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System booting problem

By BarryVG ·
I've got Pentium 75 motherboard, Award Bios 4.50g. Attempting to get system to boot, however, after running through initial steps, I get an "updating ESCD" afterwhich nothing happens. I think it may be a memory problem, so I change out all the simms, which doesn't correct the problem. Any suggestions. I'd rather not dump the mother board, as I would like to use this for some basic use, nothing great.

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by rgrowcock In reply to System booting problem

What type of OS are you using with this? Have you made any changes recently, specifically before the error came up? Has the systems power been taken away for any amount of time, ie unplugged. I would try a new battery first, and then check the OS. Try booting with a boot disk and see if it will boot that way. If so, I would say your OS is the problem, or maybe the hard drive if it is an older one. If it doesn't boot with a floppy, change the battery (under $3 at Wal-Mart) and try again, after that look into the mobo a little more. Try it with a different system if possible, or with different components inside, again if possible. I would guess that it is either the battery, or a hard drive. Hope this gives you a way to go. Roger

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by BarryVG In reply to System booting problem

Attempting to use Win95B. Can't get out of boot process. Changed out cables, hard drive, only have video. Battery is good. Reset CMOS and only getting to identification page, then freeze. Think its time for new motherboard.

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by PCGUY001 In reply to System booting problem

If I we're you I'd first of all try a new IDE cable on your Hard Drive. Next I think I would think it is either the IDE controller on the Motherboard itself.
If you have the means try a new IDE add in Controller (they're pretty cheap).
My last tipwould be if your using a Windows OS. Boot with a floppy with system files for the same OS your running (Win 95 98 etc) then do a fdisk /mbr.

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by BarryVG In reply to System booting problem

Attempting to use Win95B. Can't get out of boot process. Changed out cables, hard drive, only have video. Battery is good. Reset CMOS and only getting to identification page, then freeze. Think its time for new motherboard.

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by dmiles In reply to System booting problem

ESCD-Extended System Configuration Data,located in the computer PnP BIOS,information about peripheral devices is stored,applies mostly to legacy cards
Some Mother Boards hae settings in PnP section called Reset Configuration Data,you can reset configuration
Operating with EDO memory you can try Enabling the EDO DRAM Install Option found in Chipset Features of BIOS
a utility to delete the files is NVRAM.EXE

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by BarryVG In reply to System booting problem

Have reset configuration to no avail. Changed out memory too. Attempting to use Win95B. Can't get out of boot process. Changed out cables, hard drive, only have video. Battery is good. Reset CMOS and only getting to identification page, then freeze. Think its time for new motherboard.

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by cajundon In reply to System booting problem

Hi, I would suggest that you try loading into Safe Mode. In Same Mode it only loads the basic drivers for your operating system to run.

If you can get into Safe Mode, go to Control Panel and click on the System Icon, the click the Device Manager tab. See if you have any devices with a yellow ! mark on it. This means that the device is not setup properly. Click on the + key, highlight the device and click Remove. Do this for all devices not setup properly. Then click OK two times to exit System Manager. Close Control Panel, and restart your computer.

If all goes well, Windows will detect the new devices and install the best driver for them.

If this does not work, Turn off the computer power, and remove all P-N-P cards, execpt the Video Card. Start computer and see if operating system will load. If it does, install one P-N-P card at a time, repeat until you find out which card is not working correctly.

Also check for all BIOS upgrades, and devices drivers, at www.windrivers.com
The newer drivers corrects the bugs of the older drivers, and if you are using Windows 95, it does not have all the drivers, or newer drivers.

Good luck and have a great day.

Don Thibodaux, Independent Computer Technology Consultant.

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by BarryVG In reply to System booting problem

Can't get to safe mode. Attempting to use Win95B. Can't get out of boot process. Changed out cables, hard drive, only have video. Battery is good. Reset CMOS and only getting to identification page, then freeze. Think its time for new motherboard.

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by abbasmirshahi In reply to System booting problem

A few things could be wrong:

1) Loose memory or CPU

2) Jumper settings. Refer to the manual.

3) The power, LED, Speaker, ect. connections on the motherboard could be wrong.

Good Luck

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by abbasmirshahi In reply to System booting problem

May I know the answer if there is one available?

Thanks

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