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Computer shit the bed.

saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
edited November 2006 in Help / Advice Forum
I was happily typing up a post tonight when suddenly my monitor went black for a second. I was alarmed but everything seemed fine so I went back to working. Then my computer screams at me (beeps) and BSOD's. So I restarted it and it BSOD'd right before the windows loading screen. Reboot again, and it goes to the "Windows didn't start properly last time" screen where it freezes at 27 secs. Reboot again. "BIOS checksum error" and it proceeds to check all my removable drives for media.

I pop out the motherboard handbook and find out it's looking for something to get a BIOS from so I throw the CD in the drive and it loads up a BIOS update program. Everything seems to go fine so I hit enter to restart. Now it just brings up the "BIOS checksum error" screen, updates then loops back. So I bust out my old laptop then I went to the ASUS website and downloaded a new BIOS and put it on a floppy (I had to get the global version instead of the USA one because the USA link was broken). I get to the "BIOS checksum error" screen and it cannot detect anything on the floppy.

I'm guessing the mobo is dead and I'm gonna take it to the place I got it tomorrow during school as that's what the ASUS site says to do. Anyone have any other ideas?

Computer details-

ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 mobo
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
2GB Corsair XMS
GeForce 6800 Vanilla
Seagate 160gig
Everything running cool and quiet on Zalmans

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    stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Try resetting the biod by either using the bios reset jumper or pulling the bios battery and unplugging the computer for a few minutes. It might get you passed the checksum error problem.

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    saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    stigweard wrote:
    Try resetting the biod by either using the bios reset jumper or pulling the bios battery and unplugging the computer for a few minutes. It might get you passed the checksum error problem.
    Just tried that, nothing.

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    Xenocide GeekXenocide Geek Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    saltiness wrote:
    stigweard wrote:
    Try resetting the biod by either using the bios reset jumper or pulling the bios battery and unplugging the computer for a few minutes. It might get you passed the checksum error problem.
    Just tried that, nothing.

    Your CMOS battery is dead/dieing.

    You may have inadvertently killed your motherboard by trying to update your BIOS when the battery was dieing.

    If you actually got all the way through the BIOS updating process, then you're fine.

    But if your computer rebooted/fuxxed up while in the of the updating process, it may have permanently nailed your BIOS chip.

    But swap out the CMOS battery.

    edit: I should say you may have inadverently killed your BIOS chip, not your motherboard.

    But if I recall, getting a new BIOS chip is a royal pain in the ass.

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    saltinesssaltiness Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    saltiness wrote:
    stigweard wrote:
    Try resetting the biod by either using the bios reset jumper or pulling the bios battery and unplugging the computer for a few minutes. It might get you passed the checksum error problem.
    Just tried that, nothing.

    Your CMOS battery is dead/dieing.

    You may have inadvertently killed your motherboard by trying to update your BIOS when the battery was dieing.

    If you actually got all the way through the BIOS updating process, then you're fine.

    But if your computer rebooted/fuxxed up while in the of the updating process, it may have permanently nailed your BIOS chip.

    But swap out the CMOS battery.

    edit: I should say you may have inadverently killed your BIOS chip, not your motherboard.

    But if I recall, getting a new BIOS chip is a royal pain in the ass.

    Well, I went ahead and removed the mobo, put the original CPU heatsink back on it and the original northbridge fan back on so I'm pretty set on returning the thing. It's only 3 months old. Hopefully the guys at the store don't give me grief.

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