Solved Why does My Gateway 2000 give me a SVRAM error at boot?

December 26, 2014 at 19:52:24
Specs: Microsoft Windows 95, Intel Pentium Pro 180 Mhz / 64 Mb EDO Ram

I have a Gateway 2000 tower PC model G6-180. It has an Intel Pentium Pro running at 180 Mhz. with 64 Mb of EDO Mode RAM. My problem is whenever I start up the computer, after it initializes the drives, It give me this error message:

"NVRAM Checksum error, NVRAM cleared"
"NVRAM Data Invalid, NVRAM cleared"
"Press <F1> for Setup <ESC> to Boot"

I tried replacing the CMOS battery, resetting the BIOS using the jumpers on the board, and resetting the BIOS to factory defaults within the BIOS setup, but this message will not go away. I also tried the RAM in several other machines and the RAM worked fine. I tried different sticks in this machine but it still gives me the same error message. Anyone have a solution? It is going to drive me nuts seeing that error on every boot.

Thank you.

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December 26, 2014 at 23:11:07
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NVRAM = None Volatile RAM, which is on the CMOS chip, and that contains your BIOS settings. So that error is definitely related to the CMOS.

Nothing to do with system RAM.

My guess is your mobo is faulty if you tried all those things in your post with no success.

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December 27, 2014 at 00:01:08
Did you make any changes to the hardware attached to the motherboard or the motherboard itself? Did you do a bios upgrade?

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December 27, 2014 at 04:53:59
Have you pressed F1 key and go through the BIOS settings?
Save the setting in the end. The PC will restart and hopefully will have a correct checksum.

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December 27, 2014 at 08:50:06
No "one size fits all" BIOS reset is going to work with all the possible hardware configurations, that's why the BIOS should be manually configured. BIOS defaults are never the best settings, they are a starting point or a fail-safe point. Run thru each & every setting & adjust as necessary, & make sure to save your changes before you exit.

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December 27, 2014 at 18:56:54
I did press F1 and I tried different settings within the BIOS and I still have the errors.

"Like car accidents, most computer problems are due to driver error."

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