Re: help needed

Re: help needed

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Posted by Henry on October 03, 2001 at 09:48:28:

In Reply to: help needed posted by anne on October 02, 2001 at 15:48:40:

: im looking for a bios update. but all i know is this:
: bios manufacturer: award modular bios 5.41PG
: bios id: 04/16/1999-SiS-5600-8661-2A6ILC39C-00

: i tried looking at but that was of no avail.

: i hope you can help me,

: a clueless anne

: PS my actual problem is a failing hewlett packard cd writer, which 90% if the time doesnt get recognised, and ive tried everything, so im up for some drastic measures.

I doubt that you have a BIOS problem, more likely a poor connection or component going bad. Sometimes switching from Master to Slave or Slave to master makes a difference. Suggest that you disconnect and reconnect the data (IDE) cable a few times and reseat it FIRMLY - maybe use the other connector temporarily as a test. If the problem continues I'd look to HP for a repair - or test anyway (any opportunity to test your CD-RW in another PC?).

If you require a BIOS update (READ the Release Notes - If there is not a fix for your problem there is nothing to gain - and much to lose - if you "update" the BIOS.)

BIOS updates are found on the mainboard maker's web site. You need to know the mainboard maker, the mainboard model and the hardware version; hardware version is usually printed on the board. If you don't know what you have follow the motherboard ID article at:

I think your mainboard was made by Chaintech, but you must verify that. If you use the wrong BIOS update you will need to recover a corrupt BIOS (it IS possible). Chaintech's web site is at:

Good Luck,


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