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Windows 7: Pressing restart button could damage MOBO or other Hardware Devices?

01 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1
Pressing RESET button could damage MOBO or other Hardware Devices?

1st of all sory if posting to wrong thread which i cant find for suitable for my topic.

I have a computer that is used my friend which he always press the reset button the a badluck happen which my desktop computer has no monitor appearance.

It was working fine only after he reset the problem came.

Upon turning on the computer only the brand of the monitor appear after a black screen only. Cannot enter bios menu.

Please dont advice me about the windows Shut Down option which i know this.

Try clean the mobo, memorycard, videocard used a blower = No monitor appearance.

Try replug the videocard = No monitor appearance.

Try plugging to built in videocard = No monitor appearance.

Try replug the memory card and change the slot = No monitor appearance.

Try insert the monitor to different computer = Good!

Didnt try replug the CMOS battery. Reason below.....
No beep sound on turn on.

So basically its in MOBO has the problem.

The brand is Asus P5KPL-AM SE

Im deciding to bring it to the computer shop.

On my pass MOBO issues...

Try ubove troubleshoot = No fix

I read the forum which CMOS battery could reset it but i did this on my past MOBO and didnt fix.

Went to computer shop and the technician did was resetting the MOBO and fixed the No Screen Appearance and i dont know how he do it.

My questionis does the reset button could damage the computer? i mean pressing repeatedly? or like 10 times in 14 hours used.

How many numbers can i Press the standard RESET Button Per day?
lets assume the computer is always used for about 14 hours per day.

Appreciate you help.

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01 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1/Ubuntu 11.10/Gentoo Hardened


For the MOBO (CMOS settings reset), turn off the computer, unplug form the socket, remove the MOBO battery and shorten the two poles of the MOBO battery socket with a screw driver or any other conductor (be careful not to touch anything else) and replace the battery with a new one (just to check if it's not dead). If this don't help, there should be a jumper on the MOBO, dedicated on CMOS reset. Read your MOBO manual. Try ASUS support site.

Second, try to update your BIOS to the latest version available. Again, try ASUS support site.

To be honest, I don't know the limit of hard restarts, but I'm sure it's kind of stressful for the PC.
Try to find the defective component. I'd suggest to replace the video card with another one (even the cheapest you can find) in order to check if the problem persists.

Hope I've been of some help!

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01 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1

Tnx for the tips and ive read that guide also but im afraid doing it.

I'll let the tech fix it.

Its not the videocard because i remove it and use the build in videocard which still black screen.

Actually the main purpose i post here is asking if PRESSING THE RESET BUTTON many times could damage the computer?
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01 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1/Ubuntu 11.10/Gentoo Hardened

It's only scary the first time! Really, trust me on this one. You'll either fix it or broke it completely. Yeah, that sounds encouraging...

I'm sure the tech has something else to do.

Now, on your main question - I doubt anyone knows for sure. But the hard reset is intended for emergency only. Just to work out a temporary hang.

I used your 'method' on one of my old rigs. No problems till the day I bought a new one.

IMHO, don't reset it this way! Nobody can't guarantee you anything. Just that my old rig was OK doesn't mean yours will be too.

I one thing I'm sure though, pressing the reset button many times WILL damage the computer. It's only a matter of time... It can blow to pieces (no, not literally) in two days or after twenty years.

I know I'm not of much help, I just think it's the right way of thinking in this case. And one more thing, I'm cutting the 'lectures' since I think it's a bit annoying...
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01 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1

The main damage you can do with the way you are shutting down is to your Hard disk if it happens to be writing the heads could crash damaging the platters making the disk unusable that's the most extreme that could happen.

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01 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit SP1


I dont really get your point.

I think hard disk will always run if not configure to turn off on AFK or IDLE? forgot the word for it.

Lets make and example playing games which he didnt close the games then PRESS THE RESET BUTTON? is it safe?

So what really happens on my desktop computer?


Tnx for the response.
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