My motherboard has several issues. Note: I have already replaced the coin-sized circular mobo battery, and it did not fix any of the issues below.
- Sometimes when I boot, the BIOS forgets my settings.
- Sometimes it only forgets the time.
- Sometimes it only forgets the Floppy setting. (The default is to look for a floppy drive, and if it does not exist, it fails, making me press F1 in order to continue the boot process.)
- I've NEVER had a floppy, and I repeatedly change the BIOS to not look for a floppy.
- Sometimes it forgets both time and the floppy setting.
- Maybe it forgets my other settings, too, but I just don't realize it. (not sure, there aren't any other settings I care about)
- Sometimes when I turn the computer on (either after sleeping, hibernate, or full shutdown, it does not matter), it won't boot at all. The symptoms are:
- Nothing at all shows on the screen.
- The GPU fan stays at full blast.
- Boot process gets stuck where it won't boot until I press reset.
- After pressing the reset button, it loads normally (if it was previously put to sleep, then it comes out of sleep normally, or if it was previously hibernated, then it comes out of hibernate normally.)
- These issues didn't just start (I didn't add new hardware). They have been getting worse over time. (It forgets the time more often.)
There are no other problems, the OS boots fine and works normally thereafter.
I found out that there are replacement BIOS chips for my mobo on ebay. They aren't expensive ($15), so maybe that will help? I don't even know if replacing a BIOS chip is possible with just household tools.
Before I buy the BIOS chip, I want to see if anyone knows if there is anything here that makes it sound like it's definitely a mobo problem, and not just a BIOS problem. And also, is it possible to replace the BIOS chip with household tools.