Had a scare last night…
Out of no where, after restarting my computer after installing some windows updates my computers performance went to shit. My heart fell into my feet and I was feeling pretty nauseated about watching my computer start up for about 8 minutes when it usually takes less than 8 seconds to get to the windows login screen. I think that the windows updates were just a coincidence, but my PC definitely was having a problem after this last restart.
I will admit right now, I hate this area of IT work, I don’t like trying to figure out why my computer just decided to commit suicide – I really just wanted to install windows updates and get to work.
Three Grueling Hours Later
- I performed a system restore, that did nothing
- I installed new video drivers, that did nothing and I want to point out that the problem was occurring even when I was looking at my UEFI settings. I could barely navigate.
- I uninstalled my SSD drivers, that did nothing
- Unplugged the PSU and drained power by holding down power button, plugged it back in, did nothing
- Restarted computer and tried to get into UEFI settings, keyboard frozen, nothing responsive – computer just blinking at me
- Finally after running out of ideas, my friend told me to do something that I wish I would have tried first – clear the CMOS.
Clearing the CMOS
|Red box in bottom right hand corner highlights where the jumper is|
|Explanation of clearing the RTC RAM (CMOS)|
Excerpt from page 2-20 of the manual
- Turn OFF the computer and unplug the power cord.
- Move the jumper cap from pins 1-2 (default) to pins 2-3. Keep the cap on pins 2-3 for about 5-10 seconds, then move the cap back to pins 1-2.
- Plug the power cord and turn ON the computer.
- Hold down the <Del> key during the boot process and enter BIOS setup to re-enter data.
- USB Hubs especially
- Any other physical devices
- I have experienced a few weird issues with a USB hub on my 3.0 ports while the computer is running. I don’t know if this is common or not.
- I have not had any issues with using just an extension cable – extension cables are okay to leave plugged in
- I have not had any issues with using devices such as a microcontroller AFTER my computer is on or plugging in my phone