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February 23, 2007, 9:55 pm
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I have a Dell Inspiron 3500 C366GT Bios A14.
If I enter the BIOS and enable cpu throttling,
the system will never boot again.
Cannot enter the Bios to fix it either.
Locks up midway through self-test.
I've seen several reports of similar problems, but no
solutions. On my system, this problem is not a fluke;
it's absolutely repeatable. Dell was repeatably unhelpful.
I found it "curious" that the BIOS would let you set itself
to a mode that was unrecoverable. Dell's response was,
"replace the motherboard...sorry for the inconvenience."
INCONVENIENCE MY A$$!!!!!!
Pardon me while I let the smoke pouring out of my ears subside...
What I did was to cut the trace to the CMOS battery on
the top side of the board With an Xacto Knife then bridge
it back with solder. Can be done through the keyboard hole
without further disassembly.
Maybe this can help others.