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"162-System Option Not Set"

by Dragon / May 2, 2004 9:17 AM PDT

This is a message I get at boot up, before I see any kind of screen. Oddly enough, its also a message I got before using my recovery disk. I thought the message would be gone. I just read someplace that it might be my bios battery is dead.

If it is my battery I wonder if it could have been the root to some of my previous problems.

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Timing of messages.
by Kees Bakker / May 3, 2004 5:55 AM PDT

Brian,

Any message on the screen you see before you see "Loading Windows 98 ..." or the equivalent with XP comes from the BIOS, and reloading the OS doesn't have any influence on it. So it isn't surprising at all. Hope your reload did solve some other problems for you.

Searching on google I find the explanation you refer to. But without the 162 I find
"The values stored in CMOS RAM are either corrupt or nonexistent. Run BIOS Setup."
and also the warning message from AMI BIOS
"CMOS RAM is powered by a battery. The battery power is low. Replace the battery."
which casts some doubt on the battery story in my opinion.

Much more on it (but not necessarily more informative!) in google groups. The battery story repeatedly comes back anyway.

It won't harm to replace the battery. If the message persists, go into the BIOS setup and see if you can find anything irregular. Just resetting it to default values (would help to solve any corruption) and this will be done automatically if it is without power long enough, so you just might never know if it really was a battery problem or just solved by the reset.

You might try the reset first. Might save you the cost of a new battery.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Message is gone
by Dragon / May 3, 2004 6:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Timing of messages.

Resetting default didnt work at first. But I remembered following a suggestion to change a setting in CMOS so that the CD drive would open first. I changed that so the floppy would load first, and the message disappeared. I had earlier noted that the floppy was making a lot more noise than normal and Id made a mental note to post a question about that...

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. No battery, yet... But the machine is five years old. How long do they last?

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Nice to read.
by Kees Bakker / May 3, 2004 7:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Message is gone

This Compaq battery here is 6 years old, at least (my wife thinks it's 7, and it's her computer, but I doubt it).

The best setting for the boot sequence (if that's what you mean) is boot from hard disk first. CD ROM is only needed if you want to use a restore CD (or another bootable CD, such as Win XP system CD), diskette is only needed when booting from a boot diskette in case of serious trouble.

There aren't so many boot sector viruses around as there used to be, but I've once had to reformat because somebody gave me a diskette with a boot sector virus, and I had left in the machine when I turned it off. So: no more boot from a: for me!
Booting from c: to start with is the fastest, of course.

Kees

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