Solved Award BIOS flash failed can I obtain new chip

Advent 3411
August 14, 2011 at 06:13:25
Specs: Windows XP sp3, Pentium 4
BIOS v6 revision 3.06 7/25/2002 on Mircostart MS6579 m/board in Advent 3411 PCI downloaded from an official site and ran the flash - the process ran smothly and reported successful. I clicked on restart. My system closed down but cannot be restarted.
Are replacement BIOS chip available and easy to fit?
Is there any other way or is my PC scrap?
GRASSHOPPER

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August 14, 2011 at 11:07:14
Try this first, may work 3% of the time. Power off computer and remove ac plug. Press power button a few times then try again. If fails also then try this. Power off and remove ac plug, press power button a few times then either remove cmos battery or reset bios with the reset jumper. (see owners manual to be sure) . Then try again.

I'd doubt you can buy a single pre-programmed chip.

It may be possible for a techie with some geeky hardware to burn in a new bios to either that chip or another new chip.


NEVER flash a bios just because you feel like it. This is why.


You would be better off trying to find a replacement board if the maker doesn't offer a failsafe bios.


CN should have limited that name to grasshopper1 or some other than caps.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.



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#2
August 14, 2011 at 07:28:11
"downloaded from an official site"

And what official site might that be? The MS-6579 is an OEM board used by several different system manufacturers. HP calls it the Argon motherboard:

http://www.ctechinfo.net/boards/msi...

What was your reason for flashing the BIOS & where did you get the BIOS file from? Being that the board is almost 10 yrs old, it's probably not worth investing any money in it.


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#3
August 14, 2011 at 08:47:32
Just so the members know, this is not me, the original Grasshopper:))

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August 14, 2011 at 11:07:14
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Try this first, may work 3% of the time. Power off computer and remove ac plug. Press power button a few times then try again. If fails also then try this. Power off and remove ac plug, press power button a few times then either remove cmos battery or reset bios with the reset jumper. (see owners manual to be sure) . Then try again.

I'd doubt you can buy a single pre-programmed chip.

It may be possible for a techie with some geeky hardware to burn in a new bios to either that chip or another new chip.


NEVER flash a bios just because you feel like it. This is why.


You would be better off trying to find a replacement board if the maker doesn't offer a failsafe bios.


CN should have limited that name to grasshopper1 or some other than caps.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#5
August 14, 2011 at 12:01:31
Thanks to all for very quick responses. Sorry to the other Grasshopper but I`ve been GRASSHOPPER for eighty years hence my problem I find it difficult to keep up with advancing technology. The reason was that some time ago I fitted replacement 250gig HD to replace the original 80gig. The PC only reported this as being 130gig. I was advised to upgrade the BIOS. The supplier of my BIOS flash was "esupport-BIOSAgent Plus". When I reported that the PC would not boot up again they advised to take out the battery and leave it overnight. Next day I put the battery back but it was the same. Switch on and HD activity for about 20secs then nothing- just the fan running fast like the normal start up where runs fast for a few seconds. I`ll try the new suggestions and report back. I`m now contemplating the expense of a new PC. An expensive lesson.

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#6
August 14, 2011 at 12:21:44
No problem, there's always room for another grasshopper on the planet. My hat off to you if you've been grasshopper for 80 years. I would try a replacement board like Jefro said. Cheaper than an new machine.

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#7
August 14, 2011 at 12:48:18
"ty years hence my problem I find it difficult to keep up with advancing technology. The reason was that some time ago I fitted replacement 250gig HD to replace the original 80gig. The PC only reported this as being 130gig."

This is usually a service pack issue not a bios issue.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#8
August 21, 2011 at 08:32:57
Yes -I tried your suggestion plus others with no luck. The only thing that has changed is that instead of cutting off in 20secs the HD activity light now stays on with the fast fan untill I give up and turn it off. No screen acivity seen so I trun off after 10 mins. Can`t tell if the HD is actually working or not.
I have now bought a new HDG5410UK Win7-64bit, 4gig ram, 1T HD, 3.2 Processor.
Very fast but won`t run half of my software or my scanner!!! and can`t fit my new optical dvd drive.
I will fit a replacement motherboard in the Advent3411 WinXP just to run what the Win7 won`t.

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