Checksum Error ?

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Please....can anybody help me ?

I have computer with P4MA motherboard via chipset, processor intel pentum 4
, I don't know exactkly why it can't start and display booting error
message:

Award Bootblock V1.0

BIOS ROM checksum Error

Detecting floppy drive A Media


How to resolve this problem ?


Best Regards.


Rudi Harsono
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    binapusat wrote:

    > Please....can anybody help me ?
    >
    > I have computer with P4MA motherboard via chipset, processor intel pentum
    > 4 , I don't know exactkly why it can't start and display booting error
    > message:
    >
    > Award Bootblock V1.0
    >
    > BIOS ROM checksum Error
    >
    > Detecting floppy drive A Media
    >
    >


    How long has it been doing this, does it do it on every boot etc etc
    --

    Stacey
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Bitstring <2hnshqFf69ptU1@uni-berlin.de>, from the wonderful person
    binapusat <binapusat@nusa.net.id> said
    >Please....can anybody help me ?
    >
    >I have computer with P4MA motherboard via chipset, processor intel pentum 4
    >, I don't know exactkly why it can't start and display booting error
    >message:
    >
    >Award Bootblock V1.0
    >
    >BIOS ROM checksum Error
    >
    >Detecting floppy drive A Media
    >
    >
    >How to resolve this problem ?

    Unless this motherboard has some emergency flash or bios recovery
    ability (most don't), then the solution requires the installation of a
    replacement BIOS chip since the old one has died, or gotten corrupted.
    I assume you didn't try to 'Flash' the BIOS recently (power failure in
    the middle of flashing the BIOS will do this most of the time)?

    If it's under warranty take it back. If it isn't, you need a replacement
    BIOS chip (normally from the motherboard manufacturer) and someone with
    the tools/experience to fit it. Or you could change the motherboard

    --
    GSV Three Minds in a Can
    Outgoing Msgs are Turing Tested,and indistinguishable from human typing.
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    GSV Three Minds in a Can <GSV@quik.clara.co.uk> wrote:
    > binapusat <binapusat@nusa.net.id> said
    >>Award Bootblock V1.0
    >>BIOS ROM checksum Error
    >>Detecting floppy drive A Media
    >
    > Unless this motherboard has some emergency flash or bios recovery
    > ability (most don't), then the solution requires the installation of a

    This "detecting floppy drive A" sounds like an emergency
    recovery facility. An MS-DOS formatted disk with the
    flasher and ROM code should permit reflashing the BIOS.

    Try putting in an MS-DOS bootable floppy and see what happens.
    Check the mfr's website.

    -- Robert
  4. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Bitstring <8xGtc.994$474.898@newssvr23.news.prodigy.com>, from the
    wonderful person Robert Redelmeier <redelm@ev1.net.invalid> said
    >GSV Three Minds in a Can <GSV@quik.clara.co.uk> wrote:
    >> binapusat <binapusat@nusa.net.id> said
    >>>Award Bootblock V1.0
    >>>BIOS ROM checksum Error
    >>>Detecting floppy drive A Media
    >>
    >> Unless this motherboard has some emergency flash or bios recovery
    >> ability (most don't), then the solution requires the installation of a
    >
    >This "detecting floppy drive A" sounds like an emergency
    >recovery facility. An MS-DOS formatted disk with the
    >flasher and ROM code should permit reflashing the BIOS.
    >
    >Try putting in an MS-DOS bootable floppy and see what happens.
    >Check the mfr's website.

    Good suggestion - I'm not familiar with that particular board and I
    didn't check the manufacturer's site to see if it can, in fact, recover
    from a dead BIOS.

    OTOH a BIOS chip which lost data once (assuming the OP didn't mis-flash
    it) doesn't inspire confidence for the future, even if you can reload a
    working version from floppy.

    --
    GSV Three Minds in a Can
    Outgoing Msgs are Turing Tested,and indistinguishable from human typing.
  5. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    yes, it do it every boot. It stop here, can't do anything (etc: Read data
    from Harddisk)

    "Stacey" <fotocord@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:2ho2usFe4el6U4@uni-berlin.de...
    > binapusat wrote:
    >
    > > Please....can anybody help me ?
    > >
    > > I have computer with P4MA motherboard via chipset, processor intel
    pentum
    > > 4 , I don't know exactkly why it can't start and display booting error
    > > message:
    > >
    > > Award Bootblock V1.0
    > >
    > > BIOS ROM checksum Error
    > >
    > > Detecting floppy drive A Media
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
    > How long has it been doing this, does it do it on every boot etc etc
    > --
    >
    > Stacey
  6. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    GSV Three Minds in a Can <GSV@quik.clara.co.uk> wrote:
    > OTOH a BIOS chip which lost data once (assuming the OP didn't mis-flash
    > it) doesn't inspire confidence for the future, even if you can reload a
    > working version from floppy.

    Fully agreed. Sounds like a bad EEPROM cell. A good
    candidate for RMA, especially if it repeats.

    -- Robert

    >
  7. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    binapusat wrote:

    > yes, it do it every boot. It stop here, can't do anything (etc: Read data
    > from Harddisk)
    >


    The reason I asked, I had a system that would give me a bios checksum error
    on one boot attaempt, the next would boot up without a hitch. Turned out to
    be a flakey PSU was doing this. Might be worth trying if you have a spare
    one?
    --

    Stacey
  8. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    oh....last night I acquire the problem, it's lost CMOS battery, I had
    replacement with new one but isn't success. It's still appear same problem.

    "GSV Three Minds in a Can" <GSV@quik.clara.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:nItugPJX5xtAFAXs@from.is.invalid...
    > Bitstring <2hnshqFf69ptU1@uni-berlin.de>, from the wonderful person
    > binapusat <binapusat@nusa.net.id> said
    > >Please....can anybody help me ?
    > >
    > >I have computer with P4MA motherboard via chipset, processor intel pentum
    4
    > >, I don't know exactkly why it can't start and display booting error
    > >message:
    > >
    > >Award Bootblock V1.0
    > >
    > >BIOS ROM checksum Error
    > >
    > >Detecting floppy drive A Media
    > >
    > >
    > >How to resolve this problem ?
    >
    > Unless this motherboard has some emergency flash or bios recovery
    > ability (most don't), then the solution requires the installation of a
    > replacement BIOS chip since the old one has died, or gotten corrupted.
    > I assume you didn't try to 'Flash' the BIOS recently (power failure in
    > the middle of flashing the BIOS will do this most of the time)?
    >
    > If it's under warranty take it back. If it isn't, you need a replacement
    > BIOS chip (normally from the motherboard manufacturer) and someone with
    > the tools/experience to fit it. Or you could change the motherboard
    >
    > --
    > GSV Three Minds in a Can
    > Outgoing Msgs are Turing Tested,and indistinguishable from human typing.
  9. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    binapusat wrote:

    > oh....last night I acquire the problem, it's lost CMOS battery, I had
    > replacement with new one but isn't success. It's still appear same
    > problem.
    >


    Like someone said, get the bios flash utility and the bios file from the
    manufacturer, copy them on a bootable dos floppy and insert it into the
    machine and then boot it. Hopefully it will boot off that floppy and let
    you run the bios flash program.
    --

    Stacey
  10. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Bitstring <2hqdhvFg0jeoU1@uni-berlin.de>, from the wonderful person
    binapusat <binapusat@nusa.net.id> said
    >oh....last night I acquire the problem, it's lost CMOS battery, I had
    >replacement with new one but isn't success. It's still appear same problem.

    A dead CMOS battery could give you boot problems, and maybe bleating
    about corrupt CMOS RAM data (which a 'clear cmos' would fix), however it
    should not give you BIOS checksum errors .. the BIOS is in Flash memory,
    and holds its value with no power at all (until/unless one of the memory
    cells fails).

    --
    GSV Three Minds in a Can
    Outgoing Msgs are Turing Tested,and indistinguishable from human typing.
  11. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Oke...Thank's for every advices.

    I will try to fixed it by flash BIOS, if appear same problem, I hope you are
    not bored with my unknown something.

    Best Regards


    Rudi Harsono

    "GSV Three Minds in a Can" <GSV@quik.clara.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:zMirR0EkzGuAFA9Z@from.is.invalid...
    > Bitstring <2hqdhvFg0jeoU1@uni-berlin.de>, from the wonderful person
    > binapusat <binapusat@nusa.net.id> said
    > >oh....last night I acquire the problem, it's lost CMOS battery, I had
    > >replacement with new one but isn't success. It's still appear same
    problem.
    >
    > A dead CMOS battery could give you boot problems, and maybe bleating
    > about corrupt CMOS RAM data (which a 'clear cmos' would fix), however it
    > should not give you BIOS checksum errors .. the BIOS is in Flash memory,
    > and holds its value with no power at all (until/unless one of the memory
    > cells fails).
    >
    > --
    > GSV Three Minds in a Can
    > Outgoing Msgs are Turing Tested,and indistinguishable from human typing.
  12. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    On Mon, 31 May 2004 10:04:32 +0700, "binapusat"
    <binapusat@nusa.net.id> wrote:

    >Oke...Thank's for every advices.
    >
    >I will try to fixed it by flash BIOS, if appear same problem, I hope you are
    >not bored with my unknown something.
    >
    >Best Regards

    I got that same error message after updating the bios on my Abit IC7
    once and all I had to do was go into the bios and set my usual
    settings and then save them. After that I never got the checksum error
    message again.
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    Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips (More info?)

    Please....can anybody help me ?

    I have computer with P4MA motherboard via chipset, processor intel pentum 4
    , I don't know exactkly why it can't start and display booting error
    message:

    Award Bootblock V1.0

    BIOS ROM checksum Error

    Detecting floppy drive A Media


    How to resolve this problem ?


    Best Regards.


    Rudi Harsono
  14. rom bios error is a corrupted bios. often cause by either an incomplete or bad flash. it can also be caused by powering off while bios is saving.

    as others have said you will need to replace the bios chip, the problem is your unlikely to be able to source 1 for that board and it would be cheaper to just replace the whole thing with a cheap asrock board.
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