Updating ESCD.... "and then nothing"

Posted on 2006-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have a MSI 661FM3 board with a intel 3.06Ghz. Celeron D 345J processor.
After building the system, I needed to swap out the processor with a 2.8 ghz. celeron D 336 processor.  Nothing else changed.  Since the exchange, the computer will not get past the following screen"Updating ESCD..."  I tried to get information from another post here at, but they guy gave up right before i could get to the helpful information.  Any suggestions?
Question by:NCSAV
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    is the processor compatible for that motherboard?
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    can't rule out DOA processor.
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    by:Mohammed Hamada
    The ESCD area is a special part of your BIOS's CMOS memory, where BIOS settings are held. This area of memory is used to hold configuration information for the hardware in your system. At boot time the BIOS checks this area of memory and if no changes have occurred since the last bootup, it knows it doesn't need to configure anything and skips that portion of the boot process.

    At times the Extended System Configuration Data update will fail in the BIOS as the system boots. The problem occurs with AMI and Award BIOS versions that used a poor method to prevent using compressed BIOS code while updating ESCD (Extended System Configuration Data) memory area in the BIOS. This has, for the most part, been eliminated in the PnP Bios releases.

    You can manually "reset" the configuration of the computer's ESCD, If your BIOS setup support this setting...
    On some motherboards operating with EDO memory you can also try Enabling the EDO DRAM install option which is found in the Chipset Features section of the BIOS. As a last alternative try disabling the external cache which is also located in the BIOS. For M-technology motherboards you might have to set the bios jumpers to program mode (or 5V Flash mode).

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    your bios need to be flashed and updated for the new chip.
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    bios is the right track, I would reset the bios first before I flash it.

    pull the power, then the battery, and then short the cmos jumper for a few seconds. this should reset it, and then replace battery and power. then try.
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    Why not just go into the BIOS and see if you can MANUALLY change the CPU speed and multiplier settings to work with the new CPU?  To do this, you may have to turn off, short out the CMOS jumper next to the CMOs battery for 1 minute, then replace to original position, then go straight into BIOS.  If there is no manual change possible, or doesnt work, set to factory defaults (BIOS choice) and if the MB runs the CPU slower than you want, guess what?  You have discovered that the MB wont run this chip to full capacity.
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    Maybe, just maybe, in this case do not forget to also update your motherboards chipset drivers(not the same as BIOS flashing)
    From another computer, go to the manufacture's website and burn a CD with updated chipset drivers.

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    i could not fully solve this problem because i could not get the 2.8 chip to work.  I had to put the 3.06 chip back in and pull the battery and short the pins to get the board to come back to life.  Thanks all for the effort...

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