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Serious BIOS prob

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dogbonz, Apr 8, 2004.

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  1. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Egads....

    Getting serious boot prob in BIOS.

    Message reads:
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    Award Boot block BIOS v 1.0
    BIOS ROM checksum error
    Detecting floppy drive A Media
    INSERT SYSTEM DISK + ENTER
    -----
    Everything was working Ok. The only change anywhere was that I set
    the BIOS protect (in CMOS) to "enable", but that was a few days ago
    and everything was fine until I installed Media Player 7.1 this afternoon.
    (I couldn't get any sounds to play with MP 6.4)

    Immediately got a message that said "caused an error in 'kernel32' and could NOT get rid of it.

    When I shut down and restarted, I got the above BIOS message.
    Thank you Bill Gates.

    Any ideas ?


    System:
    AMD 2200+
    512 Megs RAM (which has no effect on prob)
    20 Gig Disk, running win98SE
    Using on-board AC97 Sound (which wasn't working)

    Thanks for ANY help,

    -Dogbonz
    ----arf
     
  2. Mr. PC Doc

    Mr. PC Doc

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    You got the message "Thank you Bill Gates"???

    Ouch. Go to www.grisoft.com immediatly and download the free version of AVG Antivirus. Update the antivirus file, and scan your hard drive for viruses. Sounds like a very familiar virus!

    Also, download Spybot:Search and Destroy and Ad aware 6 from www.download.com and scan and delete all spyware.
     
  3. bookime wood

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    Any strange noises off your hard driver prior to this? Does it stick at that error message or does it go on to windows? Have you tried clearing cmos?


    bookime
     
  4. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    The download the anti-virus idea is good, but keep in mind it
    won't boot. It would have to be BIOS specific, and fit on a floppy - maybe.

    As to refreshing the CMOS....yep. Made no difference. Can't get
    to CMOS.

    As to "Thank You Bill Gates" ? That was my comment,
    not a message from the system. The RAM seems fine, I even removed the
    battery briefly and re-set CMOS. To no avail.

    Any other ideas ? (I was running a frequently updated AV from Norton) Found
    the "Netsky" virus a couple of days ago and killed it. All was well
    after that until today.

    -Dogbonz
     
  5. bookime wood

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    Clearing the CMOS will be a jumper on the motherboard, move it to pins 2 or 3, remove the battery for 10/30 seconds, replace it then move the jumper back to correct pins.


    Do you have a floppy to boot from
     
  6. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Hi bookime,

    I did the JP1 jumper to reset the CMOS. About three times.
    Even removed the battery and did it. I am in the process
    of downloading a boot disk from my wife's machine.

    Thanks,

    -Dogbonz
     
  7. bookime wood

    bookime wood

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    Howdy dogbonz

    The reason I asked about the hard drive making any strange noises, was because a few weeks ago I got landed with a buddys comp, all he said was it is not working.lol

    I got that

    Detecting floppy drive A Media
    INSERT SYSTEM DISK + ENTER

    It turned out the hard drive was gone
     
  8. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Hi Bookime,

    That may be it. I tried with a 98SE boot disk, and:

    It read the bootdisk as 720 KB (Should be 1.44)

    It wouldn't let me see any of the partitions OR the CD-roms.

    Can't scandisk, can't re-install Windows.

    As to the hard drive, there's been no warning signs - no noises
    and scan disk never hasdetected any bad sectors.

    I've been real happy with the drive, but I know it is getting older.

    BUT - even then, I SHOULD be able to access the BIOS at start
    up. Maybe I can try a bios update (dreadful sucking sound)...egad

    -Dogbonz
     
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