ASUS K8V-X BIOS checksum error

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    Unhappy ASUS K8V-X BIOS checksum error

    I got a new ASUS K8V-X mobo for x-mas. I happily swaped out the old mobo and put in the ASUS board, and put in the Athlon64 chip i got aswell. When i boot, I get somthing to the effect of "bad BIOS checksum", it then asks for a floppy or CD, so i put in the ASUS support disk. It then erased the bios, and re-installed it from the CD. It told me to shut down and then turn it back on, so i did. When I turned it back on, it did the same thing, bringing me in an endless circle. Is this a bad bios chip, or have i done somthing wrong?

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    usually means the boards bad. change the battery, like your old mobo's, load bios defaults and try again. If that dont work, RMA it.

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    k, i'll try that.....and now to sound newbish...whats RMA mean

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    >whats RMA mean
    Random Motherboard Access (preferrably with a screwdriver).
    My best code is written with the delete key.

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    Its basically "hey who i bought it from its crap gimme a new one"

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    RMA = "Repair Maintenance Authorization"

    When you call the manufacture or whoever you bought it from, they will take down info on what's wrong with the board and assign it an RMA number. You have to make sure you place that number on the shipping label and any other document you include with the board.

    Usually and "Checksum Error" is either a bad battery, BIOS chip, or the BIOS in the EPROM needs to be reloaded. You should be able to find an updated BIOS for that board here:

    http://www.asus.com.tw/support/cpusupport/cbios_dl/cbios_dl.aspx?MB=K8V-X&CPU=Athlon%2064%203700+%20(Socket754)&BIOS=ALL

    This supports Athalon64 +3200 through 3700

    This method updates your BIOS via a floppy and it's the most up to date version 12/12/2004. Make sure you follow the directions for "BIOS Flashing Method", this is very important due to the fact that a failure can crash your BIOS for good. Obviously since your on here, you have another computer to drop this update and the utility to a floppy.

    Good Luck!!

    P.S. If you get everything up and running, make sure that you install the "Live Update" that allows updating drivers and BIOS through windows (If ASUS has this feature and your using windows).

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    i don't have a spare battery, or chip for that matter, and I assume that when you say >>BIOS in the EPROM needs to be reloaded<<, that is basicly what I did when I wiped the BIOS and loaded the same one back on. I don't think I need to update the BIOS, because the processor is a 3000, so there shouldn't be any conflict. Please correct me if i'm wrong in any of this, I havn't worked with parts made recently very much. I'll be taking it up to where it was purchased tomorrow hopefully anyway, to let them replace the battery or BIOS chip if thats whats wrong.

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    wheres the battery from your old motherboard?

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    One way to check the battery is to set the clock, shut it down, unplug it and wait a few minutes. Plug it back in, turn it on and see if the clock is still right. That's if you can access the BIOS on post. If the clock is wrong or lags alot in time, you should just need a battery. But, if you've messed up the BIOS with the last load or it was messed up when you bought it, you might already be too late. When you return it, don't tell them you refreshed the BIOS, some store owners want to wave their hands, step back and claim you voided the warranty (crap since it's a standard upgrade by the user).

    You can test if your correct by taking a battery out of another mobo (if you have one), usually a quarter size 3v battery, replacing it and see what happens.

    You could also try a BIOS reset, in the mobo manual there should be a jumper (Red in color) that is used to reset the BIOS. It's usually red, located right near the BIOS chip (Small rectangle chip with a label in the middle, usually has "Award" or "AMI" on it). Usually all you have to do is disconnect the PC from power and move the jumper across two pins, wait a few minutes, move the jumper back to it's original position and reapply power. This resets the BIOS to the factory defaults.

    Personally i'd rather troubleshoot then return it, sometimes returns can be a pain, more for the customer than the supplier.

    If it's the chip, forget it, get them to do it. Without a chip puller, it sucks and alot are almost impossible to remove.

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    the clock can never miss a beat and still have a bad battery. The clock takes very very little energy.

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    That's why I said to kill power, and wait, once the caps discharge the clock should slow. Easy way to know if your battery is dying is to notice your clock lagging.

    This is also a simple A+ core question.
    Last edited by SpudNuts; 12-28-2004 at 06:55 AM.

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    taking your battery out and seeing if the clock resets is the stupidest method of checking a battery i have ever heard of. If i misunderstand what you meant i aologize. I passed my a+ and was never presented with a question like that.

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    My bad, that didn't make sense at all. Quick post doesn't give the option to review my post and I screwed that one up. Sorry about that.
    Last edited by SpudNuts; 12-28-2004 at 09:16 AM.

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    np just wanted to make sure i was following.

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    Yeah, dislecsic moment here.

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