Garbage in my CMOS Hard Drive setting
Posted on 2006-10-26
Has anyone ever heard of this? I have a desktop, 2.4 GHz Intel MB, 1 Gig RAM. It has been working fine for a while.
I needed a machine with W-98 on it, so I FDISK'd the hard-drive, formatted via "format c: /s". Installed Windows 98. All fine so far.
"Suddenly" (while I was installing Soundblaster drivers from the factory CD for Audigy 2, which may-or-may-not have been coincidental) I got the dreaded Blue-screen error (I forget exactly what it said) BUT I couldn't boot after that ... turns out that in the CMOS setting, for hard drive, where it normally says something like "Maxtor 1200", it had garbage (something like "tsw$# aB2 #"). (Changing the setting back to "Maxtor 1200" has fixed everything for now ...)
Has anyone heard of randomly getting garbage in this CMOS setting? Could be a dead/dying battery on the motherboard? I am trying to get a feel if it typically is a software problem (so I can just reformat/reload W-98) OR if I should replace the hard-drive or ???