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Re-Flash Bad BIOS

I have an issue with a desktop of mine; it hanged while in POST and on a hard reset now will not finish POST, and instead says: "Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [EMem]." I am quite confident that I have broken my BIOS and completely bricked this PC; even after removing the CMOS battery and clearing that this still persists. So, how exactly do I flash my BIOS in this case? I know where to get the file to flash with, but I cannot use a floppy, as this is the only computer with a floppy drive.
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  1. with bios flash files there are two ways to flash most new mb bios. the old way was a boot disk and on it was the newest bios flash file and a bios flasher. newer mb now have a bios flasher built into them in the advace tab of the bios. all you need do is put the bios flash file on a cd or usb stick and search for it. on newer asus mb there is a usb flashback button. if the bios chip has gone bad look at the chip itself. some bios chips are small six pin chips that for a few dollors on ebay can buy and pull out with a chip puller and then press in a new chip. if it soilder on check with the mb vendor to see if the mb still under warranty some old mb had five years on them.
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    In this situation your only option would be replacing the BIOS chip, unless your MOBO supports the USB BIOS flash-back feature that same Asus boards have, I am not sure if other manufacturers feature it but it is probably called something different. It lets you plug in a flash drive and manually flash the BIOS without booting the PC.
  3. chugot9218 said:
    In this situation your only option would be replacing the BIOS chip, unless your MOBO supports the USB BIOS flash-back feature that same Asus boards have, I am not sure if other manufacturers feature it but it is probably called something different. It lets you plug in a flash drive and manually flash the BIOS without booting the PC.


    Considering my PC is from 2003 (Dell Dimension 8300) I doubt it has support for a USB BIOS flash. I'll look into a new BIOS chip, but my experience with PCs that are pre-built makes me think it is soldered on. Thanks for the input.
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