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zathras2

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 7:53 am

Okay, now I'm getting this odd message upon turning my computer on:




Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000. Award Software, Inc.


BIOS ROM checksum error


Detecting floppy drive A media
INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER




What's going on? I don't even have a floppy drive, so why does it think I have one?

I can't go into BIOS settings or ALT+CTRL+DEL or anything, I'm just stuck at that screen.

This is an IWill KK-266-R with I believe the latest BIOS revision (I'm pretty sure it was, can't check now)



The thing is I had this once before, but I just removed all DVDs and CDs from my DVD and CDRW drive and then it booted fine, although it forgot it's previous BIOS settings (no matter, I just set them again). But for some reason this time it just won't go away, even after I removed all discs and unplugged all extra devices, etc.

[This message was edited by zathras2 on July 23, 2003 at 04:02.]

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:13 am

Your bios is corrupted. You need to flash the bios again, using a boot floppy, as the bootblock bios does not have support for CDROM/Hard drives.

It should just be a bare minimum bootable floppy (win9x) and have the award bios flashing utility plus the current/latest bios for your board. Be aware that trying to type more than 25 characters or so in the command line isn't going to work, so it should just look like the following (where awdflash is the name of the flashing utility minus the .exe or .com and the mybios.bin is the filename of your bios file)

awdflash mybios.bin


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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:27 am

So I'm going to need a floppy drive?

Damn.



Also, anyone know where to download BIOS flashes for this BIOS? All the links on Iwill's site are dead...

http://support.iwill.net/download.asp?path=bios&file=kkr1022.exe

http://support.iwill.net/toupdate.asp?path=bios&file=kkr1022.exe

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:37 am

Try the Taiwanese site. That always seems to do the trick for Taiwanese companies.


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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:54 am


quote:
Originally posted by Danger Mouse:
Try the Taiwanese site. That always seems to do the trick for Taiwanese companies.



I can't read anything -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif --

Hmmmmm... ok I think I found it, thanks!

http://www.iwill.com.tw/products/ProductDetail.asp?vID=39

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:35 am

I haven't even gotten around to flashing it yet and now I'm not even getting any video -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif --

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 10:04 am

Okay, video is back. Never mind.

I'm going to be ripping the floppy out of another old PC. Oh well.

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 10:45 am

Woulnt the BIOS reseting procedure cure that?
These new BIOS chips oftenly have failback to original
BIOS image feature( or something like that)

zathras2

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 11:15 am

Okay, I have a bootable floppy in a working floppy drive connected to the system, dammit!

NOW RECOGNIZE IT AWARD!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Olawy:
Woulnt the BIOS reseting procedure cure that?
These new BIOS chips oftenly have failback to original
BIOS image feature( or something like that)



I'll look for that. Would it be the "Clear CMOS" jumper?

zathras2

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 11:34 am

Nope, using the "Clear CMOS" jumper does not fix it.

DAMMIT

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:22 pm

Fuck. Now no video again. WHY?!!

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:25 pm

Take the battery out for like 10 minutes, then put it back in. That will usually clear the BIOS settings.

Hopw that helps, good luck.

kwikit

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:07 pm

Nope, that didn't do it.

Still not getting video! -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/OpenTopic/ws/images/scared.gif --

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:22 pm

I just had the same issue on a Abit BM6 board of mine. Clearing the CMOS fixed the issue for me. I was intent on re-flashing the BIOS, but it seems I don't have to. -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif --
I suppose it's one of those YMMVs?

zathras2

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:24 pm

Video back...



Still getting the same error.

Damn you, I can't flash the BIOS if you won't even recognize a floppy drive you fool!!!

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:35 pm

Video seems to be really off-and-on. Most of the time everything will turn on - fans, lights, etc. - but no video signal ever gets sent to my monitor.

Then when it does work, BIOS ROM Checksum Error time...

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 3:13 pm


quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
Video seems to be really off-and-on. Most of the time everything will turn on - fans, lights, etc. - but no video signal ever gets sent to my monitor.

Then when it does work, BIOS ROM Checksum Error time...

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If this persists, your only hope then is to do a hotflash on another board, or to go with www.badflash.com


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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 4:05 pm

Your local friendly computershoppe-repaire establishment should
also have a BIOS chip programmator.One can allways ask those nice
folks to help out, no?

zathras2

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:36 pm

I'll be sure to ask.

Meanwhile you're both saying that something happened to duplicate a bad flash even though I never flashed my board in the first place? I'm wondering how that can happen...

Also, how would I do a hotflash using another board?

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quote:
how would I do a hotflash using another board?
Just google for "hotswapping BIOS chip" or I "think" BadFlash.comhas a link to instructions. I "know" you can order new BIOS chips from them.

It's not for the timid though, it involves removing and replacing the BIOS chip while the "donor" machine is running.

Edit: Hotswap instructions linkage

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 1:49 am

Okay, after reading enough of the BadFlash site:

http://www.badflash.com/faq.html

I came across this bit:

quote:
If your floppy drive seeks on power up and then stops after a short period of time, you may have a chance to recover. The following information was obtained from Wim's Bios http://www.wimsbios.com/ FAQ's. Corrections on AWARD Bios by Terry McGuire.

Award: The boot-block BIOS will execute an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on a bootable diskette. Copy an Award flasher & the correct BIOS *.bin file on the floppy and execute it automatically by putting AWDFLASH *.bin /sn /py /cc /r in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The * would be the correct bios .bin file and there must be spaces between the slash marks. Put it in the floppy and turn on the computer when the floppy seeks it will load the correct bios and reboot by itself. When it finishes you have to remove the floppy and enter the cmos SETUP and modify the CMOS for your configuration.

Which informed me of the necessity of using an autoexec.bat file. Finally! Now that worked, and it was able to run the flash writing utility!

However, when running the utility, the writing status as represented by little blocks seems to go wrong. Most of the BIOS apparently has "write failed" represented by red blocks, and only a bit less than half apparently wrote ok (represented by white blocks)... and now it's stuck on the writing screen, telling me not to restart my computer or anything still.

Does this shed any light on what could be wrong?



quote:
Originally posted by crashcourse:
quote:
how would I do a hotflash using another board?
Just google for "hotswapping BIOS chip" or I "think" http://www.badflash.com/address.html has a link to instructions. I "know" you can order new BIOS chips from them.

It's not for the timid though, it involves removing and replacing the BIOS chip while the "donor" machine is running.

Edit: Hotswap instructions http://www.geocities.com/hackedmobo/hotswap/hshow.htm#hotswap

That looks difficult. Unfortunately I don't have another computer board which could take the same BIOS chip in it...

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I suppose I should emphasize that I am scared, since it tells me not to turn off or restart the system... yet there doesn't seem to be any other way to proceed, as it's not doing anything.

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 3:10 am

Please?

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quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
I suppose I should emphasize that I am scared, since it tells me not to turn off or restart the system... yet there doesn't seem to be any other way to proceed, as it's not doing anything.

What happens if I do? -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/OpenTopic/ws/images/scared.gif --




Your computer will probably not boot again. It might, but it'll be 50/50. It sounds like you've got a bad bios chip.

I would try reflashing using the same boot floppy.

It might work.

At this point, you might as well restart the computer and try again. After that, it's time to hit up the guys at badflash.com for a replacement bios chip, IMO.


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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 4:47 am

Ok, I'm trying that with a different floppy. It seemed to stop liking the original floppy for some reason.

Is there a possibility the bad writing is the result of the wrong bios image? I know there were a couple versions of this board but there is only one available to download on their site:

http://www.iwill.com.tw/supports/BIOS.asp?vID=32&SID=32&MID=26&Value=39

Which is odd...

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 5:04 am

Ah, now it's hating my floppies! Doesn't like them! Even with the Autoexec.bat!

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 7:58 am

I saw this same problem with the Award bootblock on one of my friend's boxes (Epox 8K7A). The BIOS got fuxored, and he got the same screen as you did. We tried 8-9 different floppy disks before we found one that worked, and some of them were new. Also, yeah I would try some older BIOS images for that board if you can find them.

Good luck.

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 6:09 pm

Thanks for the advice. I've tried a bunch of floppies so far, unfortunately, it doesn't seem to like any.

I wish it was something as simple as getting the autoexec.bat wrong, but I've checked that.

Finding an old BIOS image isn't going to help me at this rate if I can't get it to like a floppy for flashing...

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Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 3:38 am

Here's a link for BIOS's from 2.27 through 5.15

http://www.amdmb.com/files.php

To bypass the BIOS error, try pressing the Insert Key down while powering on the system, then pressing The Delete Key to access the BIOS. That might be an access sequence.

Any audible beep codes, btw?

If possible, see if you can find a replacement battery for that board and plop that in, then try flashing the BIOS.

That's all I got.

kwikit

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Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 7:56 am

Holding down INSert does nothing.

I've replaced the battery, but now it's throwing a NO VIDEO FOR YOU fit, so I think I'll let it sit for a while.

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Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 5:39 am

Okay, now it's just not wanting to give video no matter what.

Fuck this.



So, if I buy the same motherboard, I won't have to reinstall Windows, right?

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Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 6:32 am

quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
Okay, now it's just not wanting to give video no matter what.

Fuck this.



So, if I buy the same motherboard, I won't have to reinstall Windows, right?


I'll reiterate, don't buy a new motherboard. Try buying a new bios chip from the guys at badflash.com. Talk to them. Find out what they can do for you. It's like $20 or something like that.


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Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 7:20 am

quote:
Originally posted by Danger Mouse:
quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
Okay, now it's just not wanting to give video no matter what.

Fuck this.



So, if I buy the same motherboard, I won't have to reinstall Windows, right?


I'll reiterate, don't buy a new motherboard. Try buying a new bios chip from the guys at badflash.com. Talk to them. Find out what they can do for you. It's like $20 or something like that.


-Danger Mouse

Eh, so is a new motherboard. I'm just tired of this thing. I mean, what if it's not just the BIOS wrt the video problem?

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Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2003 7:41 am

A new motherboard is $20????

Video display failing is a common symptom of bios corruption, unless you've got a Matrox video card, in which case it's the Matrox video bios that got corrupted.

Go read the FAQ at www.badflash.com

If you want to blow the cash on a new board, you should go ahead and do so, but it seems to me that spending $20 that could fix your issue (unable to flash bios/fix bios) would make sense.

-unless of course this board is under warranty, in which case you should've hit up the manufacturer at the start of this trouble.


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quote:
Originally posted by Danger Mouse:
A new motherboard is $20????

Well, sometimes less. But more like $30 with shipping. Not that you find Iwill KK-266-Rs new these days. Which is the same as a BIOS with shipping.


quote:
Video display failing is a common symptom of bios corruption, unless you've got a Matrox video card, in which case it's the Matrox video bios that got corrupted.

Go read the FAQ at http://www.badflash.com

If you want to blow the cash on a new board, you should go ahead and do so, but it seems to me that spending $20 that could fix your issue (unable to flash bios/fix bios) would make sense.

Yeah, I know it should be just the BIOS, but just in case, cost being more or less equal (have to factor in the chip puller as well) and all that.


quote:
-unless of course this board is under warranty, in which case you should've hit up the manufacturer at the start of this trouble.

No, this is waaaay too old. Before the days of DDR and all that.

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But still one can go with faulty mobo in hand to the kind folks
at your neighborhood friendly computerrepaireshoppe and ask them
to reflash the BIOS or replace the BIOS chip.
If they mess it up , you can blame them instead of yourself...
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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 10:02 am


quote:
Originally posted by Olawy:
But still one can go with faulty mobo in hand to the kind folks
at your neighborhood friendly computerrepaireshoppe and ask them
to reflash the BIOS or replace the BIOS chip.
If they mess it up , you can blame them instead of yourself...
better for saving ego IMHO.... -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif --



They don't replace BIOSes and asking them to fix it would cost more than a new mobo anyway.

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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:02 pm

Try with the floppy inserted again, but with the video card removed. I recently had a similar problem with my A7N8X Deluxe (it would work fine, but refused to flash to a new bios version), and as it turns out there was just enough of the bios left to automatically perform an emergency flash, but ONLY with the video card removed. IIRC, you don't need an autoexec.bat file, but you do have to have a very specific file name for the .bin file.

Also FYI, you don't need exactly the same board to successfully hotflash the chip (which I also had to do, for another A7N8X Deluxe that had a bad flash). As long as the bios chip is the same type and size (1/2MB, etc.) it might work.

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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 5:07 pm

I had the same exact error with an ECS board.

nothing worked. even tried Uniflash. finally RMA'ed the board. it turned out to be a corrupt BIOS chip which got corrupted during a proper flash (i.e. i followed flash instruction to the dot)

Zathraster....interesting about the no video card method. That's 1 thing I didn't try, even with the autoexec.bat method of flashing. what's the rationality with taking out the vid-card?

*and yes, BootBlock holds just enough space on BIOS to perform a flash. however, doesn't necessarily mean the BIOS can stil be flashed, like in cases where the BIOS is 'really' corrupted.

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Posted: Mon Aug 04, 2003 10:38 am

Well, I don't have my replacement board yet because apparently USPS delivery confirmation isn't, and 3-day express mail, well, isn't.

However, I have encountered a new problem. The old Dell PII I took the spare battery out of (before I bought a new CR2032) won't turn on either now. All I did was take the battery out for a few days only to replace it later. Any ideas what it could be?



quote:
Originally posted by Zathrasater:
Try with the floppy inserted again, but with the video card removed. I recently had a similar problem with my A7N8X Deluxe (it would work fine, but refused to flash to a new bios version), and as it turns out there was just enough of the bios left to automatically perform an emergency flash, but ONLY with the video card removed. IIRC, you don't need an autoexec.bat file, but you do have to have a very specific file name for the .bin file.

Well, that's not helping with it not turning on at all.

Not that it matters anymore, really.

General discussion

  • by eddie460 · about 18 years, 7 months ago

    I am experiencing a sever problem in booting my machine. I have a 1.80 GHz Pent.4, 512 Ram, 8K Pri. Cach3, 256K secondary Cache, 60Gb HD, CD-Rom, CD-RW Rom and a 3.5Floppy.
    Half of the time on start-up I get no further than the negative screen comes alive and this appears:
    Award BootBlock Bios v1.0
    Copyright (c) 1995, Award Software, Inc.

    BIOS ROM checksum error

    Detecting floppy drive A media…
    INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

    If I insert only the first (1 of 6) XP-SP1 Set Up Boot Disks I can turn off the machine as soon as it request the second disk and it will boot normally. The other half of the time the machine will boot when first turned on. There are no beep tone errors on start-up.
    I have reformatted my HD and reloaded XP-Pro and have tried adjusting the boot device sequence in the Bio all with no results. New battery has been installed. All with no effect on the problem. It will boot normally if I turn off the machine and turn it back on immediately. If I allow it to sit for a while (cool down??) it will not boot. I am at the end of my limited knowledge, my wits and patients. Any and all suggestions will be most appreciated.
    Thanks, Ed ([email protected].net)

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    • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

      by hawgfan · about 18 years, 7 months ago

      In reply to Bios Checksum error

      You might test your RAM. Simmtester.com has an excellent program you can download called Doc Memory. If this shows your RAM to be good, I would suspect your mobo.

    • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

      by mrafrohead · about 18 years, 7 months ago

      In reply to Bios Checksum error

      You’re going to want to download a new BIOS file and reflash your BIOS. Make certain that you are flashing with the right BIOS file.

      First, disconnect the power cable to your PS, then switch the jumper on the mobo to clear the bios. Wait about five or ten seconds then put everything back together again and reflash your bios. After flashing, shut down and clear the bios one more time. After that, you can set your bios back up how you wanted it and you should be good to go.

    • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

      by wlbowers · about 18 years, 7 months ago

      In reply to Bios Checksum error

      Replace the motherboard battery before you flash the bios.

      Lee

      • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        by wlbowers · about 18 years, 7 months ago

        In reply to Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        Just fixed one with this problem. New battery and flash the bios to current.

        Lee

      • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        by wlbowers · about 18 years, 5 months ago

        In reply to Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        Just had another system with this problem. Wound up changing the motherboard.

        Good Luck Lee

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elixir

15-03-2006, 04:49 PM

When I boot-up my Compaq Tower Desktop (SBW), the error is as follows:

Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
BIOS ROM checksum error
detecting floppy drive a media...
insert system disk and press enter

I've tried clearing the cmos, and pulling the battery... No Go.

Can anybody help me on this? Tnx...


Speedy Gonzales

15-03-2006, 04:52 PM

Did you take the floppy out of the disk drive??

And go back into the BIOS and set it to the default settings, and reconfigure the settings in the BIOS.

And change the bootdisk in the BIOS to the hard drive. Then save the settings in the BIOS.


elixir

15-03-2006, 05:30 PM

Hi Speedy,

I can not enter the BIOS/CMOS setup. When I search in the google they say that the BIOS file on the chip is corrupted and I need to reflash, but I don't know exactly what to do. Please help....


Terry Porritt

15-03-2006, 05:44 PM

Quote the exact model number of your Compaq, and we'll see if there is a bios flash file on the Compaq site, alternatively you can search here:

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/


elixir

15-03-2006, 06:02 PM

Hi Terry,
Compaq Tower Desktop (P4 1.5GHz, 128MB RAM, 32MB TNT2 VGA)
This is the marking on top of the unit near the serial number:
SBW16/128/20/1.5
When I open the casing the board is:
ABIT BL30G


elixir

15-03-2006, 06:03 PM

Hi Terry,
Compaq Tower Desktop (P4 1.5GHz, 128MB RAM, 32MB TNT2 VGA)
This is the marking on top of the unit near the serial number:
SBW16/128/20/1.5
When I open the casing the board is:
ABIT BL30G

Also, it is frustrating that HP site does not display any Model of this unit compaq SBW. Tnx for your help...


Speedy Gonzales

15-03-2006, 06:27 PM

Somehow, I dont think this is an HP based motherboard. Its an ABIT.

ABIT BL30G is the brand/model.


Terry Porritt

15-03-2006, 07:03 PM

I can't find anything either, but this their bios update info page (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?product=92509&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&dest_page=product&docname=c00007682)

It looks like you have to get the model name like Presario to get properly into the downloads search.

There was a very similar query on Press F1 in 2004, but there was no reported resolution.


elixir

16-03-2006, 01:01 PM

Hi,

This is the label on top of the BIOS chip:

Filename: B30GC_59.BIN
Checksum: 0357
Date: 12/3/2001

Could you please help find where to download this BIN file?
TNx....


drcspy

16-03-2006, 01:26 PM

have you tried REPLACING the battery with a new on ?


Speedy Gonzales

16-03-2006, 01:31 PM

If its a Compaq, it must have something like Compaq Presario, or Compaq Evo or similar written on the case somewhere.

Maybe on a sticker, on the front or back of the case.

The only thing, I can find that has BL30G on it is a BIOS update called b30gc6j.exe on the Abit ftp site.


Graham L

16-03-2006, 01:35 PM

I thought of that too; it's worth a try. But the message says "BIOS ROM checksum error". A dead battery can cause the "CMOS" memory checksum to be wrong if the contents are lost, but the ROM contents should never change.

Does the computer boot and run, despite the error? If so, do a memory test. There's a remote chance that the checksum calculation in the POST uses RAM.


elixir

16-03-2006, 02:21 PM

Yes, I have already tried twice.


elixir

16-03-2006, 02:54 PM

Hi!

The unit just stuck up on the said message, and can only boot on A: I can not access the BIOS/CMOS Setup. I have also tried replacing the battery with a new one.

When I downloaded the file b30gc6j.exe and extracted it, the BIN File is B30GC_6j.BIN.
The BIN File labeled on my BIOS Chip is B30GC_59.BIN. Can I use B30GC_6j.BIN in flashing the chip?
Thanx!


gatsiskostas24

23-08-2006, 02:23 AM

:lol:
When I boot-up my Compaq Tower Desktop (SBW), the error is as follows:

Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
BIOS ROM checksum error
detecting floppy drive a media...
insert system disk and press enter

I've tried clearing the cmos, and pulling the battery... No Go.

Can anybody help me on this? Tnx...


gatsiskostas24

23-08-2006, 02:26 AM

hello and please :D


drcspy

23-08-2006, 05:55 AM

bad bios chip or motherboard problem.......end result is that it's uneconomical to replace the bios chip, if you even CAN, and so it's better to simply replace the motherboard...


haseeb

28-03-2007, 02:54 AM

Hi Speedy,

I can not enter the BIOS/CMOS setup. When I search in the google they say that the BIOS file on the chip is corrupted and I need to reflash, but I don't know exactly what to do. Please help....
where i can download bios file name: b30gc_59.bin


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elixir

15-03-2006, 04:49 PM

When I boot-up my Compaq Tower Desktop (SBW), the error is as follows:

Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
BIOS ROM checksum error
detecting floppy drive a media.
insert system disk and press enter

I've tried clearing the cmos, and pulling the battery. No Go, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0.

Can anybody help me on this? Tnx.


Speedy Gonzales

15-03-2006, 04:52 PM

Did you take the floppy out of the disk drive??

And go back into the BIOS and set it to the default settings, and reconfigure the settings in the BIOS.

And change the bootdisk in the BIOS to the hard drive, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0. Then save the settings in the BIOS.


elixir

15-03-2006, 05:30 PM

Hi Speedy,

I can not enter the BIOS/CMOS setup. When I search in the google they say that the BIOS file on the chip is corrupted and I need to reflash, but I don't know exactly what to do. Please help.


Terry Porritt

15-03-2006, 05:44 PM

Quote the exact model number of your Compaq, and we'll see if there is a bios flash file on the Compaq site, alternatively you can search here:

http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/


elixir

15-03-2006, 06:02 PM

Hi Terry,
Compaq Tower Desktop (P4 1.5GHz, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, 128MB RAM, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, 32MB TNT2 VGA)
This is the marking on top of the unit near the serial number:
SBW16/128/20/1.5
When I open the casing the board is:
ABIT BL30G


elixir

15-03-2006, 06:03 PM

Hi Terry,
Compaq Tower Desktop (P4 1.5GHz, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, 128MB RAM, 32MB TNT2 VGA)
This is the marking on top of the unit near the serial number:
SBW16/128/20/1.5
When I open the casing the board is:
ABIT BL30G

Also, it is frustrating that HP site does not display any Model of this unit compaq SBW. Tnx for your help.


Speedy Gonzales

15-03-2006, 06:27 PM

Somehow, I dont think this is an HP based motherboard. Its an ABIT.

ABIT BL30G is the brand/model.


Terry Porritt

15-03-2006, 07:03 PM

I can't find anything either, but this their bios update info page (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?product=92509&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&dest_page=product&docname=c00007682)

It looks like you have to get the model name like Presario to get properly into the downloads search.

There was a very similar query on Press F1 in 2004, but there was no reported resolution.


elixir

16-03-2006, 01:01 PM

Hi,

This is the label on top of the BIOS chip:

Filename: B30GC_59.BIN
Checksum: 0357
Date: 12/3/2001

Could you please help find where to download this BIN file?
TNx.


drcspy

16-03-2006, 01:26 PM

have you tried REPLACING the battery with a new on ?


Speedy Gonzales

16-03-2006, 01:31 PM

If its a Compaq, it must have something like Compaq Presario, or Compaq Evo or similar written on the case somewhere.

Maybe on a sticker, on the front or back of the case.

The only thing, I can find that has BL30G on it is a BIOS update called b30gc6j.exe on the Abit ftp site.


Graham L

16-03-2006, 01:35 PM

I thought of that too; it's worth a try. But the message says "BIOS ROM checksum error". A dead battery can cause the "CMOS" memory checksum to be wrong if the contents are lost, but the ROM contents should never change.

Does the computer boot and run, despite the error? If so, do a memory test. There's a remote chance that the checksum calculation in the POST uses RAM.


elixir

16-03-2006, 02:21 PM

Yes, I have already tried twice.


elixir

16-03-2006, 02:54 PM

Hi!

The unit just stuck up on the said message, and can only boot on A: I can not access the BIOS/CMOS Setup. I have also tried replacing the battery with a new one.

When I downloaded the file b30gc6j.exe and extracted it, the BIN File is B30GC_6j.BIN.
The BIN File labeled on my BIOS Chip is B30GC_59.BIN. Can I use B30GC_6j.BIN in flashing the chip?
Thanx!


gatsiskostas24

23-08-2006, 02:23 AM

:lol:
When I boot-up my Compaq Tower Desktop (SBW), the error is as follows:

Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
BIOS ROM checksum error
detecting floppy drive a media.
insert system disk and press enter

I've tried clearing the cmos, and pulling the battery. No Go.

Can anybody help me on this? Tnx.


gatsiskostas24

23-08-2006, 02:26 AM

hello and please :D


drcspy

23-08-2006, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, 05:55 AM

bad bios chip or motherboard problem.end result is that it's uneconomical to replace the bios chip, if you even CAN, and so it's better to simply replace the motherboard.


haseeb

28-03-2007, 02:54 AM

Hi Speedy,

I can not enter the BIOS/CMOS setup. When I search in the google they say that the BIOS file on the chip is corrupted and I need to reflash, but I don't know exactly what to do, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0. Please help.
where i can download bios file name: b30gc_59.bin


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Okay, now I'm getting this odd message upon turning my computer on:




Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2000. Award Software, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, Inc.


BIOS ROM checksum error


Detecting floppy drive A media
INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER




What's going on? I don't even have a floppy drive, so why does it think I have one?

I can't go into BIOS settings or ALT+CTRL+DEL or anything, I'm just stuck at that screen.

This is an IWill KK-266-R with I believe the latest BIOS revision (I'm pretty sure it was, can't check now)



The thing is I had this once before, but I just removed all DVDs and CDs from my DVD and CDRW drive and then it booted fine, although it forgot it's previous BIOS settings (no matter, I just set them again). But for some reason this time it just won't go away, even after I removed all discs and unplugged all extra devices, etc.

[This message was edited by zathras2 on July 23, 2003 at 04:02.]

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Your bios is corrupted. You need to flash the bios again, using a boot floppy, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, as the bootblock bios does not have support for CDROM/Hard drives.

It should just be a bare minimum bootable floppy (win9x) and have the award bios flashing utility plus the current/latest bios for your board. Be aware that trying to type more than 25 characters or so in the command line isn't going to work, so it should just look like the following (where awdflash is the name of the flashing utility minus the .exe or .com and the mybios.bin is the filename of your bios file)

awdflash mybios.bin


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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:27 am

So I'm going to need a floppy drive?

Damn.



Also, anyone know where to download BIOS flashes for this BIOS? All the links on Iwill's site are dead.

http://support.iwill.net/download.asp?path=bios&file=kkr1022.exe

http://support.iwill.net/toupdate.asp?path=bios&file=kkr1022.exe

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 8:37 am

Try the Taiwanese site. That always seems to do the trick for Taiwanese companies.


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quote:
Originally posted by Danger Mouse:
Try the Taiwanese site. That always seems to do the trick for Taiwanese companies.



I can't read anything -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif --

Hmmmmm. ok I think I found it, thanks!

http://www.iwill.com.tw/products/ProductDetail.asp?vID=39

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I haven't even gotten around to flashing it yet and now I'm not even getting any video -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif --

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 10:04 am

Okay, video is back. Never mind.

I'm going to be ripping the floppy out of another old PC. Oh well.

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 10:45 am

Woulnt the BIOS reseting procedure cure that?
These new BIOS chips oftenly have failback to original
BIOS image feature( or something like that)

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Okay, I bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 a bootable floppy in a working floppy drive connected to the system, dammit!

NOW RECOGNIZE IT AWARD!!!

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quote:
Originally posted by Olawy:
Woulnt the BIOS reseting procedure cure that?
These new BIOS chips oftenly have failback to original
BIOS image feature( or something like that)



I'll look for that. Would it be the "Clear CMOS" jumper?

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 11:34 am

Nope, using the "Clear CMOS" jumper does not fix it.

DAMMIT

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:22 pm

Fuck. Now no video again. WHY?!!

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:25 pm

Take the battery out for like 10 minutes, then put it back in. That will usually clear the BIOS settings.

Hopw that helps, good luck.

kwikit

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Nope, that didn't do it.

Still not getting video! -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/OpenTopic/ws/images/scared.gif --

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I just had the same issue on a Abit BM6 board of mine. Clearing the CMOS fixed the issue for me. I was intent on re-flashing the BIOS, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, but it seems I don't have to. -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif --
I suppose it's one of those YMMVs?

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:24 pm

Video back.



Still getting the same error.

Damn you, I can't flash the BIOS if you won't even recognize a floppy drive you fool!!!

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 2:35 pm

Video seems to be really off-and-on. Most of the time everything will turn on - fans, lights, etc. - but no video signal ever gets sent to my monitor.

Then when it does work, BIOS ROM Checksum Error time.

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quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
Video seems to be really off-and-on. Most of the time everything will turn on - fans, lights, etc, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0. - but no video signal ever gets sent to my monitor.

Then when it does work, BIOS ROM Checksum Error time.

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If this persists, your only hope then is to do a hotflash on another board, or to go with www.badflash.com


-Danger Mouse

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 4:05 pm

Your local friendly computershoppe-repaire establishment should
also have a BIOS chip programmator.One can allways ask those nice
folks to help out, no?

zathras2

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:36 pm

I'll be sure to ask.

Meanwhile you're both saying that something happened to duplicate a bad flash even though I never flashed my board in the first place? I'm wondering how that can happen.

Also, how would I do a hotflash using another board?

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quote:
how would I do a hotflash using another board?
Just google for "hotswapping BIOS chip" or I "think" BadFlash.comhas a link to instructions. I "know" you can order new BIOS chips from them.

It's not for the timid though, it involves removing and replacing the BIOS chip while the "donor" machine is running.

Edit: Hotswap instructions linkage

zathras2

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 1:49 am

Okay, after reading enough of the BadFlash site:

http://www.badflash.com/faq.html

I came across this bit:

quote:
If your floppy drive seeks on power up and then stops after a short period of time, you may have a chance to recover. The following information was obtained from Wim's Bios http://www.wimsbios.com/ FAQ's. Corrections on AWARD Bios by Terry McGuire.

Award: The boot-block BIOS will execute an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on a bootable diskette. Copy an Award flasher & the correct BIOS *.bin file on the floppy and execute it automatically by putting AWDFLASH *.bin /sn /py /cc /r in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The * would be the correct bios .bin file and there must be spaces between the slash marks. Put it in the floppy and turn on the computer when the floppy seeks it will load the correct bios and bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 by itself. When it finishes you have to remove the floppy and enter the cmos SETUP and modify the CMOS for your configuration.

Which informed me of the necessity of using an autoexec.bat file. Finally! Now that worked, and it was able to run the flash writing utility!

However, when running the utility, the writing status as represented by little blocks seems to go wrong. Most of the BIOS apparently has "write failed" represented by red blocks, and only a bit less than half apparently wrote ok (represented by white blocks). and now it's stuck on the writing screen, telling me not to restart my computer or anything still.

Does this shed any light on what could be wrong?



quote:
Originally posted by crashcourse:
quote:
how would I do a hotflash using another board?
Just google for "hotswapping BIOS chip" or I "think" http://www.badflash.com/address.html has a link to instructions. I "know" you can order new BIOS chips from them.

It's not for the timid though, it involves removing and replacing the BIOS chip while the "donor" machine is running.

Edit: Hotswap instructions http://www.geocities.com/hackedmobo/hotswap/hshow.htm#hotswap

That looks difficult. Unfortunately I don't have another computer board which could take the same BIOS chip in it.

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I suppose I should emphasize that I am scared, since it tells me not to turn off or restart the system. yet there doesn't seem to be any other way to proceed, as it's not doing anything.

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Please?

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quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
I suppose I should emphasize that I am scared, since it tells me not to turn off or restart the system. yet there doesn't seem to be any other way to proceed, as it's not doing anything.

What happens if I do? -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/OpenTopic/ws/images/scared.gif --




Your computer will probably not boot again. It might, but it'll be 50/50. It sounds like you've got a bad bios chip.

I would try reflashing using the same boot floppy.

It might work.

At this point, you might as well restart the computer and try again. After that, it's time to hit up the guys at badflash.com for a replacement bios chip, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, IMO.


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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 4:47 am

Ok, I'm trying that with a different floppy. It seemed to stop liking the original floppy for some reason.

Is there a possibility the bad writing is the result of the wrong bios image? I know there were a couple versions of this board but there is only one available to download on their site:

http://www.iwill.com.tw/supports/BIOS.asp?vID=32&SID=32&MID=26&Value=39

Which is odd.

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 5:04 am

Ah, now it's hating my floppies! Doesn't like them! Even with the Autoexec.bat!

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I saw this same problem with the Award bootblock on one of my friend's boxes (Epox 8K7A). The BIOS got fuxored, and he got the same screen as you did. bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 We tried 8-9 different floppy disks before we found one that worked, and some of them were new. Also, yeah Bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 would try some older BIOS images for that board if you can find them.

Good luck.

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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 6:09 pm

Thanks for the advice. I've tried a bunch of floppies so far, unfortunately, it doesn't seem to like any.

I wish it was something as simple as getting the autoexec.bat wrong, but I've checked that.

Finding an old BIOS image isn't going to help me at this rate if I can't get it to like a floppy for flashing.

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Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 3:38 am

Here's a link for BIOS's from 2.27 through 5.15

http://www.amdmb.com/files.php

To bypass the BIOS error, try pressing the Insert Key down while powering on the system, then pressing The Delete Key to access the BIOS. That might be an access sequence.

Any audible beep codes, btw?

If possible, see if you can find a replacement battery for that board and plop that in, then try flashing the BIOS.

That's all I got.

kwikit

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Holding down INSert does nothing.

I've replaced the battery, but now it's throwing a NO VIDEO FOR YOU fit, so I think I'll let it sit for a while.

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Okay, now it's just not wanting to give video no matter what.

Fuck this.



So, if I buy the same motherboard, I won't have to reinstall Windows, right?

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quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
Okay, now it's just not wanting to give video no matter what.

Fuck this.



So, if I buy the same motherboard, I won't msvcprtd.libmsvcp100d.dll error lnk2005 to reinstall Windows, right?


I'll reiterate, don't buy a new motherboard. Try buying a new bios chip from the guys at badflash.com. Talk to them. Find out what they can do for you. It's like $20 or something like that.


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quote:
Originally posted by Danger Mouse:
quote:
Originally posted by zathras2:
Okay, now it's just not wanting to give video no matter what.

Fuck this.



So, if I buy the same bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, I won't have to reinstall Windows, right?


I'll reiterate, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, don't buy a new motherboard. Try buying a new bios chip from the guys at badflash.com. Talk to them. Find out what they can do for you. It's like $20 or something like that.


-Danger Mouse

Eh, so is a new motherboard. I'm just tired of this thing. I mean, what if it's not just the BIOS wrt the video problem?

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A new motherboard is $20????

Video display failing is a common symptom of bios corruption, unless you've got a Matrox video card, in which case it's the Matrox video bios that error while loading shared libraries libwbclient.so.0 corrupted.

Go read the FAQ at www.badflash.com

If you want to blow the cash on a new board, you should go ahead and do so, but it seems to me that spending $20 that could fix your issue (unable to flash bios/fix bios) would make sense.

-unless of course this board is under warranty, in which case you should've hit bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 the manufacturer at the start of this trouble.


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quote:
Originally posted by Danger Mouse:
A new motherboard is $20????

Well, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, sometimes less. But more like $30 with shipping. Not that you find Iwill KK-266-Rs new these days. Which is the same as a BIOS with shipping.


quote:
Video display failing is a common symptom of bios corruption, unless you've got a Matrox video card, in which case it's the Matrox video bios that got corrupted.

Go read the FAQ at http://www.badflash.com

If you want to blow the cash on a new board, you should go ahead and do so, but it seems to me that spending $20 that could fix your issue (unable to flash bios/fix bios) would make sense.

Yeah, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, I know it should be just the BIOS, but just in case, cost being more or less equal (have to factor in the chip puller as well) and all that.


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-unless of bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 this board is under warranty, in which case you should've hit up the manufacturer at the start of this trouble.

No, this is waaaay too old. Before the days of DDR and all that.

Olawy

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Posted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:43 pm

But still one can go with faulty mobo in hand to the kind folks
at your neighborhood friendly computerrepaireshoppe and ask them
to reflash the BIOS or replace the BIOS chip.
If they mess it upyou can blame them instead of yourself.
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zathras2

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bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 10:02 am


quote:
Originally posted by Olawy:
But still one can go with faulty mobo in hand to the kind folks
at your neighborhood friendly computerrepaireshoppe and ask them
to reflash the BIOS or replace the BIOS chip.
If they mess it upyou can blame them instead of yourself.
better for saving ego IMHO. -- View image here: http://arstechnica.infopop.net/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif --



They don't replace BIOSes and asking them to fix it would cost more than a new mobo anyway.

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Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2003 4:02 pm

Try with the floppy inserted again, but with the video card removed. I recently had a similar problem with my A7N8X Deluxe (it would work fine, but refused to flash to a new bios version), and as it turns out there was just enough of the bios left to automatically perform an emergency flash, but ONLY with the video card removed. IIRC, you don't need an autoexec.bat file, but you do have to have a very specific file name for the .bin file.

Also FYI, you don't need exactly the same board to successfully hotflash the chip (which I also had to do, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, for another A7N8X Deluxe that had a bad flash). As long as the bios chip is the same type and size (1/2MB, etc.) it bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 work.

steiner

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Posted: Mon Jul 28, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, 2003 5:07 pm

I had the same exact error with an ECS board.

nothing worked. even tried Uniflash. finally RMA'ed the board. it turned out to be a corrupt BIOS chip which got corrupted during a proper flash (i.e. i followed flash instruction to the dot)

Zathraster.interesting about the no video card method. That's 1 thing I didn't try, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, even with the autoexec.bat method of flashing. what's the rationality with taking out the vid-card?

*and yes, BootBlock holds just enough space on BIOS to perform a flash. however, doesn't necessarily mean the BIOS can stil be flashed, like in cases where the BIOS is 'really' corrupted.

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Posted: Mon Aug 04, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0, 2003 10:38 am

Well, I don't have my replacement board yet because apparently USPS delivery confirmation isn't, and 3-day express mail, well, isn't.

However, I have encountered a new problem. The old Dell PII I took the spare battery out of (before I bought a new CR2032) won't turn on either now. All I did was take the battery out for a few jetflash 8gb 20100 invalid device error only to replace it later. Any ideas what it could be?



quote:
Originally posted by Zathrasater:
Try with the floppy inserted again, but with the video card removed. I recently had a similar problem with my A7N8X Deluxe (it would work fine, but refused to flash to a new bios version), and as it turns out there was just enough of the bios left to automatically perform an emergency flash, but ONLY with the video card removed, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0. IIRC, you don't need an autoexec.bat file, but you do have to have a very specific file name for the .bin file.

Well, that's not helping with it not turning on at all.

Not that it matters anymore, really.

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    • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

      by hawgfan · about 18 years, 7 months ago

      In reply to Bios Checksum error

      You might test your RAM. Simmtester.com has an excellent program you can download called Doc Memory. If this shows your RAM to be good, I would suspect your mobo.

    • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

      by mrafrohead · about 18 years, 7 months ago

      In reply to Bios Checksum error

      You’re going to want to download a new BIOS file and reflash your BIOS. Make certain that you are flashing with the right BIOS file.

      First, disconnect the power cable to your PS, then switch the jumper on the mobo to clear the bios. Wait about five or ten seconds then put everything back together again and reflash your bios, bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0. After flashing, shut down and clear the bios one bios checksum error award bootblock bios v1.0 time. After that, you can set your bios back up how you wanted it and you should be good to go.

    • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

      by wlbowers · about 18 years, 7 months ago

      In reply to Bios Checksum error

      Replace the motherboard battery before you flash the bios.

      Lee

      • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        by wlbowers · about 18 years, 7 months ago

        In reply to Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        Just fixed one with this problem. New battery and flash the bios to current.

        Lee

      • Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        by wlbowers · about 18 years, 5 months ago

        In reply to Reply To: Bios Checksum error

        Just had another system with this problem. Wound up changing the motherboard.

        Good Luck Lee

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