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Award BIOS post code 25

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I have a PC that won't boot. My PCI post card stops code 25. So far I have changed out AGP video cards, stripped the computer down so all that was attached was the hard drive and video card, swapped out power supplies, pulled the CMOS battery, unplugged and re-plugged the keyboard and mouse (about 10 times!). Still, no boot and post code 25. Does anyone have any ideas??
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Oh, I neglected to mention: all was working fine but I was in the process of booting from a floppy when I turned the power off. Then when I turned the power back on, I had the problem.

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Award post code 25 => BGA Error --> Change graphic cards or unplug card and plug card back in again.
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>>   I have changed out AGP video cards  << try a PCI one
>>  all that was attached was the hard drive and video card  <<  try without disk; can you boot from a cd?
it can be a bad cpu, but let's wait for that conclusion (or mobo even)
try booting from BartPE, or knoppix cd :
knoppix :  ftp://ftp.uni-kl.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V4.0.2CD-2005-09-23-EN.iso
BartPe   :  www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/       

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I already changed out AGP cards and tried a simple 8 MB PCI video card. No luck. I will look into booting from Knoppix.
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if knoppix boots  ok, your hard should be ok.

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No go with knoppix. The CD and the fans are about the only things spinning up. I had put a floppy in the drive, and it didn't even register. I do believe I have a faulty mobo and or processor...

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"....but I was in the process of booting from a floppy when I turned the power off. Then when I turned the power back on, I had the problem." .... were you trying to flash bios? If so, no wonder why. If not, what is exactly in floppy disk that you tried to boot from? Give more detail so experts can help you better.

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There was an installation of windows 2000 on the hard drive, and I was using a windows 98 boot disk to fdisk and reformat the HD.

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look here. this is what I found.
http://bioscentral.com/postcodes/awardbios.htm

sounds like ram.

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change the ram.
25  Extended memory tested

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http://siliconsonic.de/t/PCI-POSTcode_display.pdf

this page says dma irq conroller

again looks like ram.

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I changed the RAM, still nothing. All the fans and LEDs work, CDs spin up in the CD ROM drive, but nothing else.

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Award BIOS 25 code simply says "reserved"

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it depends on what bios version it is.

AWARD Version 3.3 BIOS:
25 Extended memory tested
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that's why I threw all the post cards out in my shop.

the bottom line is you've tested everything.

you're down to the hdd, motherboard or processor.

pull the hdd cable and all eide cables from motherboard and boot.

if still no love then you're down to the processor and mobo.

look at the motherboard and look for any leaking or burnt capacitors or mosfits.
 after that pull the proc. and test it on another mobo.

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The hard drive is fine. So, I was hoping for a miracle, but it looks like it is what I feared all along: bad MB/CPU. I will divide the points for this question between the two most helpful participants. Thanks you!

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thanks for the points.

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Keyboard still asleep but I think bgbeer has pointed me in the right direction and will try an extended memory test. Thanks
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