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Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

Dear Techies: After a recent power "burp" my machine turned off. Upon trying to get the machine to boot (XP Home, SP2, Dimension 3100, Bios Version 1.1 A04) The following error msg came up: "Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [lthr]" I can get the machie boot....any ideas??? Thanks! BWET
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ManyDimensions
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

bwet
 
You might want to try this..........
 
Boot failed at checkpoint Ithr -- this solution works for me
My Dimension 4700 (P4 2.8 with HT, 1.0 GB RAM, 80 GB SATA HD, Windows XP
Home Edition SP2) has been giving me some problems for quite a while now
with regards to the above referenced error. It will simply not POST at all.
The cryptic error evidently references some kind of temperature monitoring
of the Intel processor.

All the information I have gathered so far indicate anything from faulty USB
cards to a failing motherboard to a bad RAM chip. I have no idea what is
causing the problem, which seems to be very common with these units. But I
do know what makes it boot again.

I unplug the tower and rip off the side panel. Depress the power switch for
about five seconds to bleed off any latent power in the system, pop out the
battery and wait a few minutes. Pop the battery back in, button up the
tower and plug in the power cord, keyboard and mouse and monitor. Power up
the system and it boots. It has done this three times in the last seven or
eight months and this routine has fixed it every time.

You have to get into the BIOS and tell it to disable the onboard audio,
forget about any floppy drives, and set the clock. It forgets all this
information, apparently, when you leave the battery out for a few minutes.
I hope this information will be of some assistance to someone who is having
this issue. It took me about a week to find all the information the first
time this happened.
 
MD
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RoHe
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

You may also need to replace the battery with a fresh one after removing the old one. If you press/hold the power button on front of tower for ~15 sec after removing the battery, you're good to reinstall it and try booting.

Ron

Ron

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I am not a Dell employee

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bwet
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]


RoHe wrote: You may also need to replace the battery with a fresh one after removing the old one. If you press/hold the power button on front of tower for ~15 sec after removing the battery, you're good to reinstall it and try booting. Ron
Hi All: We have gotten the BIOS to boot and noted that the fan had stopped working (duh). This caused some overheating. Non the question is what is the procedure for getting a P/N on a new fan? rtms or ??? Thanks BWET
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RoHe
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

Contact Dell Spare Parts with your service tag number. They should be able to fix you up with the right fam.

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/DellPartsFamily.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1

Ron

Ron

Forum Member since 2004
I am not a Dell employee

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portow
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

I had a 12+ hour power outage today due to work where I live and now I'm getting the lthr error on my Dimension 8200 as well. Could it be battery related? I'm getting a single beep when I boot up and the status lights are A-yellow B-yellow C-green D-Green.

Message Edited by portow on 09-23-2007 08:17 PM
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RoHe
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

portow

Disconnect PC from mains
Press/hold power button for ~15 sec
Open case and remove battery
Press/hold power button again
Reinstall battery (right side up!)
Close case
Reboot.

Ron

Ron

Forum Member since 2004
I am not a Dell employee

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portow
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

Ah! This afternoon I recalled something similar happening before and it having to do with my USB devices. I unplugged all my USB devices (including the keyboard and mouse), powered up and ta~da - I booted up fine. Replugged USB Keyboard and mouse, making sure the keyboard is the first device and the mouse the second device and I'm as good as new. Thanks for the tip, though, Ron. I'll keep it in mind if my "USB fix" doesn't work again.

Message Edited by portow on 09-24-2007 08:54 PM
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

I'm getting the Error at Checkpoint [lthr] message also, but the machine keeps rebooting every couple of seconds so it took a while to get the whole error message.
 
I tried powering off and removing all USB devices and powering on again, no change.
 
I tried powering off, unplugging, discharge, battery removal, discharge again, wait a while, replace battery, power on... no change.
 
 
Also, this is a new board/processor combo we just installed because of some warranty issue. I'm new to helping this particular department out, so I don't have access currently to the trouble ticket with Dell and the warranty's out right now so I don't think they'll assist if I remember correctly.
 
Any ideas?
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RoHe
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Re: Bios Boot Error at Checkpoint [lthr]

StevieRaveOn

Always include the system model in your posts. Smiley Sad

New mobo and Pentium? Or just a new combination? Are you sure the combination is compatible? Did this combo ever work, or DOA out of their boxes?

Only "sure" fix I know for that BIOS error message (assuming not a hardware failure) is forced reset of BIOS which is what you did by pulling the battery and holding the power button on the tower.

Ron

Ron

Forum Member since 2004
I am not a Dell employee

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