For the past year I would toggle the power to ON for my PSU … give it a few seconds … then press the Power On button on my PC. Some times when I didn’t wait enough that ASUS window would come up telling me to setup my BIOS.
The past two nights when I toggle the power ON to my PSU and press Power ON for my PC that ASUS window appears something like “F1 to set up BIOS … something something about setting RAID for my SATA”.
- I go into BIOS it sees my 3 internal Hard Drives : C drive plus my two game drives.
- my BIOS clock reads 01 / 01 / 2009 and the time is off too
- I set my BIOS clock to the current day and time
- I “view” / confirm that my 3 internal Hard Drives are listed ( none missing ).
- at this point I have “Saved and reset” and I’ve “Discard changes and Reset”
- either way no changes are reported. ie: REALtek audio set to DISABLED (I have a CLabs sound card)
my system boots up and all my disc drives and cd/dvd drive are seen.
*At this point I can “RESET” and my system resets normally … no side trip into BIOS.
*AT this point I can “SHUTDOWN” shutsdown normally … I give it a minute or two - NOT shut off the power as I usually do to my PSU - and Press the ON button to power up my PC and all goes smooth right into Windows 10.
After shutting down - turn the PSU toggle power switch to off - come back later and power on and reboot again the ASUS window appears again “press F1 to something something Sata drives you may want to set up as a RAID …”
- the BIOS clock is reset to 01 / 01 / 2009 + the wrong hour minutes
- my 3 internal hard drives are seen under that SATA information window
- I can “save and exit” no changes and restart or I can “discard and exit” and either way Windows 10 boots up fine at that point. Restarting or Rebooting also works fine takes me right back to Windows 10.
*** I guess I need to replace my little battery on the mother board? CMOS battery? I’ve been using it for 5 years now. When I cold boot my PC acts as if I have installed a new mother board … it acts like it doesn’t remember but I make no changes (all seems good) and I can boot to Windows.
*** MY firmware bios flash is old 2015 and I’ve never flashed a bios before and scared to even attempt incase something goes wrong. Never done it before is the big hurdle. I just can’t risk financially to attempt and end up with a computer that doesn’t even function.
Thank you for any tips on where to begin.