How To Reset Your Motherboard

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Resetting your motherboard is something you might need to do occasionally, typically when troubleshooting hardware-related problems. To reset your motherboard, you’ll essentially be resetting the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). The BIOS is a fundamental operating system that initializes your computer’s hardware when you power it on.

Resetting the motherboard is often necessary when a hardware component, like a graphics card, malfunctions or when newly added hardware fails to be detected or function properly. A scenario where you’ll want to reset your motherboard is when a failed OC prevents your PC from booting properly.

A motherboard reset may also be required if your motherboard appears to be malfunctioning. For instance, you might encounter a situation where the motherboard fails to progress past the Power On Self Test (POST). In this case, you’ll notice it turning on, flashing lights, and then turning off, repeating this cycle indefinitely. In addition, frequent BSOD issues can easily mess with your workflow or gaming spree.

A Few Tips To Keep In Mind

Resetting the CMOS will cause the system clock to reset. A warning message will appear indicating that the time is not set. If the time and date don’t reset to default, your CMOS clearing attempt likely failed.

Consider replacing the CMOS battery if the issues persist. Many problems can indicate a low CMOS battery. For example, if your PC unexpectedly shuts down without any apparent hardware issues, replacing the CMOS battery may help.

How To Reset Your Motherboard – BIOS Menu

This method is the least invasive and easiest to attempt before delving into more technical procedures. To start, restart your computer and identify the key you need to press to access the BIOS. Common keys include F2 and F12. 

While the computer restarts press this key repeatedly before the first logo appears. Be quick because you can miss the BIOS setup window easily, Once successful, you’ll enter the BIOS of your PC. Look for “Setup Defaults” or something around the same lines, such as “Load Default Configuration.” 

Save the settings in your BIOS and restart your PC. If your specific issues are resolved, great! If not, you’ll need to proceed with clearing the CMOS using the methods below.

Resetting Motherboard By Removing CMOS Battery

CMOS is a chip that stores user-defined BIOS settings. If you’ve made changes to your hardware or if the CMOS settings get corrupted, a reset may be necessary. Another method that works is disconnecting the CMOS battery from the motherboard. This battery allows the motherboard to retain settings like time, date, and user-defined BIOS configurations even when the computer is powered off.

The CMOS battery is a small coin cell that needs to be disconnected. Take note of the battery’s negative “-” and positive “+” terminals or the battery’s orientation when you reinstall it.

Most CMOS battery holders have a latch or locking mechanism to keep the battery in place. Use a precision screwdriver to open it gently. As you push on the latch, you might see the battery lift slightly.

Take the battery out of its holder with care. Allow a few minutes for the CMOS to drain its residual power. Don’t rush to put the battery back in. Afterward, carefully reconnect the battery, making sure it clicks into place with the latch. Pay attention to the battery’s negative “-” and positive “+” terminals.

In Summary

That covers the basics of resetting your motherboard. The easiest method is the BIOS setup method, but you can’t go wrong by popping out the CMOS battery either.  Remember, these methods can vary depending on your specific motherboard model, so consult your motherboard’s manual if needed. Good luck troubleshooting!

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