[clug] F7 boot kills BIOS

Eyal Lebedinsky eyal at eyal.emu.id.au
Sun Oct 21 08:29:15 GMT 2007

Just installed fresh fedora 7, off the DVD, no updates yet.

At boot time, soon after the graphics progress window comes up, the machine stops
with blinking CapsLock and ScrollLock. This, I understand, means the kernel decided
to die.

But the more interesting bit:

Pressing the reset button causes POST to immediately say the BIOS checksum is bad
and it then starts a BIOS recovery, waiting for a floppy or a CD.

Power cycling the machine starts a proper cold boot (which inevitably fails again).

I never had a good boot yet.

memtest passed an all-night run.

Knoppix 5.1.1 DVD also dies, and a reset does nothing. When dead, the (text)
screen starts showing noise: small , flickering dashed that seem to be aligned

Knoppix 4.0.2 CD (2 years old now) boots OK, no problem at all.

I use the on-board nVidia video. CPU is an AMD athlon-64 3500+.

What boot options should I try to (possibly) get past this?

Eyal Lebedinsky	(eyal at eyal.emu.id.au)

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