New CPU Installed - Continual BIOS info

By RickM
Feb 18, 2007
  1. Hello,
    Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
    Over a month ago my home was involved in a fire. I saved a few things but lost a ton of things.
    This computer is one of the items that made it.

    I have been getting a message at boot up over and over.
    New CPU installed !! Please enter setup to configure your system.
    Press F1 to run setup,
    Press F2 to load default values and continue.

    I went into the cpu settings and everything looked fine.
    Many times I just scroll over to exit and save without making any changes at all and the computer boot up into Windows XP with not problems at all.

    It is an AMI Bios.. Mobo is an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe
    CPU is Intel Pentium 4E, 3000 MHz (15 x 200) - Not overclocked
    Memory is 1 GB.
    Video Card nVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE 256 MB
    O.S. is Windows XP Home.

    Now and then the BIOS will not detect the HDD so I have to play games until it finally detects it.
    This has never happened on this machine before the fire.
    Could one of you "Pro's" fill me in on what may be going on or fill me in on how to fix the problem ?
    Any information will be appreciated.
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Make sure all of the components are plugged in properly and tightly first. Also, I had a similar problem with a hard drive, and I found out that it was not set 1st in BIOS for a storage device, and I had to go and switch it, and that worked. I'm sure if that isn't an answer, someone will be around shortly :) .

    Sorry for your loss :( , I probably heard about it on the news (I live in Northeast Mass. too).
  3. RickM

    RickM TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Thank you Cfitzarl,

    The fire was on January 3, 2007 and started around 9:20 a.m.
    Longview at Georgetown - $2,000,000 in structure damage.
    Lost $30,000 + in personal property.
    The place went up like tissue paper.

    I'm located in Nahant, Mass. now.
    Moving to N. Andover soon.

    I will check out all of my connections on the whole system.
    Thank you for the information, I appreciate it very much.
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Nahant, I'm about 3 miles away from you :unch: east of Lynn, can you guess?
  5. RickM

    RickM TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Hi Cfitzarl,
    I would guess..... Swampscott, Marblehead or Salem ?
  6. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Lol I can guess boston because it says right there lol
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    It's near Boston, not Marblehead, nor Salem :) .
  8. RickM

    RickM TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Winthrop ? Revere ?
    Right across the harbor
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    You posted it before (I don't like to say it ;) )

    BTW, did you check all of your connections and BIOS setup for the hard drive issue?
  10. RickM

    RickM TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 27

    Checked the connection on the HDD and the connection was tight.
    I will have to take a little time to go over the whole unit when I have the time.
    I thought it may have been a setting in the BIOS .. It appears to be O.K.
    very strange, at first start up I get the message New CPU Installed !! If I shut it off and turn it back on within a few minutes I do not get the message. Only when it is off for over 30 minutes or so.
    CMOS battery seems to be working .
    I will just keep checking and sooner or later it will surface.
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    heat is very dangerous to magnetics and electronics in general. You might have more issues than meets the surface. With hardware issues already, you might have to write this hardware out and claim it on your insurance.

    Perhaps you can get it to work, but I think it might be too much trouble for you. good luck. sorry to hear about the fire.
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