Solved Laptop boot Error: Checksum does not match computed checksum

August 23, 2013 at 10:36:04
Specs: Windows Vista 32-bit
when laptop boots up we get the error: The file header checksum does not match the computed checksum"
I've read through all of the previous help suggestions and none of these really apply. The laptop is plugged in as the battery is dead. Regardless I tried removing battery & starting & I get the same error. It will NOT boot to safe mode and if I tap F2 I can get into that diagnostics & nothing wrong is found. If I press F8 or F11 the laptop just beeps and does nothing. Only way to shut down laptop is hard shut down. It's running as I can hear it but it just will not go past the error. Is there any way to fix this or am I off the repair shop & probable expense. We do not have boot disc or repair disc nor any other pc that is running Vista.
Thank you

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#1
August 23, 2013 at 12:05:00
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Sounds like you may have bad RAM. If you have multiple memory sticks installed, try temporarily taking one out. Or try running memtest86 to see if any RAM errors are found.

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#2
August 23, 2013 at 14:46:25
ok, I will try. I've not taken a laptop apart so we'll see what I find. Thanks

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#3
August 23, 2013 at 15:19:39
I pulled out the top stick of ram & restarted laptop. It's going through startup repair as I type!
Hopefully this will solve the problem and I will just order a new stick of ram.
Thanks so much.

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#4
August 23, 2013 at 19:24:36
"I pulled out the top stick of ram"
Try it on it's own, just to prove it is faulty.

If it works, go into the bios & if you are running dual channel, change it to whatever options are available.
http://superuser.com/questions/4264...
Now put the other stick back in & test with the 2 sticks installed.

"I will just order a new stick of ram"
If you do need to go down that path, make sure it matches the other stick.

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