I have an older PC that all of a sudden won't boot up.
It never seems to start into the windows load, just displays:
Award BootBlock Bios V1.0
copyright (c)2000, Award Software, Inc
Bios ROM checksum error
Detecting floppy drive A media
insert system disk & press Enter.
The first time it failed like this, I didn't have a boot disk, so simply
Reset (several times)---same result. Tried forced power down, then turn
same result. Then I left it on, went on to set up another PC to try to
some productive work. After several minutes, the unit started up
This happened another time, after letting the machine set off for several
Now I can't get it to boot at all.
I tried to boot from a 3 1/2 floppy, after the initial failure.
Failed with new message: AWDFlash.Exe not found.
I don't know where to go with this either.
I do not know the motherboard manufacturer. The PC was built originally
by a local
company named Computer Peripherals Unlimited Inc.
I am running MS Windows XP Home Edition.
There is a label on a mobo connector that reads as follows:
pci pnp 686
I don't know whether to suspect hard drive failure, BIOS failure, or
I came to you based on the "BIOS ROM checksum error message.
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Re: Bios failure, or what?
Hi there. Try clearing the cmos <<<<<
will see in the picture a plastic jumper (in this case coloured
green), move it to the other position and hit the on/off button, then
put it back in its original position and power up the machine again.
Hopefully the issue will have been sorted. If there is no jumper remove
the battery for an hour and make sure the power cord is removed from
the back before you clear the cmos
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When the Date and time error message comes up during booting up the computer, it means the
BIOS requires configuration. If
this occurs every time you boot up your computer after changing the
Date and Time then, this is caused by a flat BIOS battery. The BIOS battery is ususlly a 20mm dia. 3 volt lithium battery type CR2030 Replace the BIOS battery and then configure the Date and Time and you won't get this error again.
The "beeps" your motherboard is making is an error code, designed to alert you of an error in an essential system component, such as a memory failure, general motherboard failure, video card failure, etc. When a PC is started, no matter the brand, it goes through a POST (power on self test).
The types of beeps is a code, and is often system specific; changing from the manufacturer of the system BIOS, (BIOS; Basic Input Output System). If you know the bios mfg, you can get a POST error code chart for that specific manufacturer online... this will tell you what component is in question...
I do find it odd that you've changed a motherboard, without trying to change your keyboard! Seems like it would be easier to troubleshoot a keyboard issue, than swapping out a motherboard.
I don't know how fast your post code error is coming out, but if you don't know the mfg of your BIOS, it splashes it on the screen at bootup, or you can check your manufacturer's website.
you need to go into the bios of your pc.....usually pressing the delete key when you see the first logo screen after booting up....look for a section that relates to errors and what the bios is supposed to do when it encounters an error.
i.e if you see a line in the bios that says "halt on all errors" disable it and when you next boot up the bios will not stall.
mate it could be any number of problems that are messing up your system.. try booting into BIOS by tapping F2 or Del key as soon as the system starts.. if the bios aint even booting then the situation might be grim.. try booting in BIOS. Please post what happens then so as to proceed further ;-)
Sorry bud, when you flashed the BIOS it obviously did not like it..Nine long continuous beeps is ROM BIOS checksum error. Another words you need a new CMOS chip as you cannot backdate a flash BIOS. You can't boot from any disk because the boot process never even gets to the part where you can use your system. BIOS is first when you start up and if you can't get by it then nothing will work. The only advice is use this as a good learning experience and make a backup of your BIOS in the future. Good luck..don't shoot the messenger. Please rate this solution before you log out.