Solved MSI K9MM-V bios update failed help needed

October 17, 2011 at 22:51:25
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Sempron
I got MSI K9MM-V with Phoenix-Award BIos version MS7312 VMS 1.2, i updated that with MS7312 VMS 1.7 and now the MBoard does not boot. I tried connecting FDD drive with floppy containing original bios version, flash utility, autoexec and boot files, but the system is not accesing the floppy drive. I also tried floppy method with USB drive and CD-ROM but it also did not work. I tried Force update by pressing CNTRL+ Home button but this also did not work. Thanks in advance for replying me as soon as possible.

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October 18, 2011 at 04:58:47
Regardless of what the instructions might say, the flash should have been performed using the floppy drive & the "2 floppy method". Floppy 1 being a WinME boot floppy, floppy 2 containing the updated BIOS file & the flash utility. All you needed to do was boot off the WinME floppy & select option 4 (minimal boot), then eject that disk, insert floppy 2 & run the flash utility from the DOS prompt.

Is there anything displayed on the screen at bootup? If not, you botched the flash & trashed the board. The chances of recovery are slim. You may be able to replace the BIOS chip but it's probably not worth it. It's not a very good board anyway.

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October 18, 2011 at 07:53:12
Thanks for your reply.

I flashed the bios by booting from Hirens Boot CD v13 to Dos.

This CD contained both awdflash.exe and bios file previous mentioned, unfortuantely the awdflash was not uptodate, copied these two files to RAM drive and then flashed the bios and fialed.

Nothing is displayed in the screen. I connected a FDD, on switching on the system, the FDD is not detected, but CD drive light blinks and if a CD is put its blinks for about 20 times. I think the system is assessing the CD. i also put bios file and awdflash to CD and no result.

I googled and they say there is a way to force update the bios by keyboard combination.

I would be grateful if you could let me know the key combination to force update this particular board, as keyboard combination vary for different boards.

Thanks in advance.

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October 18, 2011 at 19:06:04
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When you downloaded the updated BIOS from the MSI website, it should have been in ZIP format. Once you unzipped it, you would have had the BIOS file, the flash utility AND the flash instructions for the floppy method. Why did you try to do it using the Hirens CD? There is no way to force the update. You either need to replace the BIOS chip, replace the motherboard, or remove the chip & perform a "hot flash" on an identical board. Being that the board is a POS anyway, I'd spring for a new one.

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