Floppy Disk Controller Failure

Floppy Disk Controller Failure If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system has attempted to access and verify the existence of the floppy disk. In doing so, it attempts to access the floppy disk controller on the …

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Interrupt Controller Failure

Interrupt Controller 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 an error associated with the interrupt controller or controllers on the system motherboard. Some background Device interrupts are fed to the processor using a …

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Invalid Media Type

Invalid Media Type If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system tried to use a disk or other media that is of the incorrect type. Diagnosis: Unfortunately this happens to be one of those difficult to decipher …

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BIOS ROM Checksum Errors

BIOS ROM Checksum Errors If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The read-only memory (ROM) containing the BIOS program is protected by a checksum value as a double-check that the ROM code is correct. This checksum is compared …

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Timer Errors

Timer Errors If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: There is an error being reported with one of the system timers on the motherboard. Diagnosis: This is usually a motherboard or on-board system device problem. For the most …

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Hard Disk Initializing; Please wait a moment…

Hard Disk Initializing; Please wait a moment… If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: Early computer systems inherently took a long time to boot. Computers have gotten much faster and people naturally want them to boot in less …

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Memory test message

Memory Test Message If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system is testing the system memory. Diagnosis: The system is behaving normally, as long as it continues to boot and doesn’t halt when this message is displayed. …

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CH-1 and CH-2 Timer (Timing) Error

CH-1 and CH-2 Timer (Timing) Error If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: There is an error that involves one of the system timers on the motherboard. Diagnosis: Although this error is usually relates only to a problem …

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CPU at XXX

CPU at XXX (XXX= a reported speed) If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! CPU at XXX Explanation: The system is reporting the speed of the processor. On early motherboards, and even some recent vintage such as the Iwill …

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Override Enabled – Defaults Loaded

Override Enabled – Defaults Loaded If you have arrived here through a search engine, and there’s no menu to the left click here! Explanation: The system found that the current BIOS settings in the CMOS memory are invalid or corrupt, and loaded the default settings that are stored in the …

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