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    BIOS corrupted


    by choy.waigiat ·

    I’m using a COMPAQ EN SFF series PC. An error shows “Boot Block Emergency Recovery Mode. System Flash Image has been corrupted. Insert ROMPAQ diskette into drive A and cycle on power on system”.

    I have downloaded the ROMPAQ files from COMPAQ website and successfully updated the ROM on the PC, but one day later the same problem happens again. I changed another same model of PC and one week later the same problem happen.

    Anyone can help?

    thanks and regards,

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    • #3356939

      BIOS corrupted

      by thechas ·

      In reply to BIOS corrupted

      My 2 best guesses are that you either have a virus that infects the system BIOS;

      or, there is a power supply problem that is causing the BIOS ROM to get a partial reset command.

      For the BIOS virus, the next time you refresh the BIOS, enter setup, and set virus detection to enable.
      This way, you get a warning whenever a program attempts to write to the BIOS.


    • #3356934

      BIOS corrupted

      by byte1 ·

      In reply to BIOS corrupted

      Make sure the CMOS battery on the motherboard is good.

    • #3356693

      BIOS corrupted

      by johntech ·

      In reply to BIOS corrupted

      Hope this helps.See especially the last paragraph.

      CIH is a virus that infects the 32-bit Windows 95/98/NT executable files, but can function only under Windows 95/98 and ME. It does not function under Windows NT or Windows 2000. When an infectedprogram is run under Windows 95/98/ME, the virus becomes resident in memory. To remove the virus, do one of the following:

      Although Windows NT system files can be infected, the virus cannot become resident or infect files on a computer running Windows NT or Windows 2000. The virus does not function under DOS, Windows 3.1, or on Macintosh computers. Once the virus is resident, the CIH virus infects other files when accessed.

      As of April, 1999, three known, similar variants of this virus exist. CIH versions 1.2 and 1.3 have a payload that will trigger on April 26, commemorating Chernobyl, the Soviet nuclear disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986. CIH version 1.4 has a payload that will trigger on the 26th of any month. The payloadsof all the versions of CIH are the same.

      The first payload overwrites the hard disk with random data, starting at the beginning of the disk (sector 0) using an infinite loop. The overwriting of the sectors does not stop until the system has crashed. As a result, the computer will not boot from the hard disk or floppy disk. Also, the data that has been overwritten on the hard disk will be very difficult or impossible to recover. You must restore the data from backups.

      The second payload tries to cause permanent damage to the computer. This payload attacks the Flash BIOS (a part of your computer that initializes and manages the relationships and data flow between the system devices, including the hard drive, serial and parallel ports, and the keyboard) and tries to corrupt the data stored there. As a result, nothing may be displayed when you start the computer. A computer technician would need to fix this.

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      BIOS corrupted

      by choy.waigiat ·

      In reply to BIOS corrupted

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