Every time that I say my PC is good enough for what I do, I get a hankering for something faster, and I go looking for a better AM3 processor. Trouble is that I never find one within my budget of $12. The incumbent is an AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 965 3400mhz middle of the range type which still sells for almost $100 on eBay, so my budget is some way off reasonable for anything better.

Anyway, I was messing around in BIOS looking for any setting which would transform my PC into a growling monster of a machine, looked at settings, disabled the onboard 1394 function, honestly didn’t think that I had changed anything else, and ended up with a system which was to all intent and purpose a dead duck.

Resetting BIOS:

Yes, this is all it takes except for a couple of issues..

  1. My PC weighs a ton
  2. The pins for clearing BIOS are between PCI slot 1 and 2 which just happen to be directly underneath the Coolermaster supplied housing + fan which cools my fan free HD6450 video card.

So, removal of the side cover has to be followed by removal of the fan housing before I can get to the pins. Gigabyte don’t give pins away, so instead of the more usual three pin + jumper shunt, there are just two pins and no jumper, but I had already got a bright yellow jumper c/w a pull tag sitting on one of the pins. It is painfully easy to pick it up and get it onto both pins, and is something that all PC builders could do if the type with the tags were readily available. Unfortunately, they are not. I got mine from a broken OEM PC.


  1. adjust date
  2. adjust time
  3. set Floppy to ‘none’
  4. re-enable AHCI or it becomes a very long job
  5. reset the boot order
  6. disable onboard 1394
  7. save and exit

A note on the above:

If you own an OEM desktop PC from any of the major manufacturers, your BIOS will have been heavily customized. This is another way of saying that it has very few features and those which can be changed will NEVER bring your PC to a standstill.


The moral of the story is ‘Don’t mess’. It is very easy to get in above your head when messing with settings. While your BIOS will not be a problem to you most likely, settings inside Windows can be. If you are going to mess, do it with one item at a time, noting down and testing after each change.

Enjoy your computing. Keep it simple.. Smile