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Chaged BIOS when running

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I totaly screwed up. I flashed a BIOS in an ASRock board with instaflash. I dont know what I did but it failed. Dead board. So i pulled a BIOS out of another ASRock board not even the same model and plugged it in hoping I would not kill two boards today. It booted! acouple things wern't correct but I was able to install windows and load the drivers.

I downloaded a new Winflash BIOS update for the board. And while it was running pulled the BIOS chip. Stuck the dead one in and ran the BIOS flash utility. It worked!! Saved the board. :D Not sure if I would recomend doing this
 
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Yep, I wouldn't recommend that procedure for everyday use.
Guessing the ASRock didn't have bios recovery of any type.
However,, glad you saved your board, though.
 
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Welcome to hotflashing :3
 
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This is an old school method of recovering from bad flashes. Glad it worked for you :toast:
 

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I totaly screwed up. I flashed a BIOS in an ASRock board with instaflash. I dont know what I did but it failed. Dead board. So i pulled a BIOS out of another ASRock board not even the same model and plugged it in hoping I would not kill two boards today. It booted! acouple things wern't correct but I was able to install windows and load the drivers.

I downloaded a new Winflash BIOS update for the board. And while it was running pulled the BIOS chip. Stuck the dead one in and ran the BIOS flash utility. It worked!! Saved the board. :D Not sure if I would recomend doing this
This is really no different than flipping the switch on an AMD VGA when in Windows. BIOS is loaded during POST, and then might be accessed at times for info from various software, but typically it doesn't get used except at boot, which makes this all possible.
 
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I think the stress of not knowing was harder on me then actually doing it. I theory I thought it should work and I goggled it real quick and found nothing. Hot flashing make total sense now I just didn't think what you would call it at the time. Just like most stuff I was sure someone had tried it
 
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I remember buying an x800xl off ebay that was running an x800gto modified bios with missing pixel pipelines and a whole ton of other issues. From my memory I had to flash it to a default x800gt bios then a x800pro then a x800xl bios and it finally worked correctly.