"...Can't write ESCD !"

When booting my Pentium III PC, just before the "Starting Windows..." I get "...Can't write ESCD" with a click, and it goes on OK.
How should I eliminate (=solve) this annoying "...Can't write ESCD" which is probably connected to the BIOS ?
motizAsked:
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motizAuthor Commented:
Edited text of question.
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larrypaloozaCommented:
In Bios be sure you are set as Plug and Play O/S... ENABLED.  I know there is a reference to ESCD in Device Manager under the little system icon, in the properties of Plug and Play Bios.
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MrbreezeCommented:
Also set the ESCD to Enabled. It will reset the settings for the Pnp and then disable itself on the next bootup.
ESCD is Extended System Configuration Data and it contains the IRQ, DMA, I/O Port and Memory of the system. It is a feature specific to Plug and Play BIOS.
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oldgreyguyCommented:
if its an ASUS board, I have found serial port configs sometimes cause this, especially if you are using a real (with jumpers) modem
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mrquijaCommented:
Make sure your settings in the bios are correct.

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motizAuthor Commented:
It didn't solve the problem.
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gurumaartenCommented:
Please check the following..:
http://www.techadvice.com/tech/E/ESCD.htm
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motizAuthor Commented:
The site is nice, but I tried several things there, with no results regarding my problem
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gurumaartenCommented:
Are you sure there's no jumper present on the systems motherboard that currently writeprocects the ESCD-area??
Can you try to find an up-to-date biosversion and simply reflash it?
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motizAuthor Commented:
The problem begun suddenly, without touching in any way the motherboard.
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gurumaartenCommented:
Did you install additional hardware in the system?
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motizAuthor Commented:
For gurumaarten
No additional h/w
Thanks
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singlebyteCommented:
This is what ASUS site says:

Q5."ERROR: Can't write ESCD" appears when I boot my system. What is wrong?

A : If you didn't change any hardware configuration before the error message, there might be something wrong with the BIOS flash chip. Please load the setup default and see if it helps. If the error message still exists, please ask your local dealer to check the problem for you.


Refrences:

http://computing.net/windows95/wwwboard/forum/9109.html

http://www.asus.com/products/techref/faq/mbmm/mbmm9909.html

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singlebyteCommented:
Summary:

Bios chip is bad or corrupt.  You may be able to re-flash (update)the bios chip.
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motizAuthor Commented:
For singlebyte:
How do I replace the BIOS ?
Thanks
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singlebyteCommented:
Standy by and I will find some sites for you.  
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singlebyteCommented:
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singlebyteCommented:
I just noticed that question #3 answered by ASUS says they will replace your BIOS for $25 if it cannot be flash repaired.  This is probably the best "hastle free" option.  Twenty five dollars is also a decent price.


http://www.asus.com/products/techref/faq/mbmm/mbmm9909.html
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motizAuthor Commented:
Question to 'singlebyte'
My system is still working, so I wouldn't replace my BIOS at this stage. Nevertheless, your answer was the best and it gave me some ideas. Therefore, you desrve 9at least) 15 points.
Thank you
motiz
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motizAuthor Commented:
Question to 'singlebyte'
My system is still working, so I wouldn't replace my BIOS at this stage. Nevertheless, your answer was the best and it gave me some ideas. Therefore, you desrve 9at least) 15 points.
Thank you
motiz
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singlebyteCommented:
Glad it helped a little...

Singleybyte
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