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Help! Recover from bad flash...

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by carlt, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. carlt

    carlt New Member

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    On one of my PCs the network adapter started not working or appearing anywhere. It was working one morning, and then just disappeared. It wasn't visible on the device manager on windows, and ipconfig showed nothing. Naturally I thought it was some kind of windows problem, so I booted into linux; but sadly it didn't see a network adapter either, and ifconfig was empty as well.

    The motherboard is a MSI P35 Neo3-F. So I went to the MSI site and only found a page for the Neo3. Surely enough, the internal names (7395) were the same, so I thought nothing of it. There doesn't seem to be a mention of a Neo3-F anywhere so they must just call it Neo3.

    So I downloaded the Neo3 1.4 BIOS, put it on a bootable USB stick, booted from it and flashed it by using the provided utility. It said that the flash was successful and I rebooted.

    Now nothing really happens anymore. As soon as I turn on the PC the fans spin, but that's all that happens. The screen stays in stand-by (with the light flashing like it always does when the PC is off) and the fans just spin. I don't know if the keyboard is working or not, the num-lock light isn't on and neither are any of the others.

    I went to the MSI support site and followed the instructions (make a floppy, put a BIOS ROM on it and call it AMIBOOT.ROM - I used the previous BIOS for this), but pressing Control + Home doesn't do anything when I boot with the floppy in the drive.

    I'm all out of ideas short of RMA, but since it was a BIOS flash I'm not sure I can really prove the network adapter was broken anyway and I was trying to fix it.

    Anyone have any ideas?
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