MHz, no more BIOS nags. Effing FINALLY!!!!

Boot into Windows, head over the Google to search for CPU-Z, and… IE is complaining….. Google’s certificate is no good. WTF. Check my main rig to see if Google is up there… all is good. Oh, Kaaay…

Go back to backup system…. Hey…. Windows 7 needs to be activated. Huh? I thought I did that last week. OK, Activate. Check Google…. No-go Charlie. Hmmm…. Maybe something went amiss while trying to load Windows…. Do a system repair. Google working….NO!

Check Windows update…. Error Will Robinson… Windows update not working. ARE YOU EFFING kidding me!!!! Curses to the top of lung. Wife wants to know what’s going on

OK, WTH is going on here??? Let’s run a virus scan….. We’re sorry, but your virus software doesn’t appear to be functioning correctly. In fact…. It’s expired

Now I'm really frustrated… I nearly punch the keyboard when I notice the clock…. The time is wrong, look a little closer… so is the date. Huh????

Turns out my D.A. forgot to re-set the BIOS clock. Doing that fixed all the Windows issues above…. Google, Windows Update, Norton AV.

Moral of the story….. Take your damn time and think about what you’re doing. Don’t get so caught up in the moment that you close off other possibilities…. Like bad memory; double checking the BIOS time since you DID replace the CMOS battery.

Trust me, had this issue been posted here most (me too) would have said check memory, CMOS battery, and BIOS time.

Lesson learned - Take your time and THINK! It could save you a lot of wasted time, and frustration.

Peace
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hey Drew,

I'm glad to hear you got her chugging along again. It's always an adventure ain't it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jan 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Certificate errors = check the date

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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13 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hey Drew,

I'm glad to hear you got her chugging along again. It's always an adventure ain't it.
Especially when you aren't paying attention to what's actually happening

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Certificate errors = check the date

A Guy
Err... you can get certificate errors anytime. But yeah, when you put all the issues together.... you probably want to check the clock.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Drew I have been in exactly the same spot with the time and date. It was my Norton that was giving me fits and it reminded me to check if the date was correct. Voila! I still have certificate warnings now with Yahoo mail, but they ain't the sharpest tool in the shed.

I'm also short tempered always calm with technology and only punched keyboard once the analytical side of me prevailed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2014   #6

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Pretty odd the Norton expiration deal,
Date must of been way off ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Pretty odd the Norton expiration deal,
Date must of been way off ?
Date was reset to Jan 1, 2010.

BTW, what actually happened with Norton was I did a virus scan under that date, and when I corrected the BIOS date, Norton saw it was 4 years later and expired. I had to re-register and re-activate Norton to get it "un-expired"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2014   #8

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Wow where's Doc and the back to the future car
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Wow where's Doc and the back to the future car
Yeah.

Anyway it also probably explains why I had to re-activate Windows as well. Can't wait to see what other oddities might pop up behind that one
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2014   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Certificate errors = check the date

A Guy
Err... you can get certificate errors anytime. But yeah, when you put all the issues together.... you probably want to check the clock.
Oh I know, but the date is the first thing to check when you get them

A Guy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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