Enter bios id string loop

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Enter bios id string loop

Postby infoinfoinfo » Wed Jun 12, 2002 9:07 pm

When raising a new case and entering my bios string

01/08/98-i440LX-W977-ATC-6130C-00

I get told that this is an invalid string, does that mean my pc is stuffed.
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Postby Toby B. » Wed Jun 12, 2002 10:16 pm

I just did a google search for your BIOS string as you typed it with the BIOS date - came up invalid. But I removed the date from the sting and this is what I came up with.

http://www.baber.com/baber/411/atrendatc6130.htm

This is the wrong forum for a Mobo ID, but due to the circumstances, I feel this is relevant.

I do not know why some BIOS string searches come up dead such as yours, other then misspelling/typing. There are quite a few BIOS String searches that I have done that come up dead ends.

Toby

PS
**to the moderators**
the BIOS string in the original post comes up a mobocop case in a google search without the date.
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Postby Aussie » Thu Jun 13, 2002 3:31 am

An invalid bios string simply means that the manufacturer hasn't followed the accepted conventions when forming the string.

For an Award bios the accepted convention means that a bios string appears like the examples below:-

xx/xx/xx-i430HX-2A59FF0BC-00

That is:-

date of bios release - chipset - bios ID component - 00

or

03/23/00-i430TX-669-2A59IF09C-00

That is:-

date of bios release - chipset - I/O chip - bios ID compnent - 00

The bios ID component is the principal part of the string used to identify a motherboard and this component is broken up thus:-

2A59I / F0 / 9C

chipset ID number / manufacturer ID number / board model ID

2A59I = Intel Triton TX chipset

F0 = FIC

If these conventions aren't followed the string is referred to as being an invalid string.

With the quoted string the manufacturer has formed the string thus:-

01/08/98-i440LX-W977-ATC-6130C-00

date - chipset - I/O chip - board model number - 00

The board model number has been substituted for the usual bios ID component.

The manufacture in this case is Atrend and the board model number is ATC-6130C.


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