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Help with a crazy BIOS!

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Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2001 - 6:44 am:   

I am building a system and have a ECS K7VTA3 motherboard with a Via266 chipset. When I boot up the system, the BIOS does a bunch of crazy stuff. Sometimes, it will just display the processer type, and sit there. Sometimes it will run the memory test and then just sit there... Sometimes it will do both the above, check for IDE devices, find them, attempt to read the FD, and try to start up. However, I can't get it to boot off my floppy, even when it seems to be trying to read from it. Also, if I can get into the BIOS setup by pressing DEL, I have about 10 seconds when I can use the keyboard before the keyboard freezes, making it tough to configure all the settings. Can anyone offer any help??!??
Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2001 - 11:21 pm:   

They just recently released a BIOS update at for a power button failure problem. I think you have a bad power "supply" with the odd things you describe. However, it could also be buggy RAM. Try switching out each.

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