Floppy Drive Mismatch

Floppy Drive Mismatch If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The BIOS’s POST sequence has detected that the actual type of floppy disk drive found in your computer does not match what what has been defined in the …

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CMOS Battery Failure

CMOS Battery Failure If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The CMOS memory holds the BIOS settings that you define in the BIOS setup program. This memory is powered using a small battery mounted on the motherboard so …

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Detected short in address line

Detected Short in Address Line If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Detected short in address line Explanation: The system has detected a short-circuit in one or more of the lines of the address bus on the motherboard. Diagnosis: …

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Unexpected Interrupt in Protected Mode

Unexpected Interrupt in Protected Mode If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system has detected an interrupt that should not be occurring within the system. Diagnosis: This is probably either a processor or motherboard problem. Recommendation: Troubleshoot …

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Fixed Disk Failure

Fixed Disk Failure If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system has detected a failure with one or more of the IDE/ATA hard disk drives in the system. The problem report itself may highlight a specific device …

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No Boot Sector On Fixed Disk

No Boot Sector On Fixed Disk If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: After the BIOS POST process, the system found a hard disk from which to start an operating, however it couldn’t load the operating system because …

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Floppy Disk Failure

Floppy Disk (Drive) Failure If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The BIOS POST feature has determined that one or more of the floppy disk drives in the system is failing or missing during the boot sequence. The …

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Shutdown Failure

Shutdown Failure If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system is detecting a failure on the motherboard related to the shutdown or reset logic. Note: This discussion does not involve shutdown problems you may be having with …

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Invalid Partition Table

Invalid Partition Table If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: During the boot process, the system examined the master partition table in order to determine what partition or volume to use to boot the operating system, and found …

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Updating ESCD

Updating ESCD… If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: ESCD stands for “extended system configuration data”, and it is referring to the storage of resource information in a system that uses Plug and Play. This message is displayed …

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