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Oh crap. I just put together the machine, flashed to the correct BIOS and all was fine. Then I restarted...... Oh bugger.

BIOS checksum error! appeared. Now I'm pretty damn sure my BIOS has become corrupted. I am really peeved as I did nothing wrong. I did a textbook floppy flash and it still went wrong!:banghead:

Any ideas on how to recover this damn thing?
 

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create a bootable pendisk
put award flash tool in there
put the latest bios in there

boot from pen
flash
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Thats what I've done- but with a floppy. I'm still on a "PLEASE WAIT!" message on the flash tool. I have been for about 15 minutes. Still waiting. Damn it this is annoying me!:mad:

On a side no pt, how do you lock the pci bus to 100 on this board? I can't find it anywhere and I want to overclock.
 

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I've seen that message quite a few times after a new BIOS install. I think it asked me to hit f1 to setup or ESC for defaults or something. I just hit F1 and went into the BIOS. I always thought it was just because it hadn't seen the hardware yet.
Try clearing CMOS, and booting?

BIOS flash is almost double protected. It verifies the file before it flashes, then verifies the flash. Only time I've had a bad one was when I used the wrong BIOS...Double check you have the right bios for your board

GL :toast:
 
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I've seen that message quite a few times after a new BIOS install. I think it asked me to hit f1 to setup or ESC for defaults or something. I just hit F1 and went into the BIOS. I always thought it was just because it hadn't seen the hardware yet.
Try clearing CMOS, and booting?

BIOS flash is almost double protected. It verifies the file before it flashes, then verifies the flash. Only time I've had a bad one was when I used the wrong BIOS...Double check you have the right bios for your board

GL :toast:
Absolutely positive I have the right BIOS for the board. Can't hit F1, I don't seem to have any control at this point as it keeps saying "PLEASE WAIT!" in the flashing tool part. I have cleared the CMOS quite a few times. It just doesn't seem to have worked. I may try an older BIOS revision. This is beginning to seriously piss me off. I do not want to have to get a replacement BIOS chip for doing nothing wrong. Fortunately the mate's birthday, for who the computer is for, is not for a week and a bit.
 

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you don't lock (maybe is automatic, don't remenber) :X
and when i flashed the same mobo you have in windows, it got corrupted, i had to do that, and it worked
double check the bios like mediocre said


ps: take out the battery since i remenber clearcmos almost never worked for me
 
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you don't lock (maybe is automatic, don't remenber) :X
and when i flashed the same mobo you have in windows, it got corrupted, i had to do that, and it worked
double check the bios like mediocre said


ps: take out the battery since i remenber clearcmos almost never worked for me
Really, thanks I will try the battery removal. I wonder why these boards seem to have a problem with flashing. If I were to do it via pendrive can you tell me the steps. I've never done it via that before. Thanks in advance.
 

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btw, this boards had a horrible dying problem before, you may have got a bad one aswell
 
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btw, this boards had a horrible dying problem before, you may have got a bad one aswell
RMA perhaps? But on what grounds? How long does it normally take? Just me thinking out loud- I don't want to RMA unless I can't get it to work.
 
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I can't get it past the please wait stage. Help please!
 

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Knock a cap off and say it got damaged in shipping :/
 
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Knock a cap off and say it got damaged in shipping :/
Damn it! I hate this, how am I going to get it back for my mate in a week?!
 
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bump
 

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Maybe you can hot flash it. Try giving Ket a pm.
 
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I don't know anyone with the same motherboard. What do you think of these guys. I gave them an e-mail and they said it would be around £13 to send me a replacement chip with the latest BIOS. Sounds pretty good to me.
 

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I don't know anyone with the same motherboard. What do you think of these guys. I gave them an e-mail and they said it would be around £13 to send me a replacement chip with the latest BIOS. Sounds pretty good to me.
A replacement from Abit would likely be free.

And you don't have to have the same mobo to do a hot flash. Both mobos just have to take the same bios chip. That's why I said to PM ket, he knows the procedure pretty well, iirc.
 
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A replacement from Abit would likely be free.

And you don't have to have the same mobo to do a hot flash. Both mobos just have to take the same bios chip. That's why I said to PM ket, he knows the procedure pretty well, iirc.
Would they send me one if I say the flash went wrong? Wouldn't they just say "well thats your problem."
 

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Would they send me one if I say the flash went wrong? Wouldn't they just say "well thats your problem."
Some companies do. Even if they say no, you at least have the other place to fall back to.

Still, look into hot flashing it first. It's not as bad as you think.
 

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i still find strange you can't fkash it normally
 
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i still find strange you can't fkash it normally
It just freezes at PLEASE WAIT! It also can only boot from floppy drive so how can I put all the files on there, boot plus BIOS plus those that are necessary for my keyboard to operate??
 

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use a usb pen for that ;)
 
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use a usb pen for that ;)
But how is it drive A- I thought floppy drive only was A? Did you get the exact same error?
 

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nop
i can't put boot files+flash tool+bios in a a diskete so i use a pen
you can also use cd's as boot disk, and on bios afaik you got a option to choose to boot from a pen