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Can't get into BIOS

By Evulafro
Jan 22, 2013
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  1. Ok, so I did something really dumb. I was shutting down my pc, to remove my cd drive. However, being an impatient *****, and since the drive wasnt actually powered. I removed the the ATA cable or whatever those old IDE cables are called while it was shutting down. the PC immediately had a fit and turned off.

    Now it wont run. I get an initial gateway screen, with the f10 option for the boot, but when I use the keyboard nothing happens.

    I tried removing the battery for roughly 5 minutes, nothing different happened,
    I tried Removing the hard drive still couldnt access the bios.

    Any idea what im looking at here cuz this is something ive never come across.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    The motherboard is fried
     
  3. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    When I turn it on there is a single solitary beep, which seems normal but I haven't used that pc in a while.
    Visually there is nothing wrong with the motherboard.
    The only time a motherboard died on me, it was straight up burnt :p.
    Are there any tests I could do to ensure its the motherboard?
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    A fried video chip is very common with HP laptops. Since the chip is part of the motherboard, it has to be replaced
     
  5. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Wouldn't a fried video chip mean I couldn't get an image?
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Have you tried attaching an external monitor?
     
  7. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Well I was using a graphics card but I took it out, and connected directly to the motherboard graphics. Its kinda scratchy but I still have an image. I will post a picture when I manage to.
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,484   +233

    Just to clarify, Tmagic650, I don't think this is a laptop. The battery the OP mentioned in the first post was probably the CMOS battery.

    Evulafro, is this correct?
     
  9. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Yes cmos battery sry
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Yes mailpup, I got it confused with another post thanks:eek:
     
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    It possible that the proper driver for the "motherboard" graphics is not installed...
     
     
  12. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    I dont think it is. To be honest. Still havnt been able to get a picture sry.
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Well, I guess we're back to a bad motherboard....
     
  14. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Have you tried another monitor?
     
  16. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Just did still stuck in this screen if I use the graphics card it looks fine. However hitting f10 or f2 stiill does nothing
     
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Sounds like the bios is corrupted...
     
  18. Evulafro

    Evulafro TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Is there a way for me to fix this or do I have to take it in to a shop?
     
  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    You may still have to have the motherboard replaced, by a repair shop
     


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