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Bios failure, or what?

Subject: PC won't boot (BIOS error?

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
tried
Reset (several times)---same result. Tried forced power down, then turn
on again,
same result. Then I left it on, went on to set up another PC to try to
do
some productive work. After several minutes, the unit started up
voluntarily.

This happened another time, after letting the machine set off for several
days.

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:

AWARD 1998
pci pnp 686
265067673

I don't know whether to suspect hard drive failure, BIOS failure, or
what.

I came to you based on the "BIOS ROM checksum error message.

Any Ideas?
Thanks in advance, Bill Linhardt

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Hi there.
Try clearing the cmos
Bios failure, or what? - d015d7b.jpg<<<<< you 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

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya!!

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Here's a website where you can download AWDFLASH.EXE to flash the BIOS...that should take care the boot problem.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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