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I need to restore my default CMOS settings. How would I do that.

(Award Modular Bios v4.51PG)

Please let me know if additional information is necessary.
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go into your CMOS setup when booting up, normally you hit the "Delete" key but read the opening screen to be sure, but after getting into it just look for thr choice (use default setting( click it and save and exit.

If this is not possible then the other way is to move a jumper to erase the CMOS setup or remove the battery for a few seconds
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rayt333:

In my ROM PCI/BIOS CMOS setup utility I have two choices:

[1]  LOAD BIOS DEFAULTS (Load BIOS Defaults except Standard CMOS SETUP)
     
[2]  LOAD SETUP DEFAULTS (loads Setup Defaults except Standard CMOS SETUP)

(Award Modular Bios v4.51PG)

Now, which one should I use?

Thanks




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LOAD BIOS DEFAULTS
The BIOS defaults have been set by the manufacter and represent setting which provide the minimum requirements for your system to operate

LOAD SETUP DEFAULTS
The chipset defaults are setting which provide for maximum system performace

So I would say the one you need is the BIOS Defaults
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You can read a little more about it at this site:
http://www.phoenix.com/pcuser/bios-award-setup.html
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Thanks for your answer, however with my knowledge of the above referenced subject, I'm unsure wether to proceed. Please provide an understandable reasoning for your proposed answer.

Thank you!
Erik
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rayt333 earned 80 total points
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Your question was:
 "I need to restore my default CMOS settings. How would I do that."
I explained how to do that along with giving you a reference about the different settings.

Now you ask:
"Please provide an understandable reasoning for your proposed answer."

How can I explain why you wanted to reset your CMOS to default, I can only explain the "how" not the "why"
You asked the question and I explained how to do what you wanted to do, because you changed your mind about doing it is no reason to reject my answer since it was the correct answer to your question
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by:ehundrieser
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Thanks rayt333:

I agree with you that you can't read my mind. I'll have to learn more about BIOS and CMOS defaults, and how they interact with each other, if that's the case.

In the meantime, I'm more than happy to add 15pts to the original questions and assign them to you.

Thanks again!
Erik
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If you are not sure about what you are doing then before you reset the CMOS write down all the setting so you can go back to what you had. Resetting to default shouldn't hurt anything but not something you should do just for  something to do, if you want to make changes and see what those changes do then by all means try it just remember to write the orignal setting down so you can change it back if there is a problem.
If you run into a problem don't worry about asking for help, you will never learn what to do unless you try it. You will remember the mistakes better then the ones that went without any problems
Here is a good site to check out for BIOS and CMOS info:
http://WWW.PING.BE/bios/main.html
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