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Syntax SV266A motherboard - how to remove the write protect on the Flash Rom

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Syntax SV266A motherboard

I have tried flashing the bios in DOS with latest download from the syntaxusa website as well as using the Syntax utility in Windows, but in both cases there is a dialogue box that says the Flash Rom is write protected.

I have looked at the bios menus e.g. Advanced Bios Setup and there seems no mention of anything specific in the manual to remove the write protect on the Flash Rom.

Any help appreciated
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by:tanghz
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You need to look at the manual for the CMOS jumpers,
There must one to tell you that needs to be short when you flash the BIOS.
good luck
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by:kalogos
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Thanks for the tip

I tried it all according to manual with all configurations with CMOS resetting on jumpers but to no avail.

Thought maybe the solution was a bit unorthodox. Have used gigabyte and asus motherboards with no problems. And this is the forst time i have used a Syntax m/board. I think this is the last time I will go elsewhere for a while.
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by:tanghz
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which jumper did you closed ?
When you flash it, did you close it or open it?
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by:kalogos
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3 pin jumper JP1 (1-2-3)
closed 2-3 to clear CMOS
then closed 1-2 back to NORMAL position
restarted but FLASH ROM is still write protected
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tanghz earned 25 total points
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If your mainboard has an item called Firmware Write Protect in Advanced BIOS features, disable it. (Firmware Write Protect prevents BIOS from being overwritten.)
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by:tanghz
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That jumper is the one , there should be a seperated one is just for enable flash BIOS. It should be closed when doing the flash,
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by:netshark
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USE /F switch when flash CMOS.
EG:

awd816a sa2p917.bin /F /py /sn
make SURE you have the RIGHT *.bin for your MB.

IF at boot time you receive the message "UNKNOWN FLASH TYPE"
there is a problem with your MB. I saw around 10 pieces with this problem. It is a known issue ( in Romania ;) ). Send your board to service, they will program CMOS for you.
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