[NBLUG/talk] BIOS -failed update - help

Glen Gunsalus g-gunsalus at mindspring.com
Thu Jan 13 22:35:59 PST 2005

The short answer is no.

It's pretty clear the flash program erased the entire chip including the boot block which is in the last 16kbytes of the chip.   Thus, the trick that worked for the URL reference you passed along did not work.  I guess it's the difference in the way AMI and AWARD do their flashing.  The AMI must not erase/rewrite the boot block so you can still boot the floppy and retry.

Even though I have a boot disk, both original and "new" (as well as a couple other) BIOS images for the motherboard and a couple of versions of award flash program, they're useless if you can't get your motherboard to see the floppy (or anything else).

Another subscriber to the list volunteered his flash/eprom programmer to give it a try, but the BIOS chip in my board is ~6 years old - 40-pin and he didn't have the appropriate personality module to do the progamming.

Soooo..... gave it the old college try.   As much as I hate to consider it, it looks like it's time to shop for another motherboard.  Pity, it's a dual processor with on-board adaptec scsi controller and the bulk of my stuff is on scsi disks.

Thanks for your interest.

Cheers,  Glen 

-----Original Message-----
From: Justin Thiessen <thiessen at sonic.net>
Sent: Jan 12, 2005 12:06 AM
To: "General NBLUG chatter about anything Linux, answers to questions,
	etc." <talk at nblug.org>
Subject: Re: [NBLUG/talk] BIOS -failed update - help

On Fri, Jan 07, 2005 at 07:50:24AM -0800, Glen Gunsalus wrote:
> Sorry if this is considered off topic, but my linux box is out of 
> commission and I'm clutching for resources just now.

<snip tale of woe>


Any luck reflashing your BIOS?


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