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System Flash Rom Image Has Been Corrupted


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#1 Jove

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 02:16 PM

I want to upgrade my RAM, and have decided a little research would be worth while,

My computer info;
Compaq Presario 4403US ( Systems Model )
OS: Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 1
128 MB of RAM


I have visited my computer manufacturers web site and have run into a problem, when following their directions for accessing the BIOS, as follows;

Turn on the computer and immediately press the F1 or F10 key repeatedly until a BIOS Setup Screen appears (some computers may use a different key, such as Esc, or F3).


Since, I do not know what a BIOS Screen looks like, and really would like to know but can not find any info. I have decided to ask about the following;

I get a screen on two of these but have not been able to access the information from one screen, (pressing F10), although there seems to be some utility information there but, nothing that refers to;
Memory Banks, etc.

The other screen, (pressing Esc), I get a dark screen reading;

Boot Block Emergency Recovery Mode
The system Flash ROM Image has been corrupted.
Please Inser a ROMaq diskette into driveA: and cycle the power-on the system.
A Romaq diskette may be obtained from, etc.


Can anyone explain ?

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 04:38 PM

Hey! Everybody,

I am posting this material not because I have found all the facts for the solution but for your informations, as I am still trying to understand what this all means,

I am still interested in your possible answers for what a BIOS screen should look like for my model computer.

Compaq Presario 4403US ( Systems Model )
OS: Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 1
128 MB of RAM

Any assistance that you may offer concerning the following advisory and instructions would also be appreciated.

Do you or have you used Computer Doctor ?


The following informations were found on or derived from the following site;
http://h10061.www1.hp.com/ccsearch/search?...&submit.y=7


Presario Desktop Models System ROM Update (686P9 Family ROM)
Compaq Presario 4403US Desktop PC

Step 1: Do you need to update?

Release Date: 2002-06-25 Version: 1.11 (06/13/02) A

Description

ROMPaqs are not OS specific, but your factory warranty covers technical support for the originally installed OS only. Please refer to the text to insure that your model is listed. Installing this on a system that it is not designed for may render your computer useless.
Enhancements
Adds microcode update for new Celeron B1 processor stepping.

Step 2: Does your system meet the following?

Operating system(s): Microsoft Windows XP
Download file size: 1.77M

Step 3: Obtain software:


Installation Instructions

WARNING: DO NOT TURN OFF POWER OR ATTEMPT TO REBOOT THE COMPUTER
DURING THE UPGRADE PROCESS!!! Obtain a formatted 1.44-MB diskette
and place it in your A: drive. Download the SoftPaq to a directory
on your hard drive and change to that directory. The file that is
downloaded is an executable with a filename based on the SoftPaq
Number above. From that drive and directory, execute the downloaded
file and follow the on-screen instructions to build the ROMPaq
diskette. After the diskette has been created, you may delete the
SoftPaq file downloaded in step 2. NOTE: ROMPaq disk can be
recreated by running QRSTBATCH.BAT Place the newly created diskette
in the A: drive of the computer to be upgraded or restored and cycle
system power to boot from the ROMPaq diskette. Follow the on-screen
instructions to select the v1.11 Compaq System ROM and flash the
firmware.



Download file(s) to install later:
sp21143.exe 1/1 (908.24k)


Before you begin
Making a PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics diskette or disc
Using PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics
PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics failure codes


HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Using PC-Doctor Offline DOS Diagnostics to
Verify Hardware Problems

This document applies to HP and Compaq desktop PCs with Windows XP
andPC-Doctor diagnostic software.

PC-Doctor is a software tool that assists in diagnosing the PC for
possible hardware problems. This tool does not resolve hardware
problems directly, but it does help you discover what is wrong
with the PC by troubleshooting and isolating hardware issues.
This document provides information on how to download and create
a floppy diskette or optical disc (CD) that you use to run PC-Doctor
offline, that is, without starting Windows. For your reference,
this document also includes how to use the offline diagnostics
diskette or disc, and a list of the failure codes.

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 12:02 AM

According to Compaq, press the F10 key (repeatedly, if neccessary) when you see the initial "Logo" screen when you star the computer. That should get you into the BIOS setup utility.

Also, try pressing the Delete key, that may get you in.

On most computers. Pressing the Pause/Break key pauses the boot up process and often kicks you to the diagnostic screen that is usually hidden by the logo screen. On the diagnostic screen, it will tell you what key(s) to press to enter the setup utility.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:40 AM

Sounds to me like your BIOS has become corrupted. Try unplugging the computer, removing the CMOS batter (should be a shiny disk about the size of a nickel) and wait 30 minutes. Then put the battery back in, plug it in and boot it up. If you still can't access the BIOS you'll have to follow the advice about the "Please Inser a ROMaq diskette into driveA: and cycle the power-on the system. "
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:45 PM

And be careful when removing the battery! One time I accidentally snapped part of the thing that held the battery in place... it was a bad thig to do :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 09:56 AM

Thank you both, I will look into this and post progress.

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:08 AM

Using F10, I received the following blue screen reading as follows;

Compaq Computer Corporation Setup Utility


File Storage Sercurity Power Advanced

System Information
About
Set Time and Date
Save to Diskette
Restore Diskette
Set Default and Exit
Ignore Changes and Exit
Save Changes and Exit

When clicking System Information, I received the following screen;



System Information


Product Name Compaq Presario 440US
Processor Type Intel Celeron™ Processor 1400MHz
Processor Speed 1400/100 MHz
Processor Stepping 6B1
Cache Size (L1/L2) 32/256 KB
Memory Size 128MB/100MHz
Chasis Serial Number 3D26KPXCR03G
Asset Tracking Number 3D26KPXCR03G


However, when in the Compaq Upgrading RAM Instructions, they tell me to look for this;

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I am unable to find this type of information, . . Am I in the BIOS ?


As per compaq reply to my inquiry as follows;

As per the information you have provided, I see that your COMPAQ
PRESARIO 4403US came preinstalled with 128MB 133 MHz SyncDRAM with 2
Total DIMM Slots and can be upgraded to the maximum of 512MB (SyncDRAM
DIMM required).

They have told me what I am looking for, (basically), but where is this information located ?


Jove

Edited by Jove, 04 June 2007 - 11:09 AM.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 12:24 PM

Hey Hi !

Would you believe, I'm still untangling the puzzle and have not actually got to the BIOS screen to come up, so I'm going to check out that battery removale situation, . . but for now I am preparing to add the RAM Chip.

And, . . . . .

What I would like to know and have not yet found an answer anywhere else, is;

I just came back from staples and the sales person in charge of memory told me that the (2) DIM SLOTS MUST ALWAYS HOLD THE SAME SIZE MEMORY CHIPS, THEY ONLY HAD (2) 256 RAM CHIPS FOR AN UPGRADE OF 512 RAM, I NEED TO KNOW SINCE I HAVE AN EXISTING INSTALLED 128 RAM,
CAN I UPGRADE BY INSTALLING ANOTHER 128 RAM CHIP ?

JOVE

PS, I just got the answer, but thanks anyway !

Next, regarding the RAM upgrade, I have checked your system
specifications and came to know that your RAM can be upgraded upto 512MB
(SyncDRAM DIMM required). As you are already using 128MB stick, you can
go for one more 128MB stick or else replace the existing 128MB stick
with a single 256MB or 512MB stick. You can upgrade as per your
requirement.

Edited by Jove, 03 July 2007 - 12:26 PM.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 04:42 PM

Dear Friends,

What I do have is a new question's concerning my RAM upgrade, . .

As I am searching for the best deal I have come across more than one option and would like to determine the pertinence.

The following (2) Items are listed in Staples but are in question because although I purchased my computer from Staples, they have not listed the exact Model, "Compaq Presario 4403US", they list everything else in the world !

Item 554514Model PE158835 Edge 128MB PC2100 DDR Memory
128MB
PC2100 DDR
Price: Reg. $29.99
$22.49


Item 554520Model PE188399 Edge 128MB PC2700 DDR Memory
128MB
PC2700 DDR
Price: $19.99


The next has been chosen from a Compaq reccomended site;

128MB Compaq PC133 SDRAM DIMM (p/n KTC-EN133/128)

Price: $32.98
KTC-EN133/128 KTCEN133128


I am not up on the terms SDRAM, and DDR Memory etc.

But could you tell me which may be the better choice ?

For one thing I am fairly close to Office Depot, (which I have not checked yet), and Staples, . .
The last and most expensive is probably more reliable but it has to be ordered, etc.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 07:15 PM

The most reliable isn't from either place. You really want to stick with name brand memory. Crucial and Kingston are 2 that come to mind quick. Each site has a memory selector where you enter your computer info and it will tell you what type to get, max. amount supported, and so forth. Plus they have a guarantee
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 09:15 PM

Mark,

Thanks ! We have a match, . . . the, KTC-EN133/128 KTCEN133128, to the best of my knowledge,

actually is a Kingston and it is a few dollars cheaper.

So, thanks that was informative.

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