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Help, I've messed up a BIOS flash!!

Q: Help, I've messed up a BIOS flash!!

Eeeek!!! I was clearing out some old files and I have accidently run (from within XP) a BIOS flash utility for my old AOpen AX6BC mobo. MY current mobo is an MSI K8N Neo2. From what I can recall, the utility perfoms the BIOS flash the next time that the PC is rebooted. The file is called ax6bc110.exe. I have tried to delete the file both from Windows and from a Dos box, but I am being told that the file is in use. I have looked in Task Manager but I cannot find an entry that relates to this file.

Any help would be great (once you've stopped laughing!). I shall be leaving my PC on until I get this sorted!!


A: Help, I've messed up a BIOS flash!!

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Hi, Thanx to shuttles indescript site I have killed my AI61 motherboard, I thought I was getting an executable zip which was actually the flash program + rom and after opening BEEEEEP

Anyway I have a eeprom burner and this eeprom sst39sf020 is right in the list.

Can anyone email me the bios .bin file for this motherboard? (not the file from shuttles site but the old bios file ai61s017.bin so I can flash it using my eeprom burner)

Or at least tell me how to extract the .rom from the exe file shuttle sends

If I get the rom file I will be able to revive this nifty old 750!

PS it appears that shuttle quite sending *.bin bios updates a while ago but if anyone can find ai61s017.bin I would be gratefull


A:(solved) Shuttle AI61 messed up bios, where do I find a bios bin file?

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I am trying to change the boot device so I can install a clean version of Windows 10, but the bios resolution is off. On my screen I am only able to see the top half or so of the bios. My motherboard is an Asus P8Z68-V LE. Does anyone have any ideas?

A:Bios resolution messed up; can't navigate bios

If you have a PCI video card try removing it and using the onboard.

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Im working on a Toshiba Laptop A105-4284, Model #: PSAA8U-0FH02K that froze while trying to flash the BIOS, so I didnt know what else to do but shut it off. Now, when I try to boot it up, it gets stuck in the same place it did during the flashing; on the Toshiba splash screen with the status bar at the bottom showing about 20% complete. I cant get into the BIOS and cant boot into Windows. Other options available on this screen are Press F2 for System Settings and F12 for Boot Menu. Pressing F2 results in a beep and the status bar changing to "Please Wait..." but nothing else happens no matter how long I wait. Pressing F12 doesnt do anything. Pressing ESC takes me to a screen that shows the typical system info -- Phoenix Technologies Version 6.00; Intel Calistoga CRB.T3A Reference BIOS; VERSION.MAK 1.53; (looks like its running POST and recognizes CPU, Cores, No TPM or TPM has a problem, and system RAM and stops there. What is my best course of action?:

- shorting out the CMOS battery (I've tried this on the solder pads marked C88, with no laptop battery, with and without the wi-fi, ram and hdd installed; Im either doing it wrong or its just not working )
- trying to reflash BIOS chip (I tried this; turned the laptop on and held down the 'c' key to boot from cd, but still got stuck at the same place)
- replacing the BIOS chip
- something else?

Any guidance or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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A:Toshiba A105: Failed BIOS flash; now no BIOS access & won't boot

Im trying to figure out why I've had no replies yet.

Have I asked a stupidly easy question that everyone is rolling their eyes to and cant bear to tell me the answer? Or have I stumped everyone?

I have a hard time believing this is a stumper. I've found the same question posted elsewhere on the net and shorting the CMOS seemed to help. That or removing the battery altogether (its soldered to the board), but I dont think Im doing it right. Can someone give me directions on that?

or is this just a lost cause? :-/

Thanks in advance

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Hello everyone! I ama new user and i am coming up with this post as I couldn`t find any kind of solution for my problem.Recently I decided to do a reinstallation of my operating system, which also previously was Windows 7 Ultimate (x64). The installation went as usual, and after finishing it I went on to install all the latest drivers from the Lenovo site, for my product. When getting close to installing almost all the drivers i`ve needed, i stumbled upon a new version of the BIOS amnd the drivers and sfotware recommended for my laptop, by the producer. So i proceeded to install the upgrade, restarted the computer when it prompted me to do so, but after the so-called restart the laptop did not boot up as usual. At first it was telling me to not do anything as the BIOS is being flashed and then it was telling me something about some sort of image processing, things that i did not understand at the time (i have never encountered anything like that). After that my screen turned black. I have not done anything for a few couple of minutes as i thought it was supposed to be like that, but then i just force shut it down and unplugged the AC adapter. When trying to boot it all up again, the only thing i got was a black screen and nothing else.After doing a little bit of research it appears that, somehowm i`ve managed to corrupt the bios on my laptop or something, and nothing else would work at this point. I tried to remove the BIOS battery and the ram and then put them all back, trye... Read more

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Hi - Somehow I screwed up IE10 and now can't get Flash to work. Is there any way to just reinstall/refresh IE10 without having to refresh/reinstall all of Win8? I'm getting an error "Hulu requires Flash Player or higher. Please download and install the latest version of Flash Player before continuing." but installing doesn't affect IE10.

Under manage add-ons, it says Flash Plug is enabled but it's not working.

When I go to "get flash player", I get the error below but Flash Player is enabled.
<p>The Flash Player is disabled. Please enable the Flash Player as follows:</p> <ol> <li>Open IE on the Desktop</li> <li>From the <strong>Tools</strong> menu, click <strong>Manage add-ons</strong></li> <li>Select the Flash Player add-on</li> <li>Click <strong>Enable</strong></li> </ol> <p>If you don?t see the <strong>Tools</strong> menu, press and hold on the title bar, this will show the context menu, check the <strong>Menu bar</strong>.</p>
The Flash Player is disabled. Please enable the Flash Player as follows:
Open IE on the DesktopFrom the Tools menu, click Manage add-onsSelect the Flash Player add-onClick Enable
Any assistance which would let me avoid a refresh and having to re-install all my programs would be apprecia... Read more

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Hello Everyone,
So the other day I done the worst thing every, let someone else use my computer. They were needing it to fix their Iphone. Well when I got it back they had installed 9 random programs, Malwarebytes found 2 infected cookies, and 1 extension on Google chrome called privacy something (sadly I didn't write down the names of anything).  
After removing all that I think that my computer is still infected because I can run app on my phone sitting next to my computer and get 16Mbps and I only get 3Mbps on my computer. The ping and upload speeds are the same on both devices.
Also if i try to watch a flash video after a min or so the sound will stop then it will freeze. If switch it to or from full screen it will fix its self for a few more mins.
If any one could help me with this problem it would be greatly appreciated.

A:Slow Internet and messed up Flash

Is there anyone that can help?
Sorry to bump my own post but were it was moved I dunno if anyone has seen it.

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Today, AVG detected and cleaned Trojan Horse Spam Tool.BZK from my USB flash drive when I plugged it into my computer (I used the flash drive on somebody elses PC which must have been infected).

I scanned the flash drive again, and it is now clean.

HOWEVER, when I try to acces the flash drive in Windows explorer:
1) the icon for the flash drive is now a folder, not a drive
2) when I click on the flash drive icon, I get an error message saying "H:\ Access is denied"
3) I have to right click on the icon and click "explore" to acces the drive

I am running Windows XP on my PC.

Any idea how to fix this? Has the flash drive been damaged or have system settings just changed?


A:USB Flash drived messed by virus?

Simple, save all ure data, right click on Usb icon, format, complete, then copy ure files back !

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I already have flash on my computer. But now, whenever I go to youtube, myspace, or WHATEVER, they all had problems with any kind of video/animation/ad that would normally be on it.
They all have The Quicktime Logo with a question mark on top of it instead. I have quicktime and the latest Flash on my computer already.

These are screen shots of what it looks like for me:
Example #1,
When I try to play a video on YouTube,
and The videos on my friend's myspace page

This problem is only with Firefox. Whenever I use Internet Explorer for anything, it works perfectly fine. So I unstalled and reinstalled Quicktime and Firefox just to be sure, and nothing changed. So I uninstalled Flash, then used I.E. to reinstall Flash, and everything worked fine on Firefox for an entire day.

After that day, the problem came back and has persisted ever since [it's been about 3 days]. I tried the same method of installing Flash again, but it didn't make any difference whatsoever. I now can't do anything involving video, animation, streaming music, or anything since they all use Flash. [Well, I was TOLD this was a Flash problem at least]

Any advice, pointers, or help?

P.S.-- Here are my basic specs, if they're even important at all:
AMD Sempron 2400+
1.6 GHz, 768 MB of RAM

Syntax Motherboard


A:Messed up Flash/Firefox/Quicktime

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What is wrong with Adobe Flash for FireFox 17. I can't go to a site that has any flash content, without is locking up / crashing FireFox ? There is a solution to disable protected mode in FireFox by editing the mms.cfg file located in ?%WINDIR%\System32\Macromed\Flash? after looking in that folder, I don't have a mms.cfg file to edit, how do I disable protected mode ?

The good news, rather the bad news, Adobe doesn't expect a fix for this anytime soon Another reason to go IE or Chrome ? Expect I can't get most of my extensions I'm using for either browser

I need to prevent flash from crashing, now for firefox, regardless what the solution.

A:Flash for FireFox is a Huge Messed up Bug

Have you considered using a Firefox variant? Such as

I use the 64bit version. I also browse its forum often and there has not been reported problems with adobe flash or windows 8 in the recent 32bit or 64bit browsers. When adobe first came out with the protected modes, a few palemoon users had problems. Subsequent palemoon versions resolved it.

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A:Award flash is nowhere to be found. So how do I flash the bios?

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Hi everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone can help me to set up my bios. I've 'tweaked' this, and ticked that, and now the pc just starts up, runs for a few seconds, and shuts down. I really don't know what to do.


A:Messed up Bios

For starters, your OS ME,XP,7.8 ?

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My BIOS is messed up really bad.

It is a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop.  On the security settings:
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User password: Clear
HDD password: Frozen

I tried to run a few BIOS freeware clear programs, and I have tried to remove the battery and press the power button for 30 seconds to try to force reset the BIOS back to defaults, but still no luck.  I cannot boot to windows normally or into safe mode in anyway without it rebooting non-stop on the test screen.
i am currently using Mini Windows XP on the same laptop that is having this issue off the CD Hirren's Boot CD.
It is able to boot from a disk, or USB, but the not he hard drive.
Please respond to this ASAP with ideas on how to fix this issue or email me at:
[email protected]
Thanks in advance,

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A:I messed up my BIOS!

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A:I messed my BIOS up, need help

Do you have dual bios?

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A:Ahh i think i messed up me bios

Unplug from the power socket, opem the case and remove the MOtherboard battery . . leave it out for a half hour, then put it back and try booting . . that should reset the BIOS to defaults

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Big trouble this time,

so i installed new bios software for my compaq laptop from the offical site (exidently i wanted to install new wireless network adapter drivers but i didn't read carefull enough) and now my laptop starts up i see the light burning and hear him running and everything but my screen isn't showing anything. From the biggining my screen stays black and i can't enter anything, i got a backup on a external harddrive and there is also a backup from compaq itself on a partition with vista on it. But i have no single clue on how to acces them with a black screen.

Please help me


A:New Bios driver messed up

I tried every suggestion on the compaq support website, and i also removed the battery from my bios but nothing worked.
Please help me i'm getting a little bit despared now because i had a big school project to turn in .


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below are pictures of what happens when i start my computer up.


A:Bios Settings messed up?

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A:Bios/ Mobo messed up, need help please

hmmm... you should get SOMETHING with just the CPU plugged in... even with the memory pulled out.

Your system might have died, and sticking in RAM into it might have damaged your "old" memory... speculating. I or anyone else wasn't there... and don't know anything about your hardware.

Try only this when powered up: CPU ONLY. no drive cables getting power or data to the board. Just the CPU, not even the memory - you should still get POST, if its still alive. (also, reset CMOS again too. unplug power - change cmos jumper for a few seconds then back to normal, replug power cord, press power button).

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A:Solved: Messed up bios

It appears from another of your posts this is a Pavilion G6? To access the BIOS Setup, turn on the computer and repeatedly press the ESC key to enter the Startup Menu, and then press the F10 key to enter the BIOS setup utility. Chose the System Configuration tab where the boot order is set. Boot first from USB and second from the hard drive, save the changes.

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I made a stupid mistake. Guys please help me!

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Hi, I've received awesome help from this board before so I decided to come try my luck once again.
My full system information can be found here.

So the deal is this: I've had this happen twice to me now - on viewing some videos, my computer hangs, the screen gets all grainy and chunks of varying color and texture appear in seemingly random areas of the screen. The PC promptly blue-screens and restarts. This is when the system starts running on minimum resolution and color depth. Even though a start-up notice from windows tells me I can get a better picture if I increase my Display settings, in reality I cannot - if I move the appropriate sliders and hit Apply, it flickers the screen but nothing actually changes.

The first time it happened, I decided my graphics adapter needed its drivers uninstalled. I was relieved to find out that (for the first time in my life) installing drivers worked.

In a few days I had forgotten that it was Megavideo that caused my computer to fail, so I made the mistake of watching something again - everything happened again just as before, I tried re-installing the drivers but this time it didn't help at all (the system started up in a better resolution this time (although not quite as high as the one I regularly use), but when I tried tweaking it up a notch, everything became grainy and disgusting again.)

As I am writing this, everything looks like this:

Am I looking at a fried graphics card? Something else entirely?
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A:Graphics/resolution messed up after viewing Megavideo (Flash player).

According to your Speccy report, your using a driver for your card from 2007. the newest nVidia driver for your video is from January 2011. Download the newer driver and install that.

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A:Solved: Bios seems to be needed please.

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A:Messed with my bios and now it won't boot, no post...

Search forum

this has been talked about often here do search for methods that might fix

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I just recently changed something with my bios and now my comp doesn't boot up at all. Not getting any power to the keyboard anymore, the monitor doesn't display ANYTHING, no post tests or anything. I'm a complete newb when it comes to tweaking bios so I probably shouldn't have been messing with anything there in the first place, but I guess that's obvious now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Messed with my bios and now it won't boot, no post...

If you have the motherboard or computer instruction manual, find out how to reset the BIOS by using the jumper on the motherboard. If you can't find that, unplug the computer then remove the battery from the motherboard and replace it after five minutes. :grinthumb

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Important! In order to flash the BIOS/Firmware safely, please make sure to close all running applications in your system before flashing. (Including Outlook, ICQ, Anti-Virus application, etc…)

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A:BIOS/Firmware Messed up my Computer?

sounds like you may have corrupted the bios
few things to try
1) can you reload the bios again correctly
2) There may be a jumper on the motherboard to reset the bios
3) Remove the motherboard cmos battery and wait a few minutes - then refit

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Have I messed up too badly or can all my problems be corrected? i would appreciate any help, I have been working on for two days with not much luck.

A:deleted files & Messed up bios

You can Reset your Bios to all Default Settings using the Jumpers on the Main Circut Board.

Usually JBat 1 Jumpers but check your manual.Otherwise take out the battery for 15-20Mins and Reinsert.

Make sure you have the power completely disconnected from the mainboard.
Take out the Power Lead from the Power Supply Unit.
Make sure you earth youeself first before touching componants inside the Box....keep touching the metal on the PC Box.

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A:Bios resolution messed up; can't navigate menu

Change the frequency of the monitor to 60Hz temporarily.

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Thanks in advance,


A:Dell XPS12 messed up during BIOS update

Good day ,
To help me resolve this issue I would ask your assistance by performing these troubleshooting steps,
1)Remove all the peripheral components from the system .2)Disconnect the charger from the system ,battery from the system and perform the power drain test on the system .
3)Plug in the charger back and use F2 key to get into BIOS then use F9 key to reset the BIOS to default settings.
4)If you are unable to get to the BIOS page or if there are any concerns do reply to this post with the service tag of the system (sent via private message ) so that I can look into the specifications of the system to assist you better .
Awaiting your reply .
Have a great day ahead !
Kindest Regards ,

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A:After RESET, Boot priority still messed up in BIOS

The PC does boot to windows boot manager...

But if you keep have issues - do a clean install and then install facory dell drivers..

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Thank you


A:Flash bios

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Hello there

A few weeks ago, for some reason my computer wasn't booting so I cleared the cmos by removing the battery and putting it back in a few minutes later. It worked and I thought problem solved. Later realised that I needed to do this everytime i wanted to turn on the PC. If I dont do this it doesn't boot, black screen, no beeps or anything.

Just by doing some searching, reinstalling the BIOS should fix this. True?

I also learnt that if your doing this, it has to be done right or it might cause further problems. So im asking for help so I can do it correctly.

I appreciate any help.


A:Flash BIOS

I did find this:

Foxconn A88GMX Motherboard BIOS A43F1P03 1.0 driver -

I want to be sure though.

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I was told that I should flash my BIOS on my computer. How do I do that?

A:Flash the Bios?

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Which would be worth my while, flashing my bios to get ACPI, or buying a new computer?

A:Should I flash my bios?

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I've got an Asus A7V8X-X MB and wanting to flash the bios...

The version I have is currently sitting at 1003 and the latest version is 1008.

Its works at 1003, although there is a few minor issues, whenever I flash it to 1008 though the system will refuse to restart, give me memory error beeps or boot and immediately enter CMOS, giving me random errors, usually centering around CPU frequency settings...
Any ideas?

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Recently ive been infected with some crazy malware/worms/rootkits. But its affected the hardware lvl. Im in a desperate need for a utiltiy I can use to flash my bios. My serial number is xxxxxxxxxx MAchine type is 10120. PLEASE HELP
Mod edit:  Removed serial number to prevent abuse.

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I have a sony vaio pcg-f630 laptop which i recently upgraded from ME to XP professional..anyway...if you check the sony support site..they have a whole procedure for updating to XP..including flashing the bios and installing an updated bios file. I made a boot disk, put the file on there..but when it starts up (it says phonex bios" i get an error message saying it cant run with "himem" installed......what is do i disable it...please help

A:bios flash help

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Hello everyone,
I just finished re-installing my Vista, XP already installed. All was well until I followed my own instructions on
I followed them, however, I think my bios might be messed up...Since the computer shut down as part of the "flash bios" procedure, it won't start back up...just a black screen, and nothing, not a word...
Is this the cause of that bios? if so, how in world do I recover from this mess??


A:Flash BIOS

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Ok, so I recently purchased a Radeon HD 5770 to replace my aging GeForce 7950 gx2. The motherboard I have (ASUS P5N32-SLI-SE-Deluxe) won't accept it without the new 1903 BIOS. From what I've read, the best way to flash the BIOS is via USB drive. I have the BIOS file (1903.bin) and Afudos.exe from Asus website. My current BIOS does not have the ezflash option. I can boot the USB drive to the command prompt with both Afudos.exe and 1903.bin on it. From this point I have absolutely no idea what to do as every "how to" I've read on this has conflicting information. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Trying to flash BIOS

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So heres the deal.

I can't get a floppydrive on my computer so i can flash the bios.
So i need to know how i can flash a computer bios with XP using A Cd.

I have these two files from :

and i need to know what to do in order to effectively flash my computer using only a cd drive

A:Flash Bios with a cd

If you can have someone that has a floppy build the floppy image, then create a bootable CD from the image, you can boot the CD and do the update.

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Hello, I had a problem with starting of windows 7 in my HP Envy 17-3002ef. When I turned on my laptop everything was working fine till Windows logo on screen. When logo was on screen laptop was restart. So I wanted to try reinstall my windows but there was issue with bios. I wanted to change boot priority in bios menu but when I pushed F10 for save and exit was not working. There was possible only push ESC and exit bios without save. So change of boot priority was not working. I found some informations on HP forum. I tried to follow this instruction But it is not working for my laptop. I found some next informations and I tried to disconnect bios battery. And now when I turn on my laptop I see only this message: The CMOS checksum is invalid. The CMOS will reset to the default configuration and will be rebooted. Please check your BIOS Setup options to see if they change. CMOS Reset (502) Enter - Reboot the system Is there someone who can help me? Who can send me instruction step by step? My laptop is now without operation system. I changed original HDD by SSD. HP recovery partiton is not present on SSD.  Thanks for any feedback 

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I have an ECS elitegroup K7S5A mainboard with an XP 1700. I recently tried to flash my bios, ugrading it to the newest version with overclocking features. It didn't work and I am unable to get past POST to run a boot disk or acess the hard drive. I've tried clearing CMOS and setting simple bios settings but I can't get anything to work. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Bad bios flash

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I am building a new pc and am giving my old one to my dad. specs are ECS K7S5A rev1. mobo AMD XP2200 cpu NVIDIA FX5600 gfx card 1GB ddr3200 memory. However there are a few probs I have limped along with for a year or two now I would like to sort. Firstly I have to run the AGP at 1x otherwise it crashes the gfx. The bios wont save this setting so I use rivatuner. Secondly when I start it up it describes the cpu as athlon 1600mhz (should be 1800mhz or xp2200). Once you have logged on however it shows as 1.79ghz. My dad is new to pc's and I dont want him ringing me all the time etc. Tried to flash the bios so I can save the settings but it does not seem to want to flash. Has anyone flashed the bios on this board before and if so was it straight foward? Also I have read that this board is not compatable with the xp chip unless flashed. Does this mean it will not perform as well as it should until flashed? Thanks

A:bios flash

Have u tryed clearing the bios then updating it. If the motherboard manufacturer says that the motherboard needs to flashed to run ur cpu then they must have found a bug with the motherboard firmware.

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Hello everyone. just wondering if someone can give me the jest of a flash bios and if you all think it would be worth my time to upgrade mine.

Yes I have an emachine which is several years old and I do know that it has a flash bios. what I am wondering is where would I visit on the web to download a file for flash bios and then what do I do once I have it in my posession?

I am not all together sure that I need to upgrade my bios but I am sure that something like this might be of assistance in bringing my computer up to speed as far as operating. not that it is doing anything wrong, but someone happen to mention this to me.

in the machine I currently have a;

Anaheim-2/2A/3 Micro ATX (ATX V1.2 form factor) motherboard, TriGem, Korea intel Socket-370. It has a crystal CS4280/CS4281 sound, that of course I have disabled since I have a sound blaster sound card inserted into the computer and even though it says they are compatable. they don't play well together, well, at all.

so does anyone have feed back on if it is nessasary for me to upgrade the bios and where is would get it?

thank everyone.

A:flash bios

You would normally get updated BIOS files from your computer manufacturer. So if it's a Gateway, you would go to the Gateway site.

That aside, you should not muck around with your Bios unless you have a problem that will be fixed by the updated Bios. If you happen to do something wrong during the upgrade, you can end up with a large unweildy paper weight instead of an old computer.

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Failure to upgrade to windows 10 gives me a c1900101-20017 error which says drivers needed to be upgraded.  Downloaded BIOS upgrade and executed.   The text on the "install" box refers me to another window.    This window has fwupdlcl.exe in a box with a flashing cursor after it.    Google shows that this is an Intel program to install or flash the BIOS.   The problem is that all the text in this new window is in chinese.   There are 6 selectable boxes at the botom with chinese text.   Two of them have (Y) or (N) and the other boxes have letters like (A) etc.     I do not want to turn my computer into a brick so I clicked the red X at the top right of the window.   The installation stopped (or may never have even started).   Belarc advisor shows that my BIOS version is still the same.    What do I do to update my BIOS so that I can upgrade to Windows 10?    Any help is appreciated.  Thank you.

A:Flash BIOS

One BIOS problem that I am having is that I migrated my System(C) to an SSD.   In my UEFI boot sequence I have Windows Boot Manager on Disk 1 (now on top) and Windows Boot Manager second.    My real system (c) and its boot partition is on Disk 1.     Disk 0 has no boot procedure on it.    Some times when I try to upgrade to Windows 10 and it fails I boot into the two year old system on Disk 0.   This is a recovery partition as part of the HP setup.    When I then look at the BIOS it has changed the order to have Windows Boot Manager on top and Windows Boot Manager on disk 1now second.   I then have to go back into the BIOS and move Windows Boot Manager on Disk 1 back on the top.   Even if I disable Windows Boot Manager it undisables itself and moves back on top.    How can I fix this?    Can I delete the contents of the two year old HP recovery partition or the partition itself?   It is not being used by the system because everything on this recovery partition is over two years old.  Please help.   Thank you.

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I'm going to try and reprogram a made for HP, HP tweaked Asus MEW Mobo next week. Having read a dozen online tutorials, how does the following one compare to the Best Way You know How ?
I thought the boot disk and the flasher and the bios file all went on the same floppy............

From tyan:
Two separate diskettes are needed. The first diskette is the Windows 95/98 Boot Disk. The second diskette should contain the flash utility and the file to program (unzipped) with no other files on the diskette. Procedure:
Hard boot the system using the boot disk.
Make sure that you hit the F5 key when the book disk first starts running to make sure no other programs are loaded in the background without your knowledge.
You will come to an A: prompt. Remove the first diskette.
Insert the second diskette containing the flash utility and the file to program. Type "dir" to check the disk contents.
Type in the name of the flash utility followed by a space, followed by the file to program and any special triggers that would be required after the file program name. As a general rule all Award based bios flashes use the /py /sn /f /cc /r at the end of the flash utility to work correctly. AMI as a general rule uses /a /b /c at the end of their flash utility to work correctly. Not all flash utilities or versions require triggers on the end of the flash line. If there are special triggers to add on the end of the flash utility it would be stated in any FAQ's that would be o... Read more

A:Bios Flash 101

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Hey people, When I built this system a couple months back the post screen was the intel mobo screen which didn't allow me to see the actual post screen. I finally got rid of the intel screen with this new install of the 80GB. I right away noticed that the post screen saw my processor as a 2.80C. Thinkin I might have been hoodwinked I downloaded WCPUID and checked for sure what I had. Well it gave me the specs for the 2.80E which is what I thought I bought. Whew! Sooo is my bios out of date for this new Prescott? And if it is How do I flash the bios to get the latest version. I read somewhere that the bios resides on the mobo so I got naked and put on my trenchcoat and stood in front off the mobo and opened the coat. Didn't change a thing So I guess I need a better way. I will thank you now for all your help.

A:Flash Bios?

Steve, I wouldn't flash the bios just yet. I think the chipset settings may be off and I am not the one to help you with that, especially Pentium. The board is only a few months old and I really don't think the bios is the problem. I also don't have a clue as to setting up a Pentium procesor. After I know where a processor is supposed to run I can tweak and play because I can always go back, but a bad flash is the point of no return. Hang in there.

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Answer Match 44.1% tried holding down windows + B + power button and it didn't work. So I thought I would try to restore BIOS through USB.Right now I'm stuck at the Figure 3 picture, the BIOS update for CQ42-223AX named sp52598 DOES NOT LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THE FLIPPING PICTURE. no system BIOS update ultility, nothing. Here is what's inside when I ran the setup. Any help would be welcome, thanks.

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ONce again with my sony pcg-f630...I attempted to perform a bios flash using a startup disk someone on the forums gave me. The flash process started, but at the last phase the computer restarted. I received no confirmation of a successful flash, and the bios looked the same as pre-flash. I tried again with the same results. What would cause this to happen? A bad boot disk? If that is the case, does anyone have a good bootdisk for flashing xp bios? It can not have the himem.sys file or else it will not work. Thank you in advance for any responses

A:bios flash help

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Hey guys,

I had another question, this time dealing with the motherboard. I am thinking about flashing the bios, but how do I tell if I really need to? I have this new video card(ATI Radeon 7000 4xAGP) thats been giving WinXP some problems and one of the possible solution I found was a bios update. I was unsure about which update to download from and if I do need to flash the bios which should I choose? I have an ECS K7VZA reversion 3.0 and bios chip(what's it called?) has a sticker on it which says "Pheonix Bios D686"

In short, I'm scared to do this:
How do I know I need to flash the bios?
which bios update do I get?
Any other helpful websites out there dealing specifically with this issue?
I'm sure I have lots of other questions to but I can't think any of them up right now.

I was also planning a possoble chipset update from via.

Thank you,

A:Bios flash?

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I am thinking about flashing my bios. however, the newest bios version is beta

Is it advisable to flash.... ?

If so, any tips?


A:Bios flash...

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i installed a bigger hard drive and need to flash the bios. It is a dell dimension 8400 with A03 and I went to dell and downloaded the update to a A09 to save on my other computer. I transferred that to a floppy and tried to run it on the 8400 but it wont. (i did that by hitting f12 till I got the screen to click which drive to use to start the computer. I choose floppy. it came back with take media out of drive and press any keep to restart) am thinking the file is zipped but am not sure if I can "run" it on my computer. . I click on the icon and it gives me only the choice to "run".
how do i make this work?

A:flash bios

Boot into safe mode and execute the file. To execute the file double click it.


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I have an athlon 1900+ XP with a Gigabyte VIA KT266a-7VTXE motherboard. In the 5 months I have had it, there have been lots of problems. This weekend, after getting multiple critical error messages, it told me to put the Windows XP disk in the drive, I did, and it frooze in an endless loop. I couldn't solve it, so I "restored factory settings".
A few months ago, I had a problem and the tech people talked me through "flashing my bios". Since I have "restored factory settings", does that mean I have to "flash my bios" again? I found the zip file on the Gigabyte web site, but I don't know what to do with it. I have a vague recollection I have to start in DOS or something. Can anyone tell me for sure if I need to and, if so, how to flash my bios? Thanks.

A:How do you flash your bios?

No they don't "unflash" once you've done it it stays that way. Your problem is probably elsewhere.

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Hello! CAn someone help me answer these 4 questions. Your advice will be a big help!

1.What is the safest way to flash BIOS step by step?

2.How can I back-up my BIOS step by step?

3.How do I find the right BIOS UPDATE?

4. I used HP`s Product Dection and found this BIos update
MCP61PM-HM Motherboard BIOS Update*
I have v5.16 and this is v5.27 but doesn`t say the name of my motherboard(check my system specs) just wondering

A:Help on 1st BIOS Flash PLZ!

Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG is the name of your BIOS chip on the motherboard and not the model number for the motherboard.

If you have the HP Pavilion a6200n Desktop PC, then according to HP, your motherboard should be the MCP61PM-HM model number. In this case you should be able to use the BIOS update. You can verify this by looking for a small white sticker somewhere on the the motherboard itself that should have the model number on it.

Hope this helps,

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So I have been having an occasional weird crackling that occurs in my speakers and I've been told it's possible that updating my BIOS could help solve the problem. Well, I have an EVGA 750i FTW motherboard and I looked and found they say to do it all I need is to burn the .ISO they provide to a disc and boot from it and it will do it. My question is simply, do you all know if it would be automated or is it going to ask me something that I have to select or anything else?

It also made mention of clearing the CMOS by powering down - does this require anything extra than just a shut down (Like unplugging the machine, removing the battery, anything else like that)? I'd appreciate the advice, I've mostly never done these because I was afraid I'd screw it up but I don't know if I'm going to have to like direct the BIOS file where to install or tell it my version or if it's all automated. If they've made it automated then not really much to worry about I suppose - just want to know before I go through with it!

A:How to flash your BIOS

First things first:
WARNING: Look at the bios release notes. If it doesnt specifically state a known issues being fixed you are having, it may not help. Also, I wouldn't update the bios unless it does fix the issue you are having. No point in taking the potential risk.

Having said that, if you are Overclocked you will need to RESET TO OPTIMIZED DEFAULTS first.
Even if you are not OC'd reseting to optimized default before flash is always a good idea IMHO. But a MUST if OC'd.

Make sure the first boot device is set to CD ROM, and that you are in IDE mode.

Boot from the CD and follow the prompts.

After the bios flash is successful, you need to go back into them, RESET TO OPTIMIZED DEFAULTS again, and restart the MOBO. (Hard power down)
Then make all the needed settings you need to.
The hard pwer down may not be needed, but I always do.

Generally speaking, this is all youll need to do.
All boards are are slightly different to reset CMOS. Some require removing the battery, others have a little jumer you move. Im not sure about yours, so checking the official forums/manuals may be a good idea.

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My motherboard is causing my vista to be very unstable. Review say I should flash down to an earlier bios. How do I go about doing this?

A:How to flash old bios?

hi xxsomethingxx,

Best to check with your MoBO manufacturer's website to see if they have a flash utility or if they are self installers. Bootable USB stick is I think the preferred method these days. Some motherboards have the facility for flashing the BIOS as an option in the BIOS.

If you need further specific help will need make and model of MOBO

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Was upgrading my bios on my dell mini 9 from f5 to f6. Windows froze up during the install so I pulled the plug. (bad idea) Now I cant even post!

Please Help...

Would removing the mobo battery clear the bios?

A:Bios flash gone bad: (

I'd guess the CMOS battery pull won't help you.

But I'd do it as a last resort, because the normal solution to BIOS flash failures is to take your motherboard to the trash or contact the manufacturer (or possibly a third party supplier) and have a chip replaced on the motherboard.

The general advice is to not flash the BIOS from Windows whenever possible. Too late for that now.

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is there a bios flash for xp?...Dell dummies are no help

A:Bios flash for xp

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Is there a way to....

Sorry for the weird thread title couldn't figure out a good short one.
Is there a way to flash my bios using my hard drive instead of my Floppy drive (non working floppy drive/floppy drive mobo connector)
Instructions for my bios flash program












Also, I don't know the exact mobo i have right now, but i can get it if needed. But i do know america megatrends is my bios manufacturer, so is this the right bios flash to be using? i heard using the wrong one can cause some serious problems. can taking out the cmos battery for 5 min fix any problems that occur?

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A:Bios flash help

You can create a bootable CD with MS-DOS on it and include the AMIFLASH.COM and BIOS image on the disk. Then you boot from the CD and go from there.

If you screw up the BIOS FLASH, erasing the CMOS parameters will NOT fix it.

Unless you have a good reason for upgrading the BIOS, I'd suggest you forget about it.

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Iam wanting help with flashing BIOS on my Acer Aspire 5051,
im using Vista64 and would like to update the BIOS as theres over 50 fixes for it - im not having any problems but would like to update it - im wondering if anyone can help me create a bootable disc/usb-stick with a backup on and flash program so that if an upgrade goes wrong I can re-flash with another firmware from my USB stick or CD...

can anyone help with this?

I also think that Vista64 will prevent any flashing from within windows so Im willing to install XP on another partition just to be able to flash from

any help/advice is greatly appreciated

A:help with BIOS flash

Originally Posted by snadge

im not having any problems but would like to update it - im wondering if anyone can help me create a bootable disc/usb-stick with a backup on and flash program so that if an upgrade goes wrong I can re-flash with another firmware from my USB stick or CD...

It's generally ill-advised to flash the bios unless you need to; you could render the system inoperable. However, to answer your question: BIOS Update per bootable CD

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I have a gigabyte GA-5AX board running win2k. (Waiting for the XP1800, abit kx7-333 I just ordered) , anyway, I want to play (OC) with this one when I get the abit up and I need to flash the bios to do it...........the only problem is that Im running win2k, so I cant make a boot disk.

Other than dual booting with win98, is there a way to flash the bios without the boot disk? I cant think of one, but Ive been clueless before. I lost the MB manual, but I have the info from Sandra.

thanks in advance

A:bios flash

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I want to upgrade my bios to ver 1.1 from 1.04 & the M/B manufacturer (Tyan) says I need a boot disk to do it: the following definition of the needed boot disk is on their bios page for my M/B (Trinity i845e):
"Boot Disk - Refers to either a Windows 95 or Windows 98 boot disk. Any other type of boot disk might load memory resident programs which will interfer with the flash process. Make sure you hit the F5 key when the boot disk first starts running to make sure no other programs are loaded in the back ground without your knowledge."

My problem: I have windows XP. I don't have 95 or 98.
1. Are they really saying that I need a win 95 or 98 boot disk?
2. If so, where would I get it?
3. What does pressing the F5 key do?


A:Want to flash my bios

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simple question, what does it mean to flash the bios?

A:Flash The Bios?

The BIOS ( Basic Input/Output System) resides on a chip on the motherboard . . it sets up the basic program for the board prior to the operating system loading and tells the various bits how to work with eachother. .

To update the BIOS, you "flash" using a floppy disc . although more and more boards use a update that can be run from the hard drive.

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I recently was using a trial version of Alcohol 120% to mount an image on a virtual drive, after I was done with that I tried to unmount the image and it said my trial was over! Suddenly Xp was very sluggish and in the task manager it said that system idle process was at a lofty 97 under cpu usage... I couldn't do anything but turn off my computer. Now I can't even boot into windows. I can only go into safe mode. In the device manager I have code 37s under plug and play Bios extension and PnP Bios extension. I already did the uinstall reinstall bit with those two and that failed to make a difference. Hp says I need to update my bios, however The program I downloaded won't run, presumebly due to me being in safe mode. Hp has suggested that I make a boot disk but I can't seem to figure this out... Suggestions? Help? Mainly I want to know if I can fix this without flashing the bios but if I can't can somebody give me DETAILED step-by-step instructions on creating a boot disk with my bios update files on it? Thanks.

A:Hp wants me to flash my bios!

zHard to imagine this is a BIOS problem if it was working prior the the alcohol fubar

If you have a Windows XP installation disc, you could do a repair install . . This is a good guide to performing a repair install

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I want to flash my bios and update it since im having problems with my pc freezing on the pci device listing.
i have the bios for it which is revision 2.1,F5

What else do i need to flash it?I have a floppy drive which im going to install on it temporary.
Im running XP home SP2.
If you can direct me to the exact files i need that would be great because i have never done this before and run me through on how to do it.Most websites have whole pages and are confusing.
Thank you

A:How do i flash my bios?

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I have a Award Modular v6.00PG BIOS that I am trying to upgrade. When I open the file to upgrade the BIOS it is a command bassed program that i am not sure how to use.

The file is called "CTFLASHC.exe" does anyone know how to use this program?

A:Trying to flash my BIOS!!!

Be very, very sure you understand it all. With any Award BIOS we have ever seen, there are very complete instuctions also available at the site.

We have seen so many ruined motherboards in our shop that were destroyed by someone not fully understanding how a flash install of the BIOS actually works, and how long it takes.

The problem is that there are about 15 ways to update a BIOS, and one is not the same as another. Some can boot from a USB drive. Some will only boot from a floppy drive disk, while others are first installed to a CD as an ISO.
Any BIOS installed incorrectly can permanently kill the motherboard.

It is better not to do it at all, than to do it incorrectly. Double check the site where the you found the BIOS for download.

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I looked on this site and couldn't find anything similar to this and it helped me out. i found it on another site.

i have a new ecs board with a pentium d and with a ami bios chip. i flashed it to the newest version and it didn't work so the board was dead. when i tried to crank it up however the floppy drive acted as if it was looking for something.

this is how i went about fixing it without having to hotswap the bios chip or install a new chip

i have an old 98 machine and you need to format a floppy disk with 98/me.

do not use xp, 2000, or the quick format

you can use dos if you don't have an old machine lying around

after you format the floppy, copy only the original bios rom file on to the disk, no other files. you could go to the website to see if the original release bios is located there, or see if the file is located on the cd that came with your mobo. i had to go to the ecs website to find my origianl release

rename the rom file amiboot.rom

use disk doctor or disk check to verify the floppy is usable

put the floppy in the dead computer and turn it on. after a few seconds depending on your system it should pop up with a display of flash rom recovery. mine was automated and it reflashed my bios chip. my system rebooted and my pc was up and running again.

i have no idea if this procedure could work with another type of bios but it worked for me without having to replace the chip or get a pro to do it for me.

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I purchased a used Sony Vaio PCG-FRV37 laptop a few months ago and it is working great except it runs a bit slow for my taste. I am running Win XP PRO Service pack 3. HHD is 40GB, Installed memory is (2) PC2100 256MB (512MB total).

I purchased new memory for upgrade (2) PC2100 512MB (1024MB total).

My problem is the laptop does not recognize any memory beyond 512MB no matter what combinations I install them in; (1) 256MB –OK, (1) 512MB – OK, (2) 256MB – OK, (1) 512MB and (1) 256MB – Bios reports only 512MB, and (2) 512MB – Bios reports only 512MB.

Searching the Internet for similar problem I have concluded that flashing the bios may solve the problem. Also the manufactures specs say the laptop is upgradeable to 1GB RAM.

OK, here’s the problem. I downloaded the bios R0108K7 file and extracted an exe file. When I run the file I am asked to insert a diskette in drive “A” OPPS! My laptop does not have a floppy drive. – Just 2 USB’s and a DVD-RW.

I was hoping to flash from the CD or USB memory stick.

My friend has a floppy drive that attaches to a USB port. Should I try this?

A:BIOS Flash

From reading at this webpage it seems you must use a Usb floppy drive to flash the bios :-

I would read that whole page carefully before you do it.

A bad flash could leave the laptop unusable.

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I'm having some difficulty with putting together my new computer.
I've got an msi k7t turbo limited edition with a used amd xp1800. Now I am not getting anything upon startup, just a dark black screen. The msi website says that the fastest processor able to be used on this board is the xp1800, but what I cant find is whether I need to flash the bios first? But on the other hand my xp1800 could be dead? It was sold to me saying that it was a working pull...But I could have been sung a nice tune...
Any ideas?

A:flash the bios???

Did you check the cmos jumper to make sure it is set right. They ship some boards with the jumper set to clear the cmos and it wouyld not boot then.

The second thing I would do is have the cpu checked to make sure it is working.

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I need to download floppy to flash bios. I cannot find the right one.

A:flash bios

click on Driver Free Disk For Bios Flashing

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Hey guys

I'm having some problems here. I recently decided to update the BIOS on my motherboard (yeah stupid I know) and I think I screwed up.

First, I'll start off with the some specs:

eVGA nForce 680i SLI - BIOS P32 (before update)
e6600 @ 2.4Ghz

Okay so I tried updating to the P33 update. I burned the .bin file on the CD and booted it up but then it gave me A:\ and a cursor.

Above it was a screen saying this:


AwardBIOS etc..
(c) Phoenix etc..

For blah blah etc..

File Name to Program: nf68p33.bin

Warning: Press 'Y' to program and 'N' to exit.


I tried pressing Y and enter but nothing happened. So I tried this command:

AWDFLASH nf68p33.bin /f

This is the command to force flash the BIOS and since then it hasn't done anything. It just says not to turn off the power or reset the system.

I'm a bit scared to restart the computer since there is a chance of having the mobo dead/friend. So any ideas that I can do? How do I recover from this?


A:Bad BIOS Flash

Usually,if it starts flashing,it will say so on the sreen.
In any case,you are going to have to restart sometime to find out.
If there is no screen activity,the computer may have froze.
Is there a bios protection jumper on that board?

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When I try to install Windows XP it hangs on "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration". I couldn't find very much information on this, but from wha tI found I think that it might be something fixable by updating bios. I really don't want to flash the bios on this computer because I have no experience doing it and I can't risk messing something up. Is there any workaround for this? Thanks

A:Do I need to flash the bios??

Have you checked the hardware compatibility list. You might be able to flash the BIOS, but only if the motherboard is supported.

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when I try to execute the bios flash file I get this message..please dont tell me to run as administrator as I have already tried it..

A:Bios Flash

Do you have 64 bit windows?

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As some of you are aware I'm building a new computer with all new hardware. One issue is that I might need to flash the MB's bios but won't know for sure untill I finally power it up. Anyway several ppl have suggested I use a flash drive to do this and I'm not really clear on how I would make a Flash drive using WinXP that has both the Vista 64 bit install and the bios file so that if I actually need to flash the bios I can do it and then reboot/install the OS from the USB drive.

Any help/guidence in this would be appreciated

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After what appears to be a bad flash my computer doesn't boot Windows anymore (essentially can't boot off the hard drive) and I get the following error during POST:

CMOS/GPNV Checksum Bad

Press F1 to Run SETUP

(then after failing to boot, it says):

Boot Failure: System Halted

I can get to BIOS setup, but the boot priority section only lists 'Removable Device' and 'IBA 4.0.19 Slot 0208' as options but won't boot from floppy nor CD-ROM so I can't re-flash it. Plus it doesn't save/remember the changes I make in BIOS. It does try to boot off the network but then stops with the 'Boot Failure...' message.
I need to get this booting to Windows again. Any ideas on how to fix this?
P.S. - It's a Gateway 500X or E-3600 (this contributed to me possibly using the wrong flasher/updater) with supposedly a Intel D845PT motherboard and I was using the Windows version of Intel's BIOS flasher (Intel Express BIOS Update) and trying to update it from what I think was P04 to P08 (the latest)

A:Solved: bad BIOS flash

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I am having trouble flashing my bios. When i boot from a xp pro floppy, I type C: which is the first step described to me here .......

after i type C: it says invalid drive specification, what am I doing wrong?

A:flash bios problems

Those instructions are obviously for someone running with a FAT32 formatted boot drive. Since you have XP and most likely are formatted NTFS, the C: drive is not recognized by the DOS floppy.

Make the boot floppy, and copy the FLASH stuff from the folder on the C: drive to the floppy. Run the same procedure, but execute the FLASH programming from the floppy.

NOTE: Unless you're fixing something significant with the BIOS upgrade, I recommend AGAINST doing it at all. You can easily render the MB inert by screwing up the FLASH of the BIOS. If you're doing it just to "stay current", don't bother.

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I have a Hercules Profit II Pro 64Meg card. Would I gain any advantages by flashing the card with an Invidia Bios? I'm currently running 23.11 drivers from Invidia but I know its still the Hercules Bios... Is this holding back the cards performance in any way?

Thanks, PopDragon

A:Flash bios in GForce2 pro?

It's not a very good idea to flash your Card's BIOS that way. Allthough companies such as Hercules often a slightly modified version of the nVIDIA reference board, they sometimes add a few tweaks here & there or extra features ( TV-in, outs, etc.. ) that can only function with the BIOS they provide with their card or on their website.

Check out Hercules to see if there's a newer BIOS for your card.

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Hi all

Need a little advice. Still dealling with the nasty infection. I have done a clean install where i wiped my hard drive for about 4 hours.

I am still dealling with the infection when i place a blank disk in the drive it will type into the start menu. I am a little unsure if it would be suitable to reinstall again and flash my bios or get hackthis logs done

If i should flash my bios how do i do this?

A:Should i flash my bios to get rid of infection

Its extremely unlikely that will do anything to the virus.

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I'm having an issue where when windows XP (media center edition) boot I can't use the mouse or keyboard. I was told I should upgrade or flash my BIOS so I downloaded a the newest BIOS (in EXE) format from Dell's website and saved on a memory card. Since I have no mouse or keyboard when windows loads I'll have to run it from the DOS. I booted up using the Windows XP CD in recovery mode so I can get to a command prompt. From the command prompt I can see the contents of the memory card (call it the H drive) including the .exe file I need to run but when I try to run it from c:\windows>H:\xxxx.exe I get a message stating the command is invalid.

Does anyone know how I can get this .exe to run from the command prompt? Do you need to create a new boot CD (I don't have a floppy) and add the BIOS .exe file? If so what's the easiest way to do that.

Any help would be great.


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Hello All,

This is my first time here posting at this forum and surely it won't be the last . As far as my first question goes to you, i'm in serious need of flashing my bios. I'm having this problem where my system just restarts whenever it wants . Some folks told me to reinstall windows and what not. Some others said to install the right drivers blah blah blah. And now it comes down to this, one of my good friends recommended flashing the bios but of course expressed extreme concern with doing so and said to ask for help before attempting anything. So if anyone with any suggestions, ideas, slag, or if they wanna just say hi pls do so.

Thank You

A:I need to flash my bios, but HOWWWW!!!

Dont flash your BIOS unless you need too. Go the the makers of your motherboard web site and see what the BIOS update exactally does..If you are getting random reboots first place to look is your power supply not new BIOS..

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[Please move this and alert me if its in the wrong section]


So today I got my first paycheck from a tech company I work for
Purchased a 8 core processor, tower and motherboard.

The motherboard is the ASUS Crosshair V Formula which has an original bios version of 0404
To use this 8 Core processor I have to flash it to 0813.

So just a question, dumb maybe but I'm curious, how exactly would I flash the bios without having a Hard Drive or Operating System on the machine?

I already have a 4 core processor which IS compatible for the motherboard to start the flash, now I'm just needing a guide on how to do it. Do I have to do every update from 0404 to 0813 (There's 3 or 4 updates), or can I just do 0813 instantly?

A:Motherboard Bios Flash

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Just flashed my bios to the newest update so that it can recognize my new processor. however, i had to clear the CMOS before the computer was able to boot again. upon booting, the bios seems updated, and xp runs fine...for the first minute

after that everything locks up. i have no warning or anything, and i'm guessing this has to do with the new bios flash

I can run my computer in safe mode, though i don't know what to do to fix this problem

@bios doesn't work in safe mode, so i can't re-flash my old bios
Please Help! upgrading this computer has made me want to rip my hair out

A:PC lock up after new bios flash

You may need to contact your Mobo support and put the old BIOS back on the system, there should be a way to do this without having to be in the OS. I guess it's all a matter of what type of mobo you have

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When I was FINALLY finding an updated BIOS for my ProCOMP B782 (VIA Apollo Pro), I flashed from version 1.2a to version 1.5. Everything seemed to work correctly until I tried to start Windows 98 (I am running a dual-boot system with Windows XP Professional, but Windows 98 runs faster). When I proceeded to start Windows, before I even got to the shell, I recieved a memory address error. I figured, no biggie, I'll just change a few memory settings in the BIOS to see if that will change anything. YEAH RIGHT! I still wasn't able to do anything, although I was actually able to get to the shell this time. Now the problem was running applications, something as simple as Windows Explorer, I would recieve a memory address error. But, I could run Windows XP, with absolutely NO problems. The only thing about this is that because I am running an old machine, my soundcard is ancient and Windows XP doesn't support it. So, running any games is like running Quake III on a 486 DX 33MHz; it just AINT GONNA HAPPEN! So, I re-installed Windows 98, thinking it just didn't like the new BIOS. I did, and had the same problem. I then decided to re-flash the BIOS to the original v1.2a, since I knew that it worked. NO SUCH LUCK! I cannot even POST now because the system comes up with:

Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
Copyright (C) 1998, Award Software, Inc.
BIOS ROM checksum error
Keyboard error or no keyboard present

I have tried MANY things on this website and none of them work
includ... Read more

A:BIOS flash woes

What was the original problem that prompted you to flash the BIOS in the first place?

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Hi, I have an ASUS M3A Motherboard.

I have downloaded the latest (non beta verison BIOS), and i want to upgrade my motherboard using it.

I have the ASUSupgrade utility which seems easy enough to use, but some people do not recomend using a windows based bios flasher.

Is their a better/ just as easy way to do it. If so, how do I do this?

Also, If i downloaded and installed a new BIOS would I have to set it all up like the programmers do when you buy the computer, or will it keep the same settings?

A:How to update/flash a BIOS

How to flash/update your BIOS
Please note in some cases it is best to Flash your Bios before loading Windows

Asus should also have a proceedure specifically made for your system as well

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I tried to flash my bios as it was not displaying optical drive but when I click the command flash bios it says this driver is blocked from loading and it shows error code 1725..what should I do??

A:need help with bios flash file

Try right clicking on it and selecting Run as Administrator, see if that helps.

Otherwise, fill out your System Specs in User CP and provide a link to where you downloaded the BIOS update from.

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I've done this before with a program someone on here alerted me to. I just upgraded to Win 7 when my previos hard drive died and I lost everything. I was told that I would need to flash the BIOS so that my computer would recognize my CPU and graphics card so that I can get the most out of both.

I can't remember how to do this. I have a Biostar A740G M2+ for AMD.

A:Solved: Need To Flash BIOS - How?

Whoever told you that misled you badly. BIOS flashes are to correct specific problems, so if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
BIOS flashing is often specific to the motherboard maker, so look on the Biostar site for this info.

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