BIOS Troubleshooting

Below is a collection of general asked questions. To check general asked questions based on a spesific motherboard model, please log on to

Question 1: I cannot see some options that were included in previous BIOS after updating BIOS. Why?

Answer: Some advanced option are hidden in new BIOS version. Please press Ctrl and F1 keys after entering BIOS menu and you will be able to see these options.

Question 2: Why is the light of my keyboard/optical mouse still on after computer shuts down?
Answer: in some boards, a small amount of electricity is kept on standby after computer shuts down and that's why the light is still on.

Question 3: How do I clear CMOS?

Answer: If your board has a Clear CMOS jumper, please refer to the Clear CMOS steps in the manual. If yor board doesn't have such jumper, you can take off the on-board battery to leak voltage to clear CMOS. Please refer to the steps below:

Step 1, Turn off power.

Step 2, Disconnect the power cord from MB.

Step 3, Take out the battery gently and put it aside for about 1 minute (Or you can a metal object to connect the positive and negative pins in the battery holder to makethem short for

5 seconds).

Step 4, Re-insert the battery to the battery holder.

Step 5, Connect the power cord to MB again and turn on power.

Step 6, Press Del to enter BIOS and load Fail-Safe Default (or load Optimized Defauts)

Step 7, Save changes and reboot the system.

Question 4: Why do I still get a weak sound after turning up the speaker to the maximum volume?

Answer: Please make sure the speaker you are using is equipped with internal amplifier. If not, please change another speaker with power/amplifier and try again later.

Question 5: Sometimes I hear different continous beeps from computer after system boots up. What do these beeps usually stand for?

Answer: The beep codes below help you identify the possible computer problems. However, they are only for reference purposes. The situations might differ from case to case.

AWARD BIOS Beep Codes:

1 short: System boots succesfully

2 short: CMOS setting error

1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error

1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card error

1 long 3 short: Keyboard error

1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error

continous long beeps: DRAM error

continous short beeps: Power error

Source: GA-945P-S3 User's Manual

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