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Old 18th August, 2005, 09:43 PM
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I still get this, and it's becoming more and more freqeunt.
The Pc switches on, then when I'm using it the computer makes the same beeps it makes when it switches off, and keeps doing it, then resets itself. The HDD activity light flashes with these beeps.
Then, when I switch it back on, it says:
SYSTEM BOOT DISK FAILURE: CMOS CHECKSUM ERROR

Then the System Bios refuses to detect the existence of my HDD. I then open it up, un-plug and then re-plug the HDD and 7/10 times this makes it work again.

Is the HDD losing power? Is the HDD duff? Or is there something wrong with the chispet, i.e it isn't communicating properly with the HDD.

Please help me. I'm worried I could lose everything. I really need to fix this!
Thank you AOA! If somebody helps me fix this, let's just say I'll get them a round.
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First port of call is to reset the CMOS and see whether the problem persists.
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"CMOS CHECKSUM ERROR" - have you updated the Bios recently?..Any errors during it?
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CMOS Checksum error means the contents of the CMOS RAM have been corrupted. Typical reasons for this include software overwriting CMOS (rare unless there's been a hard crash), odd hardware problems, as well as the battery backup going flat.
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How do I fix it?
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Old 19th August, 2005, 11:57 AM
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Oh god, I don't have to flash the BIOS do I?
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Ok, I have fixed the jumpers, the BIOS protect jumper was in the wrong position.
However, I still get the same thing, but not there is nothing about a Checksum.
I was wondering, anyone got an old working worthless IDE HDD that I can use to test with? As long as it is modern enough to work with the SK41, it could help me out a bit, and I can post it back too :-).
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