Asus m2n-e won't post after failed bios flash

Asus M2n-e motherboard
November 21, 2010 at 01:27:28
Specs: Windows XP 32 bit sp3 , AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800+/2GB DDR2 800Mhz
I fear I may have bricked my Asus M2N-E mainboard following a failed attempt to update the bios(needed support for the 6000+X2 CPU I was about to install) via the handy Asus Update app in Windows OS, rather than using AWDFLASH.EXE like I should have done.Anxiously I watched as the bars indicating the progress of erasing,then writing to the ROM chip reached 100%....At this point I would like to state for the record that over the course of 10+ years of countless hours spent working on PCs and electronics in general,I've learned that a good technician must posess a tremendous amount of patience,particularly when dealing with assembling,configuring,upgrading and troubleshooting PC systems.So when the third and final progress bar indicating file verification had not moved past 17% for over 3 hours,(and no response from KB & mouse) I crossed my fingers and reluctantly soft reset the machine.Clear RTC,then attempt to power up,with following results:
System powers up for 4-5 seconds then shuts down.
HDD LED lit <1second,then no activity
No FDD activity
CD/DVD spools up/seeks,(light flashes)
All fans spool up
No response from KB/mouse
No response from display

System will remain powered on (fans spinning)as long as reset button is pressed repeatedly or held down continuously,but no response from HDD,FDD,CD/DVD,KB/mouse,or display.

Much to my dismay,(then to my horror) it was quickly becoming apparent that a catastrophic event had occured, and that there was a strong possibility that I might start to cry like a bitch...
ANYWAY, if anyone has any suggestions/ideas other than hanging wall art.

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November 21, 2010 at 03:33:13
Have you checked the maker's website?

Sometimes utilites are provided to get you out of trouble following such an event.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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November 21, 2010 at 07:09:20
Flashing the BIOS is always a bit risky, flashing thru Windows even moreso. Asus usually has 3 methods available - DOS flash from a bootable floppy, Windows flash or EZ Flash which is performed from within the BIOS menu. The only one I don't recommend is the Windows based flash.

Your board has a "Crash Free" BIOS. How to use it should be explained in your motherboard manual, but being that your board won't boot at all, it probably won't work. It's worth a shot though. Next step would be to contact Asus support.

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November 21, 2010 at 22:45:06
I'm pretty shure I've downloaded every bios related file from the Asus support site,and very little,if any reference to "no post after BIOS update failure" in troubleshooting,FAQS, or technical reference pages.I have however, found several excellent BIOS related sites that I wish I'd visited prior to my botched "upgrade" attempt,and I believe the board will be reanimated upon a successful hotflash of the BIOS chip.I will post the outcome.

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January 29, 2011 at 11:26:57
hello, in case you are still working on this or someone else a similar problem, here is a trick that might help.

next to the winbond chip on the mobo are two small solder points side by side with a small white rectangle painted around them and a small arrow pointing at the winbond chip nearby. shorting these two solder points was necessary for me to flash my bios since otherwise it gave a message about "flash rom write-protected". it's worth a try to short these two points as you boot with the manufacturer's CD in your CDROM as it may cause it to launch the crashfree bios mode. hth. if not try alt-f2 on boot to enter ez-flash.

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February 5, 2011 at 12:28:45
I am having the exact problem. Did you manage anything?Seems that bios EZ Flash recovery is not an option, as there is no display at screen. It reminds me back in 1998 with that win95.cih (also named chernobyl) virus, that flashed the bios of the m/b. The only solution was to hot swap the m/b bios and flash it. Be careful though and make sure that the bios chip to be removed is not fitted firmly on the socket

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March 27, 2011 at 19:27:41
did you get a solution? i am in the same situation, bios update failed, MB does not boot, no beeps.


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