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What do you mean "Flash Bios"? If you have updated your BIOS and it has failed, that is it. You need to fit a new programmed BIOS chip or the mother board is toast.

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Do you happen to have either an external hard drive or usb flash drive plugged in? If so remove it and reboot, your computer is trying to boot off of it.
If no, enter BIOS and see if the computer is detecting your hard drive at all.
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I need to update my bios

Updating bios just for the sake of it is a dangerous practice. If your system is not having any problems then leave it alone. If you do have problems such as inability to recognize a larger harddrive or incompatibility with a particular newer piece of hardware such as NIC or modem etc, and the maker's website indicates a bios update is available to address the problem then you should consider the risks/benefits. If a bios flash goes wrong you can completely trash your motherboard.
If you still want to proceed with this exercise then start by downloading Everest Home Edition from Instal and run it and it will give you info on your system components including motherboard model and bios version. Once you have that info you should carefully research bios updates from the motherboard manufacturer. Flashing the bios is done using a bootfloppy that has to contain both the flash utility and new bios file. If any power failure or surge or error occurrs during the flash process, you're toast. The motherboard may or may not have a jumper that needs to be moved to "Unprotect" the bios so that you can perform the flash.
You will also be given an opportunity to save a backup of the original bios. Do so. If the new bios doesn't work properly you should be able to re-flash back to the old version.
I repeat. Unless your system has a problem that can only be resolved by a bios update then DON'T DO IT.

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Determinine Your Current BIOS Version
You can find your motherboard's BIOS version number on the POST screen. Restart your computer. As soon as you see the Biostar bootup splash screen, press TAB, this will reveal the POST screen (if you don't see the splash screen at all, it is okay. The version of BIOS you have most likely doesn't have the splash screen). Then immediately press PAUSE/BREAK key to suspend the boot process. You will see a screen similar to the one below:
post_sml.jpg In this example, the BIOS version is VIT0312F.
VIT = Model number
0312 = BIOS date
F = No splash screen
three_bluedots.gif Updating BIOS
All modern Biostar motherboards feature the Flasher technology for easy BIOS updating. If you have a legacy board, please download the Award flashing utility and follow the instructions in the README.TXT file instead. The procedure below does not apply to legacy boards.
Most motherboards' BIOS files have the BIN extension. Some do not (for instance, NCD1208.BSP, NHA0302.BF, etc). Regardless of its extension, after downloading the BIOS file is ready to use as-is. You do not need to do any kind of decompression or extraction.

Download the BIOS file (in this case, VIT0312B.BIN) then save it to a floppy disk. Restart your computer. Enter the CMOS setup by pressing at the POST or Biostar splash screen. Make sure the disk is in your floppy drive, choose "Upgrade BIOS" from the CMOS Setup main menu. The Flasher utility will automatically detect and highlight the BIOS file (in this example, VIT0312B.BIN) on the next screen.


Make sure the BIOS file (in this case VIT0312B.BIN) is highlighted and press Enter. Answer Y when prompted "Are you sure to flash?". After the flashing is done, reset the computer and enter CMOS setup again. This time choose "Load Optimized Defaults" from the main menu. Finally, hit F10 to save and exit.

BIOS update is complete.

three_bluedots.gif Legacy Motherboards
If you have a legacy motherboard which does not support the Flasher technology, please download the Award BIOS flashing utility and follow the instructions in the README.TXT file.

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I have acer aspire 3000. My screen goes blank with flashing hyphen in left upper corner after bios screen. I cannot reboot because it goes to blank screen.

It means that the HDD is not getting detected on the computer.
Try resetting BIOS.
If that doesnt help, check whether your HDD is bad.

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Your PC is trying to boot from your external hard/flash drive.

You have to change the boot order in the bios. While booting what the screen, you'll see a message "Select F2 for boot or DEL/F10 for setup"

Go for the setup option, this will take you into the bios. Read the instructions carefully, you need to change to boot order, choose CD for 1, HDD0 for 2 anything you like for third. Press F10 to save and exit. Your
PC should now boot properly.

Or, as its just a flash drive, don't plug it in until your PC has booted.

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Its better to show it to technician bcz it seems the motherboard inside lost bios flash and its unable to detect old settings so that everytime it reboots checks bios and then reboots again to flash it. Better show it to a local technician. One other way is to try booting it in safe mode and then check if it works.

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My computer can not boot -BIOS ROM checksum error

to be honest if you have tried to re-flash your bios, and it did not work you still either have hte wrong version or the disc drive your using to flash it from is faulty. try another floppy drive/disc and try again. if that dont work. to be honest it's not worth getting it repaired just go out and spend £30-40 on a new mobo. sorry i'm not more helpfull but i dont believe it's worth spending that much time and effort on an old system like that with this kind of problem. good luck to you. let me know how you get on ok.

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