Re: Pavilion 8370 BIOS problems

Re: Pavilion 8370 BIOS problems

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Posted by Henry on October 29, 2001 at 16:48:43:

In Reply to: Pavilion 8370 BIOS problems posted by Rob on October 29, 2001 at 16:00:30:

: Hello,

: I have a HP Pavilion 8370 which has an ASUS P2B98-XV MOBO and a Pentium II 350MHZ. I just installed 256Mb of ram(single stick) and although it seems to work fine, my Phoenix BIOS reports 0Mb of ram installed. I decided to update the BIOS from ASUS's newest BIOS designed specifically for the ASUS P2B98-XV. Went ahead and flashed it, cleared the CMOS and now everytime I boot it displays PII 175MHZ and then proceeds into the SETUP Utility, and goes to the section containing the Core CPU Frequency settings while a blinking message at the top of the screen reads-

: 'Computer not properly shut down or CMOS Checksum Error. Check CPU Core Frequency'

: Now according to my ASUS manual, that particular setting is not used as I have jumpers on my MOBO for setting the Multiplier and BUS speed. I tried all combinations but the computer would keep doing the same thing.

: I have an EPROM burner and went ahead and report any problems with the CMOS and I checked reflashed my Phoenix which by the way doesn't the Battery voltage and it reads 3.0V.

: Am I simply stuck with this crappy Phoenix BIOS? I sure would like to use the 256MB single sticks as ASUS states that my MOBO can support 768MB total. HP states in their manual it can only handle 128Mb per slot.

: Can I use another BIOS possibly? Maybe P2B drivers? I have no clue as to what to do here and the computer is already 3 years old so I am looking to get the most out of it while I can.

I'm afraid that you are stuck with the BIOS; you are not likely to find a board with the same chips using a different BIOS - BUT if you do it would be worth trying (BE SURE AND SAVE your old BIOS BEFORE you kill what you have) consider flashing a new BIOS chip so you can recover quickly.

Memory usage/recognition is usually a chipset function, NOT a BIOS function. In addition to voltage (3.3, 5.0) and frequency (66, 100, 133, ...) chipset limits include total onboard MBytes, Maximum MBytes per stick and Maximum Mbits per chip on the stick. Older boards are more likely to recognize all of the memory if the sticks have chips on both sides (lower bit density). I'd be inclined to believe HP's maximum MBytes/DIMM; ASUS may have made the boards per HP requirements, used an earlier version of the chipset or ... Can you try some 128MB DIMMs?

Good Luck,

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