ASUS A8N-E Won't Shut Down/Restart after installing Chipset 6.65

A8N-E - Installed XP and updated BIOS and Chipset according to ASUS site. After installing the 6.65 Chipset, the machine will not shutdown or restart properly. I have to give it the "one finger salute."
tmcgheeAsked:
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maramomConnect With a Mentor Commented:
BTW- the suggestion in the first link above is to get your drivers from Nvidia before flashing back. It sounds like a good tip.
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Titanium_SniperCommented:
note: updating the bios should ONLY be done if ABSOLUTLY necessary, that said

was it necessary to upgrade your bios for conpatibility if not, restoring it may help solve your problems, usually there is a backup of your old one made during the upgrade process.
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tmcgheeAuthor Commented:
the problems didn't start after the BIOS update they started after the Chipset update.....

wow I feel so, uhm, reprimanded.....

ouch....
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maramomCommented:
Did you update all other drivers, as well...video, sound, etc.?

There doesn't seem to be any known issues with that chipset update, unless you installed them before the BIOS update, of which from your post, you clearly used the proper order.

A possible fix: clear CMOS. A BIOS flash may or may not clear CMOS automatically. Although it appears the chipset drivers caused the problem, perhaps there are some faulty values that need to be cleared.

You can also try to roll back the drivers to see if it fixes the problem.
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maramomCommented:
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Titanium_SniperCommented:
sorry.
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nobusCommented:
try a system restore to a previous date
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tmcgheeAuthor Commented:
I want to roll back the BIOS to an earlier version but I can't. AWDFLASH won't let me install a previous version. I tried rolling back the NVRAID drivers but that didn't work.


Help...
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maramomCommented:
Your system has a Crash-Free BIOS utility on CD that should have come with your motherboard:
ftp://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket939/A8N-E/e1911_a8n-e.pdf 
see p 2.1.4 in the manual (or PDF p 52)
You should be able to use this to restore your BIOS. Make sure that you UNINSTALL (not just roll-back) the chipset drivers first.
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maramomCommented:
If you want to try this before restoring the BIOS..
In BIOS Setup Menu>PowerMenu>ACPI APIC Support
...Check the setting and toggle it to see if there's a difference. Also check your other 'power menu' items in case the updated BIOS added default features that should be changed.
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tmcgheeAuthor Commented:
The CrashFree thing ain't working as according to the PDF or the manual. When I put the CD in and boot to it it does not do anything to the BIOS.

ACPI - Change from S1 and S3 to just S3.


No difference.
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maramomConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Did you check this setting: ACPI APIC Support [enabled/disabled]?
I don't know if this would effect your shutdown, but check that "Instant Music" is disabled.

The following links are from ASUS forum, They describe how to flash back to an earlier BIOS:
http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20060617055609266&board_id=1&model=A8N-E&page=1&SLanguage=en-us
http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20060607220150093&board_id=1&model=A8N-E&page=1&SLanguage=en-us
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maramomCommented:
Sorry, The download links contained at the second link above, seem to be out dated. Do you know which version of AWDFLASH you are using?
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maramomCommented:
>>There doesn't seem to be any known issues with that chipset update, unless you installed them before the BIOS update, of which from your post, you clearly used the proper order.

I got that order wrong!

ASUS site: To avoid crashing file system, please "do" update the chipset driver to below version prior to this Bios.

If you haven't had any luck with nvidia drivers, power settings, system restore, or reflashing, an XP repair install may fix your problem.
Or, depending on what's on your system and if you prefer, a fresh new XP install with the new drivers should clean up any messes.

For a repair install: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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