BIOS not installed?

January 29, 2010 at 12:08:14
Specs: Windows XP HomeXP3, Pentium 4 and 1.5gb
When I start my pc I get following message: Hardware initiated failed. Please check device!!! The BIOS does not be installed. (funny english). Press (g) to continue.

I press g and pc goes black for 4 minutes before it slowly starts up. My pc is VERRRRY slow altogether and last night it just went dead onme and restarted on its own.

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#1
January 29, 2010 at 14:11:51
The strange English makes me think of a virus, as does the slow running speed. If you can get it to stay up long enough run all your AV and anti-malware scans. Download the free version of MalwareBytes and see if that finds anything.

some other bloke...


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January 29, 2010 at 14:20:44
Hi Derek. TGhanks for the advice. I will try that and report back. I have the AVG 8.5 virus program which I run regularly and also Superspyware, but I will run them all again. Thanks.

Dawie

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#3
January 29, 2010 at 14:33:17
Unless the bios is virus what is happening when the OS loads has nothing to do with the message.

This is a normal message if you have a hardware interface not used. For example my xp box has a builtin fasttrack drive controller which I am not using. I get that message everytime but don't have to hit a key.

Dawie make sure your system is dust free inside, not overheading, bios is reporting correct cpu mhz and memory, and all the hardware componets are working. if having done so and you still get the message ignore it. It has nothing to do with your slowness.


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#4
January 29, 2010 at 14:57:19
wanderer

Just curious. Can I assume that at some time you have run into the message "The BIOS does not be installed"? Dawie commented on the funny English so presumably it was verbatim. It sure struck me as a very odd turn of phrase - hence the suspicion. It made me wonder whether it really was coming from BIOS.

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#5
January 29, 2010 at 15:14:43
Depending on manufacturing site you can get some interesting english translations which is what this sounds like. This message could be coming from the mainboard bios or that of an add in card.

it would be interesting to know what device the message is referring to.


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#6
January 29, 2010 at 15:21:40
wanderer

I seem to have missed out on error messages with bad translations.
You live and learn then - thx for the info.

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#7
January 29, 2010 at 17:39:16
Wonder if bios is trying to cache and that is why it says that?

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#8
January 30, 2010 at 14:55:30
Yes thanks guys for your comments. Just to add. I did a virus check using my AVG version 8.5 and even then it stops start, stops start. It scans for about 3 seconds and freezesfor about 20 seconds. This process continues. I then did a defrag on all my HDDs and I must say it's running smoother. I even did another scan with AVG and this time it was running ok. I found no virusses. Over a long period I have found that the longer I work on the pc the louder and faster the power supply seems to go and I also believe it might be overheating as well. I recently had to replace the power supplyWanderer I will give it a good dust up and check that all cards are fitted correctly and that other hardware are working as pr normal. But thanks guys I will keep on working at my problem and keep you posted. Wonder if I shouldn't replace the battery for a change although my clock is ticking just fine.

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#9
February 2, 2010 at 00:36:45
A report back. I did the following:
1. moved all personal files to a removable HDD which cleared my 3 HDD's.
2. I ran AVG and Spybot. Nothing was found.
3. I removed redundunt programs through the control panel.
4. I defragged all drives.

End result is:

1. Start up is quicker BUT!

2. When scanning through a page it moves stop start, stop start without me doing anything untoward. The hourglass comes on almost every 15 seconds, stays on(at this point evrything stops) for about 6 seconds and so the process goes on. Browsing a page is thus a nightmare. Same goes for right clicking something to download with Star Downloader. At least between 6 and 10 seconds you just sit and wait...

Any further suggestions would be appreciated.

Dawie

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