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checking NVram when computer boots-hangs

I had a 200 MMX motherboard that was my old computer.  I know the equipment works.  I took apart the equipment and stored them in a box, I then built a new computer that I have used for 8 months.  

I put the 200 mmx together in a box (AT) and when I boot up It gets to the "Checking NVRAM" and it just hangs there.  

Any suggestions?  I know it is possible a jumper came off the motherboard, but I no longer know the manufacturer or have the book.  

Any suggestions?
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oldgreyguyCommented:
go into the BIOS and set all to default, reboot and see if it clears up, if so, then go back in and start setting up the BIOS the way you need
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gikamCommented:
open the case of the computer. look carefully at the motherboard and notice any logos, simbols, codes or signs printed there
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SPECIALISTAuthor Commented:
oldgreyguy...

 There is no way to get into the bios.  It hangs at cheking nvram.  

it does not even get to the point of press f4 to enter setup.

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SPECIALISTAuthor Commented:
oldgreyguy...

 There is no way to get into the bios.  It hangs at cheking nvram.  

it does not even get to the point of press f4 to enter setup.

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Asta CuCommented:
The computer's battery is ok?  You've not had any luck reading any onscreen information via Pause to get any bios info either?  Any idea what type of NVRAM? One type of NVRAM is SRAM that is made non-volatile by connecting it to a constant power source such as a battery. Another type of NVRAM uses EEPROM chips to save its contents when power is turned off. In this case, NVRAM is composed of a combination of SRAM and EEPROM chips.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
pull out any add in cards.......... modem, sound, scsi, and see if you can get into the bios with just graphics installed

bill
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rayt333Commented:
Is the memory the correct type for the MB?

I know when I put EDO memory in a computer that only took FastPage memory then it would halt on the checking memory screen.
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SPECIALISTAuthor Commented:
Well..

This is not giving me any ideas on how to fix my problem.  Well I appreciate comments, but telling me to go into the bios and restore defaults is useless since I cant get into the bios (cause it hangs).

Other comments about the wrong type of memory, I clearly said "I had a 200 MMX motherboard that was my old computer.  I know the equipment works.  I took apart the equipment and stored them in a box, I then built a new computer that I have used for 8 months."

Thanks for trying...I must find another solution
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SPECIALISTAuthor Commented:
Well..

This is not giving me any ideas on how to fix my problem.  Well I appreciate comments, but telling me to go into the bios and restore defaults is useless since I cant get into the bios (cause it hangs).

Other comments about the wrong type of memory, I clearly said "I had a 200 MMX motherboard that was my old computer.  I know the equipment works.  I took apart the equipment and stored them in a box, I then built a new computer that I have used for 8 months."

Thanks for trying...I must find another solution

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rayt333Commented:
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rayt333Commented:
I then built a new computer that I have used for 8 months.  

                   I put the 200 mmx together in a box (AT) and when I boot up It gets to the "Checking NVRAM" and it just hangs there.  


Make up my mind here, did you just put the system back together??? or did that 8 months ago and just got around to turning it on now???

Even parts in a box go bad, especially electrical sensitive parts???
I'm sorry you feel we are no help, but we aren't mindreaders here, you have not posted any info on what MB you have or anything???
We have no idea what you have tried or what kind of experience you have working on a computer, so unless you help us out with some feedback then there is no way we can help you.

My computer is broke, what's wrong with it?????
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rayt333Commented:
I think he got the solution and decided he didn't want to give up any points
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martyn_bannisterCommented:
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Did you try removing the memory and add-in cards, wiping the contacts with IPA (iso-something alcohol, available in SMALL bottles from any pharmacy) and trying again? Buildup of oxide (especially if you have cheap tinplated contacts on RAM and addin cards) is a real problem when components are stored for a time.

Before you rush out and buy the IPA, try just unplugging and reseating each component 10 times. This can sometimes wipe off the oxide layer.

Another problem could be the hard disk. The platter sometimes jams when they are left for long periods. There is normally a VERY long wait before the board then comes up with a hard disk controller error. Impatience can lead us to believe the thing is never coming back......... Try substituting a hard disk you know works (or removing it altogether!)

HTH,

/\/\artyn :-)}>-===
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