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    Yes, I have a computer which locks up at bootup when the message Checking NVRAM.... comes across the screen.

     Any help on resolving this problem will greatly be appreciated.

     George
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by:swwelsh
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Try going into bios setup and restoring the default settings, if that doesnt work, try resetting the bios via the jumper on the motherboard (assuming this is a desktop)  
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Monitor? Listening T
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by:slink9
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You should probably break the system back to only video, floppy, memory and see if it boots.  If so, put one piuece back at a time until the problem repeats.  Now you have found the culprit.
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That message comes before or after the BIOS splash screen?
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NonVolatileRAM is usually used to store user settings within the monitor(message before BIOS)..failing/ed monitor. Try another monitor, see if the problem persists. T
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    The message which locks up at bootup indicating Checking NVRAM.... occurs after the BIOS tells me how many megs of RAM is on the video card.  Normally, after the message Checking NVRAM... is shown, BIOS begins counting the system memory.  

     Thanks for all of the feedback so far.  I look forward to hearing more suggestions.  And, of course, I will keep everyone posted with regards to the progress of this situation.

      George

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Can you elaborate with more information about the system. Type of monitor, video card, settings you are trying to use, etc. Are there any error beep codes given? Or one beep, then the error message? More info please...T
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by:slink9
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Have you tried anything?
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Knowing the make/model of the motehrboard would help also...you're not giving us much to go on.  Resetting the CMOS with the jumper briefly would seem a likely solution, as suggested above.  If that doesn't do it, remove AC power and the battery (small silver disk with a clip on top) and let the system sit for a few hours like that, might clear that NVRAM (though possibly not, since it is *NON*volatile)

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Hi Everyone:

     There are two options mentioned which I haven't tried yet.  Namely, resetting the BIOS of the computer to its defaults and clearing the CMOS batter.  Everything else so far has failed.

      I will provide more feedback soon.  Thanks again to everyone for their insights and suggestions.

      George

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George,

What make/model is the PC (Dell, Gateway, Compaq), or if its a custom built system, what motherboard is installed?

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Also try removing all cards except for the video and try booting, if it works then add 1 card, then restart, add another etc.  slink9 suggested this above.

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Hi Everyone:

     I enjoyed reading everyone's responses.  Unfortunately, the cause of the NVRAM lockup situation was a bad motherboard. Even though dogztar response was in the form of a question, it did lead me to the actual culprit of the problem.

     Thanks again, everyone.

     George

     
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Thanks for the C grade!

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