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NVRAM Problem

I am running an ASUS P4P800S-X Motherboard with a P4 3.0GHz CPU, 1GB of DDR Ram consisting of two 512 chips, and an ASUS Radeon 9550SE VGA card.

Recently I started having problems on boot-up where during the boot sequence the computer would freeze when it reached the NVRAM check.

The screen will say:

DDR Frequency 400 Mhz
Checking NVRAM..

And then it stops booting up.

If I turn off the power and reboot it then gets past that part on the second boot sequence and shows the following message instead:

Overclocking Failed! Please enter Setup to re-configure your system.

Then I press F1 to enter the Bios Setup, exit the BIOS without changing anything, and the computer boots up fine thereafter.

This problem now happens every time I boot my PC from having been in a powered off state.

At first I thought maybe the Ram chips were loose so I took them out and swapped the RAM slots just in case, but that didn?t help to get rid of the problem.

Now I am thinking it may be a BIOS setting, but I am not sure what I would need to reset in the BIOS to fix the problem.

Any ideas would be kindly appreciated.

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are your jumpers set correctly?

In reply to: NVRAM Problem

did you accidentally set the jumpers for the CPU to settings that would overclock it? or did you try overclocking accidentally (chaning a setting thinking it was something else?)

another idea would be to contact Asus
or just download the newest BIOS from Asus for your board

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In reply to: are your jumpers set correctly?

Thank you Ozos. I have not changed any jumper or any other settings on the BIOS as far as I know.
The only recent change to the PC was the addition of one of those optical mouses with all kinds of lights inside. Maybe the extra power demand is causing a problem?
Flashing the BIOS is a good sugesstion though. I will start there by checking to see if there is an update available from ASUS.

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