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Graham
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« on: May 31, 2013, 09:20:27 PM »

I have an old laptop that we occasionally use for browsing the web and checking email.  Recently I had some issues, and now when I try to start it up, the power and wi-fi lights turn on, the CD and hard drive lights flash, then it powers down and does the same thing over and over again.  The screen doesn't even show a splash page.

I have a feeling my BIOS is borked.  Is there any way for me to get this fixed?

Incase anyone is wondering, it's a Gateway M-1625.
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 03:55:24 PM »

The days of replacing BIOS chips is long gone - disappeared sometime in the 80's.  You can always flash the BIOS, but that isn't going to work for you if the system won't even boot a CD-ROM. Your problem doesn't sound like a bad BIOS chip to me though as much as a power issue.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 07:21:26 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on June 13, 2013, 03:55:24 PM

Your problem doesn't sound like a bad BIOS chip to me though as much as a power issue.

My thoughts as well.  Possibly bad memory.
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013, 02:43:31 PM »

Well, it does have two memory sticks.  I did swap them out one at a time to see if that would help but it didn't.

I did try running something in the BIOS to see if it would help the battery life, but it ran for over 24 hours and shut the computer down.  That's why I thought it was a BIOS issue.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 08:08:32 PM »

1) pull out the battery and power cord.
2) leave only 1 stick of ram in.
3) leave it like this for 30 minutes
4) plug the power cord in (leave battery out)
5) go into BIOS and reset to defaults
6) reboot.
7A) If you get into windows, try putting the battery back in and rebooting. if you have problems, it's most likely a bad battery.
7B) if you can't get to Windows, but can now boot to CD, go get the latest BIOS and BIOS flash program form the vendor and redo the BIOS.
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