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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:10 pm 
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Ok, I'll try theminimal boot system. I'll let you know how I make out. I did mention that it seems everything operates but the VGA, didn't I ? :-|


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:44 pm 
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Ok, I tried the minimum boot thing. Turns out I have 5 working CPU's and 6 good memory sticks my power supply is fine. I tried the built in and 2 cpu GVA cards but none of them work. :idea:
Would you please check the following site, have a look at the bios updates
and why the changes were made ? Then give me any suggestions on how to update a BIOS with no display. :?
http://www.pcchips.com.tw/PCCWebSite/Pr ... =1&LanID=0

Thanks :D :D :lol: Kevin


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Quote:
ile name: 040922S.rom
check sum: 3A81h
release note:
1.Patch code for some motherboard Vbat incorrect issue after clear cmos

file name: 040902S.rom
check sum: 3C1Fh
release note:
1.Potential Microsoft Windows* XP SP2 Install issue with Prescott C-0 stepping

file name: 040804S.rom
check sum: DD57h
1.Fixed some M/B can not work properly when CMOS lost


that does explain something. recovery flash for ami bios... hmm let me think if I have seen any.

Do you know if the bios chip is in a socket or soldered on? If in a socket you could get it flashed by badflash.com or hotflash it in another board...

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Recovery procedures for AMI BIOS

1.Download the latest version or your choose version of BIOS file for your computer or motherboard from the manufacturer’s support site.
2.Rename the downloaded file to AMIBOOT.ROM.
3.Copy the file to a floppy disk.
4.Insert the floppy disk to the floppy drive.
5.Turn on the system.
6.The system should automatically access the floppy drive (indicated LED will light up). If no floppy access occurs press and hold Ctrl-Home to force update. Follow any on screen instruction to restore and recover the good BIOS from the floppy disk.
7.When 4 beeps are heard or a reboot prompt you may remove the floppy disk.
8.Restart the computer.

That should work.

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With no screen to follow I don't see how I could just flash it.
The chip is a small rectangle with spring like leads around it, it doesn't appear to be soldered in but I'm not sure. I have replaced BIOS chips before but they were a different kind. As it is it's of no use so I'll try getting it out tomorrow. :o
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If it's a socketed chip, it'll have a nice, thick black ring around it. Kinda hard to miss. You should be able to just pop it out with a small screwdriver (carefully, of course). If there's no ring around it, just a chip sitting on the board, it's soldered in. DON'T try to remove that yourself, unless you're very skilled with a low-temp soldering iron!

If you do it the way I posted, you'll get video, or should. That's the boot block recovery method for AMI BIOS if you have a corrupt or lost BIOS. Wait for Evasive, though, he may find a better option.

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It could also be brown.


So it's about the size of your thumbnail and not as long as your thumb?

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Thanks. I tried your flash suggestion, it didn't work for me. The BIOS chip Is smaller than the one with all the legs on it, so I think it's soldered in. I'm terrible with a solder gun ( among other things :roll: ) so I'll wait and see if Evasive has any ideas. :wink:
Thanks again. :D
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Well I never heard any more from Evasive, or anyone else so I guess it's just shot. :( Thank you all for your attempts to help, it's greatly appreciated. :-|

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