Deleted the BIOS on new ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Can I restore?

Posted on 2007-07-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Ok, first of all I'm a real noob when it comes to building a PC, this is my first one.  Had no problems whatsoever until I recently ran Asus EZ Flash 2.  

At startup, everything was ok, rec'd the "Ai Lifestyle" screen, and Alt+F2 'ed into the EZ Flash program.  The catch, I've got a severe cold and am on Tylenol PM's. . .building my computer.  I anhialated my bios, which showed up in the c: drive within the EZ Flash 2 program.  So of course, now I try to re-boot, and the power goes on for approx. 5 seconds and shuts down.

Is there any way to reload the BIOS?  I've heard of "Flash" methods. . .is this the only option outside of an RMA through ASUS?  I'd hate to have to return it, but it still is within warrantee I guess.  

Two minutes ago the Tylenol wore off, and now I'm really on a downer, to quote the Beatles "Help Me if You Can I'm Feelin' Bluuuuue".  Time to get some more PM's and leave the new computer be. . .thanks in advance for the help.
Question by:scrappyvintage
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    RMA may not be available for a bios flash failure.
    You should be able to recover the bios as this ASUS board has a Crash Free bios
    Check on page 4-9 of the manual

    You will need to boot from the motherboard support cd that came with the motherboard.
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    In case, crash free bios does not work, you might need to download the new version bios for your mobo from asus website, choose floppy disk type. Restart system with floppy inserted, and do flash bios there.
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    Failing that - if its brand new - just take it back to the store and say its faulty... When it goes back in for repair they will detect a corrupt/missing BIOS and hopefully replace it...
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    There is absolutely nothing you can do with the Motherboard to fix it unless you know how to solder and get another BIOS chip (def. not recommended).  Punky's solution will absolutely not work.  You cannot load from a floppy if there is no BIOS to do the POST and boot from a device. Best bet is WCT's solution of RMAing the Motherboard (they will have no problem with this, as long as you never tell them you were trying to reflash the BIOS.


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    wct296 and roamingllama are right, there is no way around the problem I've got.  I will RMA monday, the new "Flash 2" non-DOS related boot up is an avenue I'll never take again, though.  My advice for anyone with the same mobo is to stick with what you know when it comes to the updating BIOS, no point in making the basic more basic when it comes to a good build.  I got ahold of some buddies of a buddy through mIRC and they said the same thing both roaming llama and wct296.  RMA time.
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    Generally they do work - but you have to close everything and make sure your system is already stable... I prefer cd boot up bios upgrades...

    Good luck with it
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    I guess the crash free bios isn't so crash free. For future reference,did you get the same symptoms attempting to boot from the motherboard support cd?

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