Why will computer not boot up properly?

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I try booting up my computer but all that happens is the monitor light stays orange when it should be yellow and the cd rom light stays on instead of flashing.. i then leave the computer off and come back five minutes later and boot it up again and everything works fine??? my battery has gone could this be the problem????

Answer

This question was answered on September 2, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes, simply put The battery could be the problem, but so could

a whole bunch of other things.

The battery is used so that your computer holds on to you system

setting located in the BIOS (Basic, Input, Output, System) When the battery goes dead, your BIOS settings (depending on your computer) either are lost, or default back to the factory settings The BIOS

contains important information regarding your hard drive setting,

Interrupt requests for audio and video devices, and your computer

clock, along with some other stuff.

The cable connected to your hard drive may also be loose, and when

your computer boots up and tries to determine the setting for

your particular drive, it is unable to do that, so it hangs up.

If you are comfortable in opening your system, the battery is

fairly simple to replace, It looks just like an old fashoned

digital watch battery, and for most modern systems pops right out.

Beware, certain manufactures do have the battery soldered to the

motherboard Trying to tear it out could cause some serious damage.

If you have any doubt about what to do, take the machine to a

qualified Tech to have the battery replaced.

Best of luck.

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Posted by Chester of University of Advancing Computer Technology on September 2, 2000