BIOS Upgrade Failed (Verified Failed)

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January 9, 2013 at 15:51:15
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.01 GHz / 1023 MB
I have an acer aspire 5741 - 5302 that I tried to upgrade the bios on and I got a verified failed message then the computer locked up and now I am trying to upgrade the bios from usb using the instructions on the appropriate service manual but when I make the attempt I plug in the power cord and press the function escape buttons and the hard drive light on the computer and light on the USB thumb drive just blink for a long time and things don't seem to be proceeding. the screen is black just as it was after I first rebooted after the error message any ideas?

Update: Ive found a webpage that details how to make a Crisis disk and use that to update the bios.. but so far same results... black screen... blinking hdd light and thumb drive light

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January 9, 2013 at 16:18:40
Remove & reinstall the CMOS battery

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January 9, 2013 at 21:17:44
Most of the time when a BIOS update fails, it is time for a new motherboard. This is why we recommend BIOS update ONLY when there is a significant reason to do one. These reasons include a major system problem or compatibility that the specific BIOS update is listed as solving by the system or board maker and to support a newer CPU or other hardware upgrade that is not supported with your current BIOS.
Occasionally people have saved a few boards after failed updates, but on most of them, it would take the board manufacturer to make the board usable again. This may be an option if the mfg's tech support told you to do an update to resolve an issue and it failed and/or the board is still under warranty.

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January 10, 2013 at 07:37:43
It's generally best to perform the BIOS flash from DOS rather than from within Windows. Since you have a laptop, you must do it while plugged into AC, not while on battery power. And you should be using a CD, not a USB device. See if the following helps:

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January 10, 2013 at 07:56:26
what was the actual reasons for you updating the bios, unless you had hardware issues you should never update the bios, because bioses are patch fixes to fix certain hardware issues that people reported having with certain hardware or hardware upgrades.

My motherboard has about 8 or 9 new bios updates since i first built it and i have never updated it because i didn't need to due to the fact that i haven't had any hardware related issues during that timespan. So unless it was a hardware related issue you shouldn't have updated it just for the sake of updating it.

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