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Initial boot up requires me to hit F1 EVERY time.

I have just built a computer and I am running Windows XP home, with AMD 3000+ chip (754 socket) on a ECS nForce3-A motherboard and 1GB ram with a Seagate 7200 rpm 160Gb hard drive. Every time I turn the computer on it requires me to manually select F1 to go forward and boot up or DEL to enter setup. All of my other computers simply go through the process and boot up! I am not real good at this techmical stuff and could use some help in solving the problem. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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Not unusual.

In reply to: Initial boot up requires me to hit F1 EVERY time.

BIOS updates sometimes address that and then again, the board is new and could have a defect. Why not pester the seller about this for an exchange?


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As Bob said, but...

In reply to: Initial boot up requires me to hit F1 EVERY time.

normally there will be some message accompanying the message to press F1 that identifies the reason.

Once in a while it is as simple as the battery has a bit of cellophane interfering with a complete circuit.

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No message

In reply to: As Bob said, but...

I looked at the battery and everything appears ok. No further message comes up, simply: "press F1 to continue, del to enter setup"
I also checked the website for bios updates but there are none.


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Try the usuals.

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1. Enter the BIOS and then SAVE the settings.

2. Some home builders gaffe the motherboard mounting and have an EXTRA mounting point shorting out something on the back side of the motherboard. Find and fix that.

If that's not it, then it's time to RMA the board.


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