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Want bootup says checksum bad

This is a Gateway 614GE desktop , MSI Motherboard K8MM-ILSR socket 754 AMD-Athlon 64 3400+, it worked fine for about 2 years up till about a year ago, then one day I had it on working on some data when all at once the screen went gray and started flashing garbage real fast, I turned it off waited a few minutes, turned it back on, same thing. I have done every thing I can think of including, reformatting the hard drive, reloading windows XP, inserting a new cmos battery, etc,etc, it boots-up if you play with it long enough then it goes to messing up again, HELP

When I turn it on it gets to the energy compliant screen that list all of the drives, so on & so forth, then down at the bottom theres a message that reads:
CMOS/GPNV checksum bad, what does this mean?

Then it says:
Press:
F1 to Run Setup
F2 to Load Default Values and Continue

When I press F2 it goes to MS's logo screen and just sets there.
If I press F1 it goes to reload data from so and so date.
Like I say it will finaly come up but not for long.

Is there any tests I can run?
Do I need a new Motherboard or a new CPU or both, and if so is there another or better board I can use in this machine, I would rather have Intel.

I bought another computer right after the Gateway went down, I think its still a good machine, I think it was heat that got it, no fault of the machines.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give
Fred


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  • bigmon Jan 06, 2008

    Thanks Demolitio,
    Is there a motherboard I could replace this (MSI Motherboard K8MM-ILSR socket 754 AMD-Athlon 64 3400+) with? It seems this board is hard to find.
    Thanks
    Fred

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Usually, the message you are seeing is displayed when your CMOS loses power abnormally. Even when your computer is turned off, there should always be a low-level charge from the battery, keeping track of your PC's clock, and storing information about your BIOS settings.

If the CMOS battery is dying, it will produce a weaker charge, or continuously start and stop providing power, which will trigger that message. as a result, you are losing all your BIOS settings that you are configuring each and every time, and getting that message when it happens.

It's odd that you would be getting that message when you replaced the battery, but I'd try replacing it with another one just to be sure. If it doesn't fix the problem, the motherboard may need to be replaced. In this case, the problem could lie with wireing between the casing and the chip, or even be in the chip on the circuit board itself.

You could also try flashing the motherboard, but only use that as a last resort- you could finish toasting it. Also, I can't guarantee it would fix it in the future, as all you're doing is adressing the symptoms, and forgetting about the cause.

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

  • Vernon Simkins Jan 06, 2008

    Hi Bigmon,



    To answer your second question, If the motherboard is still under warranty, you might want to check with MSI to see if you can get a replacement,

    Anyways, there seems to be quite a few ebay
    auctions for your motherboard, if you don't mind used equipment, or
    dealing with other bidders.



    however, if you want brand new, you could try going with a different
    socket 754 motherboard. all you would have to do is double-check the specs, to make sure that the motherboard you buy has the same
    features, and hardware support as the one your replacing it with, so
    you don't lose anything you may normally use.



    here are a couple listings for your motherboard type in online stores I came across that may help:




    TigerDirect.com (american site. replace .com with .ca, if you're Canadian)


    NewEgg.com

    Oh, and one more thing... when you go to replace the motherboard, make sure you back up anything important on your system first. Certain versions of windows have a tendency to scream at you when a new system board is added (the system might crash repeatedly at startup, or cause frequent errors), so you might end up having to reformat.

    also, if you do end up reformatting- make sure you are re-installing a retail/full version copy of Windows. if your PC came with "restore CDs", they might not work- some of them look for specific hardware on your system, and will refuse it if they don't like what they see.

    hope this helps!

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