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I was using my computer and then my monitor went black and displayed the following lines :

A8VMX.ROM can't be found
looking for cd-rom
cd-rom found
A8VMX.ROM can't be found on cd-rom
looking for floppy

And my motherboard model is A8VMX.

So what does it mean ? Motherboard is dead ? Or a simple reinstall of windows XP should do the trick ?

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It does sound like your bios is damaged and that your motherboard is trying to auto-repair. This is a feature on many of Asus motherboards, here's the description from their website.

CrashFree BIOS 2 Whenever BIOS gets corrupted, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 allows users to reboot the computer and perform an smart auto-recovery procedure through the motherboard support CD.

Try inserting your motherboard CD and reboot, it should auto-repair. If it doesn't your motherboard may very well be broken.

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Thank you ! It worked. – Philippe Carriere Oct 3 '09 at 17:18

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