Monitor will not turn on after BIOS update

May 12, 2009 at 08:34:37
Specs: Windows Vista 64
I'm working with...
Motherboard: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
Processor: AMD X2 64 4000 dual core (updating BIOS so i could put a new processor in)
Video card: MSI RX2600XT
Memory: 4 1GB cards DDR2 800

Ok I'm not a computer wiz... just in process of learning... I built this computer with my brother about a year back... I recently bought a new AMD phenom X4 9950 quad-core processor. At EBC computers the tech told me I'd have to update the BIOS on my board and this will work. I read the the instuctions on the sight and in the manual. Downloaded the newest BIOS from the ASUS web-sight to a usb card. I went into the EZ flash 2 (pressed Delete at POST, go to "tools" select EZ flash) followed the manual.. selected the new Bios. It updated with no problems... then it said it would re-boot the computer. It turned off and back on but the monitor never came back on. I've reset the computer. I've powered off and on. Not sure what my problem is. I tried plugging in an old monitor but had the same outcome.
Do i have a problem with my motherboard?
Is it a problem with my motherboard possibly not reading my video card?
I have an old pci card from a 8 year old computer, would plugging this in and connecting the monitor have a chance?
Can I do anything short of sending in to reflash the bios?
I can't change the bios settings as the monitor does not come on. Also... when i turn on the computer I don't get any windows noise from the speakers or anything but it does turn on and all the lights and fans come on as they normally did.

any advice or help is appreciated

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May 12, 2009 at 09:02:31
It certainly sounds like you botched the flash. I don't know why you'd want to run a quad on an AM2 board anyway.

Did you read the section in the manual about how to recover the BIOS using the CrashFree BIOS utility?

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May 12, 2009 at 10:02:42
Did you reset CMOS memory. That can often be a cause of problems after a BIOS flash.


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May 12, 2009 at 12:45:39
"At EBC computers the tech told me I'd have to update the BIOS on my board and this will work"

Tell them to fix it maybe.

I think there is a way to re-flash it even if the bios is borked. Seems to me you can boot to a flash install mode. Be sure you have monitor on the built in video adapter if installed.

As a side note to others trying this. ONLY flash the bios when you actually have issues.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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May 12, 2009 at 21:22:16
Stuart... I read up on how to use the jumper to reset CMOS. Problem solved... BIOS were reset and I have a monitor again. Thanks for the replys everyone..
Now my problem is that I still have a processor I'd like to use that I need updated BIOS for. I read something saying my TOOLS may not be updated and this could cause the problem. Does anyone know a safer way I could use to attempt to update my BIOS to the newest version so I can use my new processor?
any thoughts are appreciated.

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May 12, 2009 at 21:37:30
I spoke a little too soon... I do have my monitor back... thanks again... but now when the computer starts up it stops and says "BOOTMGR is missing press ctl+alt+del to reset" I can now enter setup prior to this though. I also looked and it says the current BIOS version 1701 I had loaded is the current version.
Any fixes?

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May 13, 2009 at 08:33:41
"I read up on how to use the jumper to reset CMOS. Problem solved..."

I thought you already tried that? What did you mean by "I've reset the computer" ?

Anyhow, you didn't answer my previous question? Why are you "wasting" a Phenom X4 on an AM2 board. Although it appears you successfully flashed the BIOS, you'll never be able to take full advantage of the Phenom. The nForce 500 series is "old" was released several years ago for the S939 generation & doesn't support DDR2-1066 or HyperTransport 3.0. nVidia in currently in the 900 chipset series. If you intend to keep the Phenom (which I'm sure you will), I suggest you get an AM2+/AM3 board that fully supports it.

As for the BOOTMGR, try booting off the XP CD, pressing R for the recovery console, then type in FIXBOOT C: or FIXMBR.

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