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Old 03-16-2007, 08:08 PM   #1
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BIOS error when booting up System


Hey folks

I have a systme bios error when booting up my Computer. My computer is a Compaq presario ( 32 bit) I have both windows XP and Linux OS installed I run a Niv Gforce 5500 G card and have 512 ram. However recently my system would lock up. when running a Gateware bios my system fan was at 0 rpm and i seen no real error So i ran a linux bios I got dev/logvolerror 100. I may need to re type that because i dont have the error with me on hand as i am at my Job. However if anyone might have suggestion I would greatly appreaciate any help.



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Old 03-16-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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It would help very much if you could give us the exact error message, as there's not a lot to go on in your post. if your system is locking up a lot that could be a sign of overheating. can you open up the case and make sure that the case and CPU fans are operating normally. Also check that air vents and the like are not clogged.
 
Old 03-16-2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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You should post what specific BIOS error you get when you boot.

If you are getting a BIOS bootup error ... how are you able to boot an Operating System such as Windows or Linux ??
 
Old 03-16-2007, 10:19 PM   #4
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I think he got mixed up between a BIOS and an operating system
since one computer can only run one type of BIOS
so from my best estimate he means that he has a boot error when he tries to boot up an operating system
 
Old 03-17-2007, 12:42 AM   #5
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There is no such thing as a "Gateware bios" or a "linux bios". My guess is that you ran some application that makes changes to the actual bios which is either an AMI or Pheonix, probably AMI. You'll need to have a look at the actual bios to see what changes have been made. In a Compaq this is usually done by accessing "System setup", either by hitting F10 or F1 when the Compaq splash appears early in the boot process, most often there is something in the splash telling you what to do to access system setup. Some times you have to access it via "All programs, Compaq resources" or similar where you can also create a Compaq recovery tools CD which will also enable access to the bios settings where it appears changes have been made. It may be necessary to take it to the dealership where you got it to have them look over the settings as this is not an area for the in-experienced.
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:02 AM   #6
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It is also possible that there is nothing wrong and these applications should be shelved, don't play with bios settings if there is nothing wrong. And usually with HP Compaq, there should never be a need to go there. The only time you need to make changes in bios setting is when you add/change hardware components or need to change boot sequence or re-vamp after replacing cmos battery. Tweaking the bios to "overclock" or as the software will put it, "optimize performance", will usually produce more grief than good.

Also, the freeze ups may be attributed to nvidia drivers from nvidia in Linux. If you have freeze ups in Windows also, I don't know what to recommend. My laptop had the same problems the other day when I applied all updates in Mandriva 2007 32 bit, it would freeze. I had to re-build Windows as it would freeze also and the fan would speed up. I started from scratch with Mandriva also, no problems right now but I expect some when I do the updates in Mandriva, I plan on doing a process of elimination to find which update does this.

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Old 03-17-2007, 11:13 AM   #7
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Alright I will bring the exact error.


Sorry I call anything microsoft gateware and Linux well Linux.
The Linux os is fedora

My system is able to boot up on the XP os. However on the linux OS WHen booting up it shows whats running and then shows a error then kicks off to a full page Black screen that request password And wont allow you to type anything in so you end up having to restart the computer. However when in the XP OS. I can do about anything in safe mode but when not in safe mode. It will lock up in the end. I popped the topped and found both the processor fan and the power box Fan were running fine. There was no other fan. I figure I will install a 3rd fan to see if it is overheating. However I also Found weird. Was when installing BF2 it didnt lockup at all until the 5th disk and i was doing a mic check. another time when I opened Belarc advisor it locked up right away.

As for the Code Like i said I will bring it here in my next post.


I hope some of this info helps.


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Old 03-17-2007, 01:56 PM   #8
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It sounds like there may be a hardware problem unrelated to the fans that you need to figure out. Another possible cause of lock-ups is bad RAM. Can you run memtest86 (it's a free download from www.memtest86.com ) on the system to see if that's the case? if not it could also be the processor -- try running one of the various processor stress tests available off the net.

If that doesn't enlighten the situation, try booting off a clean environment such as a Knoppix LiveCD and see if you still have problems.

BTW, when Linux boots to a black screen w/ a login prompt that is normal if X Windows isn't configured correctly. Strange you can't type anything though -- what sort of keyboard do you have?
 
Old 03-17-2007, 04:41 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by btmiller
It sounds like there may be a hardware problem unrelated to the fans that you need to figure out. Another possible cause of lock-ups is bad RAM. Can you run memtest86 (it's a free download from www.memtest86.com ) on the system to see if that's the case? if not it could also be the processor -- try running one of the various processor stress tests available off the net.

If that doesn't enlighten the situation, try booting off a clean environment such as a Knoppix LiveCD and see if you still have problems.

BTW, when Linux boots to a black screen w/ a login prompt that is normal if X Windows isn't configured correctly. Strange you can't type anything though -- what sort of keyboard do you have?
Thanks mate i will check that out i have the fedora error Now.


here is it. Linux Fedora error dev/volgrouplogVO100. I might have missed a dash I cant remember my hand writing when in a rush to right stuff down. However this is the error. Normaly the Linux OS pinpoints the exact problem. However i dont know anything about linux errors so i tend to drop in or ask my Friends who do since no one did i popped in here .

Any ideas what this error is
 
Old 03-19-2007, 11:26 AM   #10
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?? no one ever seen this error ?
 
Old 03-19-2007, 12:53 PM   #11
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http://www.google.com/search?q=dev%2...en-US:official

Try those pages and see if there's anything relevant. That does seem to be an obscure error message.. VO100 returned weird stuff, including electrical parts and surgical devices <scratching head>

On the serious side, a brief look at a few of those pages seems to have a couple commonalities: LVM (logical volume manager), Windows, and GRUB.
Go figger!?
Best of luck; let us know if you come up with anything.

PS - Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as a Linux BIOS. Look:
http://linuxbios.org/index.php/Main_Page

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