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dead bios after flash upgrade

My friend asked me how to solve this problm:  He has a PII-233 computer with an ABIT-BE6 motherboard, Award BIOS and 64 mg ram.  He installed a new ATA (western digital) drive that causd compatibility problems. He then downloaded from the Award site a flash bios upgrade.  After running the program, he exitted, attempted to reboot--- and his system is dead.  He can't get it to boot- it just hangs, and occasionally the motherboard produces a whining 'air raid' type sound.  What to do?

Thanks, Jason
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zulfi123Commented:
Hello,

Are you sure that the process was done in the right way as told in the Award Website? If yes it should have worked!

Anyhow,

DID YOU LOAD THE CORRECT BIOS UPDATE! EVAN THOUGH AWARD HAS A LOT OF UPDATES, EACH ONE IS CUSTOMISED FOR EVERY MANUFACTURER! LOOK OUT FOR IT!

1. Do the process once again after reading the procedure once again! Take care that there is no power interuption!

2.After upgrading the BIOS, get into the BIOS and select LOAD DEFAULT/SETUP/OPTIMAL options! Select Yes to load these options! Check for any change od date or version numbers or character change in the BOot up screen or in the BIOS! If yes, then it is installed well!

3. Disable any AntiVirus in the BIOS.

Then install all the softwares and check up!
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compmaniaCommented:
Try resetting the bios via jumper (check the manual) normally it is near the bios chip, just switch it for a few seconds then switch it back.
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RoadWarriorCommented:
If compmania's suggestion did not help (the cmos settings need to be reset to default since they can get corrupted or have different addresses causing invalid settings when a bios is flashed) .....

Unless you know someone with an eprom programmer that can take 1Mbit EEPROMs or someone with exactly the same motherboard and an enquiring mind, then all other options boil down to it being cheaper now to replace the motherboard.

A bios HAS to be correct right down to the minor revision number of the motherboard to have any hope of working. It is fairly likely that you blew the wrong one.

regards and commiserations.

Road Warrior
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jsurowAuthor Commented:
zulfi123's suggestion was not helpful because the machine would not get to the POST stage.  Compmania's suggestions were tried, yet the system will still not POST.  I suggested to my friend that he try to remove all periferals (incl the C; drive and CD ROm), remove the BIOS chip, replace the chip and set the jumpers to go to default, then try to boot again and see if he can get to the A: drive to reflash the chip.

Any other thoughts?
Jason
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compmaniaCommented:
If that doesn't work the BIOS is DEAD, let it R.I.P
He will have to buy another motherboard.
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zulfi123Commented:
Hello,

Do the follwing Steps:

1.Check up the VGA card or the AGP card in the system. If it is OK, then the problem is with the BIOS.

2.Are there any beeps coming at the time of swtiching on? If yes, how many numbers?

3.If no beep comes, then it is a clear case of BIOS failure:

Check up various stores for a replacement of BIOS Chip. Get down the model number and other numerical specs. For that you should have a Plug & Play BIOS. The BIOS should support Plug & Play Feature!

IF THAT DOES NOT HELP, IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THE MOTHERBOARD. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY OUT!!!
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