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What happens if I short the clear-cmos jumper and turn the power on?

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o770

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Joined
Apr 26, 2001
what you mean?

when you clear the cmos you are resetting all the bios settings to the default, and clearing some stuff like passwords and date entries on most of the mainboards. this wont damage the card.
 

IFMU

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Jun 21, 2001
Was the power on when you shorted the bios? Or did you reset the jumper then turn the power on?
 

fuzzba11

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Jun 24, 2001
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I've killed a board, maybe two, by doing this, although that's not the case for all boards. You're just killing the BIOS, so you can flash that if you have another motherboard.
 

Monaco

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Jul 17, 2001
Location
Denver, Colorado
It depends on the board, I think. I've killed two different Abit boards by doing that- not just scrambled-BIOS dead, they were dead for good.

My current board, a Soyo, seems to be protected against it- I've sat and hammered the ON switch a few times before I realized my mistake and flipped that CMOS CLR jumper back, and it still works fine.

Only way to know for sure is to try it!