Vista Start Up Problem

  • George L.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

As I turned on my PC today, my Windows Vista running on HP could not even go into system safe mode. I get black screen with the following message:
Quote:
Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (c) 2008. Award Software Inc

BIOS ROM CheckSum error

Detecting IDE ATAPI device...


I am not sure about the error message, can anyone help?
  • Don2007
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I searched Google for that error. One of the hits was:
http://winhlp.com/node/192

Read under the heading "The Following Worked For Me"

Repeat the search for other ideas.
  • George L.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

But I was not updating my BIOS, it happened for no reason, apparently my mom went in to clean my room and she might hit the motherboard. That was just my lazy guess, or it could be my RAM is too small, or my BIOS needs update: above all, I have no idea how I am going to do any of the updates when I can not even enter the system, it is stuck with the error message, only option I can do is to turn off the switch from the plug.

//I too have googled for the last one and a half hours but I am still going no where better..
  • George L.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thank you for your time, Don.

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If you think that someone bumped into the laptop, then it's a hardware problem, not software. Maybe something is loose inside.
  • George L.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I called the HP support yesterday, here was what I was instructed to do:

Unplug all cables from my CPU, and press the power button hold it for 10-15 seconds. After that, replug the cables connecting my monitor, keyboard and mouse. Then, press F10/F11 many times repetitively...

The above did not work successfully. The same error message appeared, it was concluded that it was some hardware damaged inside. It will be sent to a Hp support shop somewhere in the city.

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