BIOS error msgs at startup - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-05-2009, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2
Default BIOS error msgs at startup

Hi guys, Ive search the forum to find any info at all on this issue but I was not able to do so.
I have a problem with an ASUS P4P800 motherboard. Every time it boots up it gives me the following message:

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, backup and replace.
New CPU Installed! Please enter setup to configure your system.
Press F1 to Run Setup
Press F2 to load default values and continue.

If I press F1 and configure everything up on the bios, the same thing will happen next time I boot up. If I press F2 it continues normally and works great in windows until I restart the system.
The hard disk is OK and I have not installed a new CPU!
I have already upgraded the BIOS, replaced the battery and cleared the CMOS. I do not know what else to do. I was thinking maybe some caps are bad in the BIOS circuitry (just a guess)?
Any help people?


Onyxx is offline  
Old 02-05-2009, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
Master Techie
NightSurge's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 2,217
Send a message via AIM to NightSurge

Well just by going with that message, your hard drive could be "failing" but still "functional." It could be on it's way out and your BIOS is detecting it.

If you swapped out the battery and it is still saying New CPU installed, I do not know what could be triggering that. Do you have any other hard drives you could try? I would back up your current drive just to be safe.


If I was helpful, please click the icon on the left hand side of this message that looks like a check mark Thanks!

NightSurge is offline  
Old 02-05-2009, 01:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
disgruntled ex-moderator
Nagasama's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: probably on the lake
Posts: 6,956
Default Re: BIOS error msgs at startup

did it start after you updated the bios? or just out of the blue one day?
"nagasama no longer drinks tecate, or streaks out of the night for anything, and he has a fine wife so he has no use for your girlfriend...she is safe..."
Nagasama is offline  
Old 02-07-2009, 06:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2
Default Re: BIOS error msgs at startup

Hi guys,
Nagasama, it just started one day for no reason! Everyone keeps talking about the hard disks but unless I am missing something and it would not be the first time ), I think this is a MB issue!

I have removed the cmos battery and the symptoms are the same without it every time the system is turned on! So I am thinking that the circuitry that involves the battery and the bios chip is failing! If I could get schematics for this mainboard...

Anyway, I have not giving up yet! Thanks for your help and keep it coming....
Onyxx is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
POST Troubleshooting Guide SYL\X/3K Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 7 03-07-2009 10:24 AM
Computer Freaking Out at Startup (Hijackthis inside) keyweez360 HijackThis Logs (finished) 14 09-14-2008 09:22 AM
Toshiba 'BIOS password glitch' Cunjo Laptops and Notebooks 1 06-17-2008 01:14 AM
Long Beeps at start up freak67 Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 6 12-06-2007 05:08 PM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.