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System Configuration Data Read Error (on Gateway laptop) - HELP!

By larrycunningham ·
I have a Gateway M-1626 laptop and when I restarted it yesterday I got this following boot error message (am including all the text from the screen):
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Phoenix TrustedCore (tm) NB
Copyright 1985-2006 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
All Rights Reserved

BIOS version 9D.03
632K System RAM Passed
3966M Extended RAM Passed
1024 KB L2 Cache
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed
ATAPI CD-ROM: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T20F
Fixed Disk 0: WDC WD2500BEVS-22UST0
USB 2.0: WD Virtual CD 1110
Mouse initialized
System Configuration Data updated
ERROR
System Configuration Data Read Error

Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to Setup
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I have tried to reload Windows from the OS CD (that I got with the laptop) but it fails related to this error (forget the exact message now). And I have tried to recovery everything using the Recovery CD that I made when I first got the laptop but I can't get the laptop to recognize the Recovery CD either.

I chatted with Gateway customer service and they suggested I re-flash the BIOS (and gave me the file to download to do that) but this requires Windows to run!?!? Supposedly by making the USB drive that the re-flash utility is on the 1st boot drive it would start up and re-flash the BIOS .. but it didn't .. it said there wasn't a bootable system on the USB drive (and yes, I extracted the files on to the USB drive first).

Any suggestions on what I can do to get this problem resolved? Thanks.

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It may not be enough

by TobiF In reply to System Configuration Data ...

To copy those files to the USB, if it needs to be made "bootable" i.e. contain some kind of boot record.

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by Laptop Walter In reply to It may not be enough

I am sorry that TobiF wasted your time with a NON-Answer. Either he did not read your question or he did not know the answer.

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All you should need to do here

by OH Smeg In reply to System Configuration Data ...

Is enter the BIOS and make the Data & Time settings right and then save the changes as you exit the BIOS.

You shouldn't need to reinstall Windows or anything else here just correct the error in the BIOS and you'll be right.

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by Laptop Walter In reply to All you should need to do ...

Larry can not get into his BIOS --- so why shoule you tell him to "just correct the error in the BIOS.." Another NON-Answer.

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