Start up fault

Discussion in 'Gaming and Software' started by Swamp_Rat, Mar 16, 2008.

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  1. Dell 5100
    Win XP

    When I swith on the UPS, the PC starts by itself.

    Then goes into 'Performing automatic IDE configuration...' and I have to hit F2 to reset the date & time.

    Off/On button or control relay fault?
    DC power supply fault?
    Motherboard fault?

    Any ideas or tips would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
  2. I'll admit im not a great PC person, but if its not storing the time/date maybe its just the motherboard battery (yes there is one on it!) is flat..

  3. CMOS battery needs replacing. Looks like a small silver disk on the motherboard, usually no more than a couple of quid.
  4. Its a watch better and easily picked up at the local asda, oh how high tech.
  5. Thanks and you're correct, it's the duff battery that won't allow date memory.

    Just that I can't understand the computer starting up by itself as soon as the external UPS supplies power.

    Thanks for your help so far anyway folks, much appreciated.
  6. You can buy them off EBay for next to nothing, don't pay high st prices :wink: