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Bad BIOS Checksum On X1600 Pro 512MB AGP

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Last night I had a few people over so I put some tunes on the computer, everything was great and then the music stopped. I came in to find a black screen with 'RV350 bad BIOS checksum. Beginning recovery." or something to that affect.

It sat on that screen for probably 5 minutes before I decided to shut things down. After letting it sit for about 10-15 minutes I powered it back on and everything seems to be running fine.

I had the card overclocked from the default core/memory of 500/600 to 600/940 at the time but there is no way it was being stressed from only running Winamp. I'm not sure if overclocking is the culprit anyway.

After a quick Google search and a run through the threads here I've come up empty handed.

Any ideas what would have caused this and whether I will have problems in the future?
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Just great.

I go out to a barbecue, shut everything down, get back, bring it up and pow! Blue screen saying that Windows was shutdown to prevent any damage. It said something about a hardware configuration change or something. I was more concerned about getting things up and running than I was copying the error down.

It also had an artifact on the screen. It was a normal blue screen with white writing but in the bottom right hand corner was a black square with two yellow lines.

I'm thinking the video card is causing some problems.

Again, I'm hunting for a reason...

Who knows? Maybe I can use this as an excuse to get that upgrade.
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My excuse for upgrading is always "hmm, I have nothing important to spend this cash on..."

But your excuse sounds like a good one.
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Normally if I saw the bad BIOS checksum message I'd think that my battery is gone or something like that but where it specifically mentioned the RV350 Rialto, I know it's something to do with the video card.

I'm still doing some searching but everything I find has to do with the motherboard BIOS.
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