My PC won't turn on properly after I changed my CMOS battery

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My PC won't turn on properly after I changed my CMOS battery

Recently I changed my CMOS battery and now if I turn it on it says :
"Invalid configuration information - Please run SETUP program

Performing automatic IDE configuration...
Drive 0: disk drive
Drive 4: CD-ROM Device
Time-Of-Day not set - Please run SETUP program
Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility"

When I press F1 it brings me to something that says that windows didn't start successfully and if a power failure happened last time or something press start windows normally. Whichever choice I choose, it gets me a blue screen with a few numbers and then restarts.
I also tried to change the time of day, it puts me the same thing except there's no more incorrect time message.

   

hubby
Re: My PC won't turn on properly after I changed my CMOS battery

You need to get into your BIOS/CMOS setup to set the time and configure the hard drives, like it says. When you hit F1, Windows is trying to boot, but it cant because you need to run your BIOS/CMOS setup..

Did you press F2 to run the (CMOS/BIOS) setup utility to do as it suggests? Be sure that before you exit the CMOS setup, you press whatever buttons it says to save everything.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: My PC won't turn on properly after I changed my CMOS battery
Okay I changed my time, but is there anything else to change?
hubby
PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery

Generally, setting the time and letting the CMOS do an auto-detect on your drives and then saving everything is all that you need. Of course your particular bios model and version may require something different.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery
Well now there's no message, it just brings me to the choices how to start windows, but it still brings the blue screen and then restart... I have my windows xp CD, so if there's nothing to do I could reformat as I don't really have important stuff. It'll just be a pain to reconfigure all and install all the drivers again.
hubby
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery

Ohh the joy of Windows.. I'm sure glad there is a choice not to deal with it anymore!

You might try to see if you can boot into Safe Mode by pressing F8 (?) at that magical moment after the first BIOS info shows but before Windows tries to start.

You might also want to open the case again and make sure that all the RAM and hdd (hard drive) cables are nice and secure.. you may have knocked something loose..

Anonymous Visitor
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery
I know right ;( Only reason I'm toying with windows is because its my desktop and it still does the job as a second computer, until I got the system alert for low battery thing. Well I don't see any loose cables, but I'm not an expert inside the PC and when the choices come I have : Safe Mode Safe Mode with Networking Safe Mode with Command Prompt Last Known Configuration Start Windows Normally. I tried them all and still same result. I guess if i reformat it would mean the problem is really inside the machine...
Anonymous Visitor
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery
Okay I tried to reformat but it said it couldn't find the hard drive. So I'll try to check it, but I don't really know what it looks like, is there a specific place for it to be?
hubby
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery

The specific place it should be is at the end of the hdd (hard drive) cable (sorry, every case layout is different). If it's not finding the drive, assuming it has power and assuming it's plugged in, and assuming it didnt coincidentally die at the same time you replaced the CMOS battery, then the issue is with those CMOS settings.

EDIT: Try googling your exact model of PC and you can probably find a document or diagram that shows where the hdd (hard drive) is.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery
Hum okay I think I found the Hard Drive, under the the CD-Rom slot. I didn't say it earlier, but I actually unplugged my desktop for like a week (I don't remember it being on.) When I tried to turn it on a week earlier it brought the alert system low battery and wouldn't turn on the computer. So how do I access CMOS settings? Is it in setup? Because I can't find anything named CMOS settings.
hubby
Re: PC won't turn on after I changed the CMOS battery

It's all in that setup menu referred to by your original message - F2;
OR,
when the computer first boots up, there is probably something that says something to the effect of "press F10 for settings" (or something)

The exact wording, the exact way to get into the CMOS/BIOS setup, what the settings are, and how to change the settings all depends on the manufacturer and specific revision of the PC/or the BIOS/CMOS.

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