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Troubleshooting a BIOS

Yesterday evening I got a call. A good friend is having terrible problems with his brand new Athlon on a brand new mainbard. After each boot attempt the system jumps into the BIOS settings mode. So we tried all that normal stuff of unplugging all devices, resetting the BIOS, erasing the BIOS settings and so on. After all that stuff not working I told him to unplug the keyboard after setting the BIOS to halt on every error but keyboard. And then it works! The solution was a defect keyboard! Usually this is not that surprising but the keyboard was in use just until the new mainboard was installed and was completely ok. There must have been a defect of it just in the moment it was plugged into the new mainboard :-) what a funny crap!

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