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BIOS Checksum error

By Tomonzob
May 5, 2008
  1. Hi, hopefully this is the right place to post this, if not, i apologize

    Have a microstar computer Model: PC MT5 typ: MED MT 165

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    BIOS ROM checksum error

    Detecting floppy drive A media...
    INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
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    recived this error on startup, but after a coupla minutes then a reboot it went away, i pestered parents to look into problem, but apparently not important. Now its doing it every startup, and have no clue what to do.

    I tried disconnecting the A drive, and then it just gave me an "A drive is missing" error on a similar screen

    googling tells me something about a battery, but i dont know where to get one or what type.

    Hope someone can help

    Tom

    p.s. not very knowledgeable about hardware problems, so if i have missed a vital bit of info please shout, (if you can dumb it down as much as possible!!)
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Tell us the brand, model, and age of your computer, and how it is configured.

    Your CMOS battery may be dead. Easy to replace $3.25 at Wal-Mart.

    But it could be other things.
     
  3. Tomonzob

    Tomonzob TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The brand is a Microstar, model is a PC MT5, Age is 7 years old, and configured? i have windows XP if thats what you mean...?
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    no - you need a CMOS battery for your motherboard.
     
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