Re: Henry and anyone else with ASUS P2B98-XV

Re: Henry and anyone else with ASUS P2B98-XV

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Posted by Henry on October 31, 2001 at 18:02:55:

In Reply to: Henry and anyone else with ASUS P2B98-XV posted by Rob on October 31, 2001 at 06:30:01:

: For those of you that didn't see the previous thread, I have an HP Pavilion 8370 although there are many Pavilions that have the ASUS P2B98-XV MOBO installed. If you have an on board ATI Rage Pro then you probably have this MOBO.

: Well HP puts the worst BIOS known to mankind...a Phoenix BIOS with absolutely NO settings that you can modify other than the typical stuff. Nothing for us techies.

: So, I go to ASUS's website and they have a BIOS for the ASUS P2B. It's an Award BIOS and it has all of those techie settings. So, I flashed my BIOS using UNIFlash, only one that will work unless you have an EPROM burner. You can get it here-


: So I flashed it and the Setup Utility was there, only it wouldn't get past the darned Setup Utility. It kept going into it with a flashing message at the top that read-

: 'System not shut down properly or CMOS Checksum error. Check CPU Core Frequency'

: Also, it would display 'Pentium II 175MHz' as the detected processor even though I have a PII 350.

: That's all it would do, however I have 'dog with a bone' syndrome and I was determined to see if I could get this working.

: Well, I fiddled and fiddled changing the entries for CPU Internal Speed, CPU Multiplier, and BUS Speed until finally, magically, it made it past the Setup Utility. Here's what I found out.

: You must set the CPU Internal Core Speed to 'Manual' and the Multiplier to '2.0'. Yes I know, I have a PII 350 installed but according to ASUS's manual on the P2B98-XV, the CPU Internal Core Speed setting is 'Reserved for future use and currently disabled' which I believe means that if you try to set it to what it should be, it'll detect a mismatch.

: You can go ahead and set your BUS speed to 100MHz(They have it set for 50MHZ) and VOILA! Reboot and it now reads-

: 'Pentium II 350Mhz'

: It does all of its error checking and then proceeds to load Windows. :)

: The only thing that was weird(not so weird looking back) is that since this is a new BIOS and I had PNP set to off, all of my drivers were re-installed upon entering Windows. Luckily there were no problems and after rebooting a second time, everything was perfect.

: So...hopefully this will help all of those who have a Pavilion with an ASUS P2B98-XV installed and would like to get a BIOS that has all of those settings to play with AND get updates as the last update from HP was in '98. The one from ASUS is from this year.

: Thank you Henry for all your help and Good Luck to you all on your BIOS problems. Once in a while, things actually do work out.

Thanks for the report Rob - I filed it for future reference. Your report is bound to help many others.


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