Re: Bios differences

Re: Bios differences


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Posted by Henry on February 18, 2002 at 21:02:40:

In Reply to: Bios differences posted by Ben on February 18, 2002 at 02:06:51:

: I killed a m/board 6 months ago and had it changed over (exactly the same) except slightly different bios. Since then I have been running NT4. The original was removable (686 AMIBIOS AG29 1082) the new one is soldered in (686 AMIBIOS AI50 5006). My problem is that I cannot install Win2000 on this machine anymore, I originally installed Win2000 a year and a bit ago and it worked fine. The error from what I can gather is related to the bios not being up to date. Is it possible to update to bios through software or am I stuffed! I hope you can shed some light on the situation for me.

: Thanks heaps in advance.


Sounds like you have an entirely different maiboard from what you had; NO SURPRISE, it is nearly impossible to find exact replacements for "older" mainboards.

Software (flash) BIOS update is the most common method and misflashed/corrupt BIOS is a common problem.

Study Amptron's corrupt BIOS recovery article for flash update basics AND how to get out of trouble:
http://www.amptron.com/Documents/Recover_a_corrupt_BIOS.pdf

You need to figure out what your mainboard is NOW (NO MATTER what it was), you need a mainboard manual, a BIOS update that will solve your problem, a flasher (BIOS updater) that matches your mainboard, supports your BIOS chip and supports the update. You SHOULD find all of this on the mainboard maker's web site. When you find it, read the BIOS Release Notes carefully - there is NO POINT "updating" the BIOS if it doesn't solve your problem. BIOS update instructions should be included in the BIOS update package, be posted on the web site, be detailed in the mainboard manual = OR - if you have a mainboard from one of the biggies - there may be a maintenance manual posted for it; get it if you can find it.

If you do not know your mainboard maker and/or model and version just follow the motherboard ID article at:
http://www.pcnineoneone.com/howto/moboid1.html

Hope this helps you get started. Please poat again if you need clarification as you find the pieces you need. Be sure and include your configuration details when you figure out what you have.

Good Luck,
Henry



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