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Old 08-31-2004, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! BIOS problems

My friend recently "upgraded" his flash BIOS. He downloaded and executed the upgrade carefully as per insructions. Afterwards, the PC prompted him for a restart, which he did.

Ever since that, the computer will not start up (power on).

His question was, "is there anything that he can do with the BIOS as far as over-writing it so that the computer can at least start up properly. Right now, it will not even boot up into the BIOS screen.

Any help will be appreciated.


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Old 08-31-2004, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The CMOS where the BIOS is stored is divided in 2 parts, 1 active and 1 backup. If the upgrade failed but did not corrupt the backup, he might be able to restore his defaults. In the MOBO manual, there should be a section which tells you how to restore BIOS settings (usually moving a jumper). If that fails, he might have to buy a new CMOS for his MOBO. They are not very expensive but he might have to contact the MOBO manufacturer's in order to get one.

Another thing you may try is to download the BIOS on a diskette and try to upgrade it from there. Don't know if you'll be able to with the corrupted/improper BIOS installed but it is worth a try.
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