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post #1 of 18
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Hi.

Yesterday my pc, on start up, developed a checksum error. Something about a Drive A. It fails to start, and all I get is a long constant bleep. I removed the bios battery to reset the bios, and it worked.

But that was yesterday, today I got blue screened and when I restarted the same problem appeared. I have tried to reset the bios but no luck. My pc has not been touched or modified for a very long time. I get the feeling something is failing but I don't know what.

Please, I have to make a very important Skype call, can anyone provide some suggestions? Perhaps the bios chip is to blame?

All the best,
Seb.
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post #2 of 18
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to be more specific, it says:

BIOS ROM checksum error

Detecting floppy drive A media...
Drive A error. System halt
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post #3 of 18
Drive A means Floppy Drive. You can disable it in BIOS, so the error won't appear anymore. However, I'm not sure why it did happen in the first place, and BSOD... Did you try a new battery? Maybe it's out of juice.
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post #4 of 18
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ye i also replaced the battery and it did the trick first time. I thought drive a was floppy, but don't have a floppy. I seem to have made some headway by stripping out the the pc, and eventually came down to taking out ram. After i took out the second stick of ram i seem to have had some luck and the pc is back on.

could ram do this?

saying that, i still get an error message, which i must press f1 to continue, but it does allow me to continue now.

the error message also refers to an error with drive a
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post #5 of 18
Even if you don't have a floppy, but it's enabled in BIOS, it will cause that error. I had that board, so just disable it BIOS.

RAM could've caused that BSOD, and long constant beep on nforce boards is RAM error IIRC.
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post #6 of 18
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i had actually disabled drive a after yesterday. so unless the bios had reset somehow, perhaps after bsod?, it should still have been disabled and not have given me the error.
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post #7 of 18
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Ah, the problem is has not been resolved. The pc is still stripped out to a bare minimum, which rules out any further hardware issues, unless the MOBO itself is at fault?

This morning, the PC simply turned itself off. It did not restart itself, just turned off. Upon turning on, it makes some way into loading, and then just turns itself off again.

Please, I am in a really desperate situation and need to get my pc up and running. Is it time for a new mobo, cpu + ram?
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post #8 of 18
being an Nforce board what do the capacitors look like, can you do a photo?
considering it's age they could be bulging / leaking causing issues

it could just be age related too.
    
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post #9 of 18
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yes i will post up a pic now. the problem does seem to be intermittent. It's running at the moment but I don't know how long for. Is there the possibility this could be a hard drive issue? I ask because there are a few bits and bobs I'd like to copy over fairly rapidly to a back up.
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the pc has died again..
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