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BIOS error

by kwokwai -space4english / February 23, 2006 4:47 PM PST

I am using Win98.
The system performed well yesterday, but when I turned it on this morning, an error showed in the screen:

"0327296 KB Memory Good"
"CPU BIOS Update Code Mismatch"
"Equipment Configuration Error"

I pressed F1, and I could go into DeskTop as usual.

Please help if you could!

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Re: BIOS error
by Kees Bakker / February 23, 2006 8:33 PM PST
In reply to: BIOS error


Some information about this error (after you put a new CPU in) from Acer (just for Acer computers) in

I agree with the general line of remarks I found on google for this error. If you didn't change the CPU (and you explicitly state you didn't do anything, so I assume it's the same CPU as yesterday) this points to some hardware issue either with the CPU or the motherboard. Things to try:
- go into the BIOS and reset it to it's defaults
- flash the BIOS (= install new copy of BIOS), see your computer manual on how to do it
- have the CPU replaced
- have the motherboard replaced
Putting a new battery in the motherboard might help to prevent the error from re-occurring.

Or accept the situation if it's a one-time error only. Or accept the situation if it occurs at every boot, but doesn't have any dire consequences for the functioning of your machine.

I expect people like Bob Proffitt or reefurbb (both more hardwarea oriented than I am) to give additional remarks. It's not a Windows 98 problem at all (totally OS-independent), so you might try the Computer Help forum if no definite answer comes here.


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sorry, but
by kwokwai -space4english / February 23, 2006 10:51 PM PST
In reply to: Re: BIOS error

I am sorry, but I didn't replace any hardware or install new software recently.
I just visited Yahoo and CNET Forums Yesterday night, and turned off the PC and then zzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZ...

When I turned the PC on this morning, I could hear the MB just beeping, and I finally found that it was due to loose connection of cable between PC and the Monitor.
After I fixed this issue, the PC stopped beep but showed me the error message!

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Gold medal for Kees...
by reefurbb / February 23, 2006 9:49 PM PST
In reply to: BIOS error

What IS your PC (not an Acer?)? The mobo might be a clue, if a junky type.
More like...what are your ram sticks? Looks like a 256mb-64mb combo?
Anyhow, looks like PC 66 or PC 100, and your PC is a PII...?mhz or . Have a GOOD floppy; download memtest86; BATch it to the floppy; run it.
Unless you have a K6-2 AMD processor, I suspect one of your ram sticks is acting up. Have one in at a time for test, or see if one stick causes the BIOS error and the other one doesn't. It takes awhile to run 1 full pass.
Bad ram can begin to cause data errors that you shouldn't have Scandisk fix until you find the problem.
I've only seen 1 bad Intel PII, but 4 bad K6-2.

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by kwokwai -space4english / February 23, 2006 10:59 PM PST
In reply to: Gold medal for Kees...

I think the MB should be Acer and my PC has got a Acer brand-name.
For the RAM issue, I have got such the combination:
1 PC-100 64MB, 2 PC-133 128MB, but I never encountered any problem due to such the config. since 2003...

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I advised you about the ram...
by reefurbb / February 24, 2006 12:52 PM PST
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as testing is free and the easiest to check first. You still haven't stated the processor.
If, after much more checking, it turns out to be the mobo, most Acers I've seen are mechanically proprietary, can't use a generic replacement.
Ram can go bad at any time....
Except I can't remember seeing a 72pin stick go bad.

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Nod to Kees...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2006 10:49 PM PST
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I agree with that assessment. It's a great summation of what is written about that message.


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by reefurbb / February 24, 2006 2:02 PM PST
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you have PII or celeron or PIII, up to 600mhz.
Mobo has a riser slot for the riser board with all PCi-Isa slots. It means you won't find a generic replacement except from Acer ($$).
After you test the RAM, 1 at a time, it's probably the mobo (with all the problems of your posts).
PII and PIII usually don't go bad.
But the power supply is low output (130w?) and you next need to check all power supply voltages with a good digital voltmeter.

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Pentium(r) II Processor
by kwokwai -space4english / February 25, 2006 12:33 AM PST


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Such old system may fail.
by Kees Bakker / February 25, 2006 6:56 AM PST

Might be time for another one.


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you must be kidding...
by kwokwai -space4english / February 26, 2006 12:47 AM PST

I think I couldn't afford to have a new PC, even thought they are no longer expensive!

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you must be kidding...
by kwokwai -space4english / February 26, 2006 12:49 AM PST

I think I couldn't afford to have a new PC, even thought they are no longer expensive!

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Then repair what you have?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2006 12:52 AM PST
In reply to: you must be kidding...

The spare parts market is very active. It's part of the game in maintaining such an elder machine.


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Such old systems may fail.
by Kees Bakker / February 25, 2006 6:57 AM PST

Might be time for another one.


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oh Kees...oh Kees...
by reefurbb / February 25, 2006 9:18 PM PST

If Kwokwai would test the ram and power supply and see okay, I would agree wit ya, but PII 233mhz is still viable for W2k because M$ now offers some bells and whistles of the XP class and more drivers are availible for older stuff, unlike a few years ago; and newer stuff having drivers for XP are now offering ones for W2k also. At some point already or soon, drivers for new PC's to revert to W98SE will not be availible.

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what is it about for P II CPU, Intel MMX(TM)
by kwokwai -space4english / February 26, 2006 12:52 AM PST

On startup, there are a few infos about my PC config...
I could see PIII with 500MHZ, I wonder if the CPU's really running 500MHZ or slower than that...

Any ideas?

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it really is 500mhz...
by reefurbb / February 26, 2006 8:10 AM PST

Google for "wcpuid utility", download, unzip (or use winrar) and run it from the folder. It clocks yer processor to .0x mhz. Free, just as memtest86 is, which you haven't used yet. Your choice I guess.
There's 95% chance there is nuttin' wrong with yer PIII 500mhz processor.
Google for "belarc adviser" which must be installed, free. It will inventory a lot about yer PC. Once the inventory web page comes up, you can go to "file" "save as" "web page only" to future view results.

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