Computer booting to BIOS(20 posts)
are you sure the 1 key that enters bios is not stuck? I have had that happen before with a stuck key
Look through bios and make sure it see the drive and make sure it is set to boot it first
That's weird. I have never known a computer to boot to the BIOS Setup screen automatically when you turn it on. Is that what you mean, the BIOS Setup screen? Or are you possibly referring to Safe Mode?
This is because of one of two possible reasons :
1) The computer battery is weak and you are losing BIOS settings. Usually DATA FIRST but there could be others.
2) ALL the BOOT DEVICES can't be found.
In either case you should see some 'warning' why the computer is going into BIOS? Which BIOS screen opens up, that might give a clue too, such as the data screen (which should be wrong) or the BOOT ORDER screen.
Oh goodness, a very common issue.
A computer can Boot into Bios if any of 100 or so Bios Settings are OUT of boot parameter.
CPU Clock, Memory Timings, Voltage Settings, Devices, Etc, Etc......
This is one way US Over-Clockers know when we can't go any farther; the machine just keeps booting
into Bios Setup Screen. (LOL) (LOL)
Also, If the CMOS Battery is weak and not holding the presets After Bios Setup, the machine will boot
to the Bios on every Cold Boot. (LOL)
NOTE: CMOS 2032 Battery should be replaced Yearly. :) :)
Obvious OP is is not a Builder.
Are there any other messages above the text that tells you to press F1?
I've got this problem on one of my old machines, and I think that it's related to the CMOS battery.
Edit: Looks like Xhi beat me to it!
F1 is presented when the BIOS has a problem with the setting, either the data is back to the ship date (battery 'dead') or something has changed. When something has changed (specified h/w not present, like a drive or RAM) the BIOS will open to that specific page.
What page did it open too...
Another slim possibility is an error occurring, like you hitting the keyboard or a stuck key or USB device. There is a BIOS setting to not REPORT boot errors. If this is the case you can reset it, but if a 'real' error were to happen, you wouldn't be notified.
I agree with Xhi & raphoenix. CMOS battery is probably flat and the bios cannot keep it's settings . Bios resets every time the pc resets .
Edit: It was originally rick's idea. add him -- GMod
Doubt the battery in this case. Usually the first hint would be the loss of date and time. Then followed by h/w seen as new as the old settings were lost. However, a check on the first page of the BIOS that shows the data and time, if correct would rule out the battery. I've had them go 'weak' and the first thing that is lost is the time, and if left a month or so without replacing the battery, then all the settings are lost.
Agreed rather eliminate the battery , then skip it & try multiple solutions & then it ends up to be the battery
http://paulw.wrytestuff.com/swa440828.htm. <-----------------as a joke , not calling any1 stupid
We replaced batteries after 20 years at work on old machines. They were still working and holding everything but we talking 386 processors. I just noticed original battery so went through and done them all. Batteries can go out like anything else is made cheap these days.
But it should lose date if it very low as Irv said
Most the time we don't have a working model to test parts in so process of pulling 1 part till you find what keeps it from booting.
cr2032 - "The shelf life of these batteries is about 10 years."
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