Solved: Question about Phoenix Award BIOS POST code

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I'm helping someone with a machine that's not booting. It has a Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00PC with an ECS RS-480-M motherboard.

For some reason, when the system is booted it gets past the POST and displays a "Code:E5, line 746" message and stops.

I've looked up the "E5" code, as best as I can, and it seems to mean "Check force recovery boot" (scroll to near the bottom of the page)

That's cool but my question is, what does "Check force recovery boot" actually mean and what action is needed to deal with it?

The system can't boot from the hard drive but CAN boot from a Linux liveCD I tested with. The hard drive is a SATA hard drive, maybe 180-200GB in size, and I connected it to another computer (Windows XP system) and ran a chkdsk on the drive and it found some corrupted files and 8kb in bad sectors.

I'm thinking the "Code:E5" message is relating to the hard drive, which I think is suspect, but I would like to know what the "Check force recovery boot" message actually means.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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No to sure but at a guess....it cannot find a Operating System and cannot find a recovery partition
 

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Ok, I found out the "E5" error is trying to report a problem with the MBR on the boot drive. I put the hard drive in another system and got the same "E5" error code. So, I used the "MBR Utility" to install a new MBR and now I can boot into Windows XP. :)

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