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i updated bios and now my pc wont boot up.

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April 2, 2004 7:29:28 PM

Hey, last night i decided to update my bios on my Asus A7N8X Deluxe using the Asus live update program that came on the cd. The
reason i upgraded was because i was having problems
with my video card and it kept crashing on me in 3D
games, so since i've tried everything, i thought a
bios update could help. So i used the update program
and it update with no problem, and i think it updated
to the latest A7N8X deluxe drivers from fall 2003 i think
it was like version 1007. So once it was updated, it
automatically rebooted and every thing was fine, once
i entered my desktop, device manager informed me
something called "pci memory controller" and another
memory type program were now installed. Then i
decided to reboot again so i can go into bios and
check out the new updated bios, so i rebooted and had
delete pressed, but my sytem never booted to windows,
now everytime i boot up, all you see is a black screen
but my pc is on, and my monitor looks like its on
standby.
I had alot of gigs of information on my pc which i of
course couldn't back up, cause it was too much, and i
want to know if theres anyway to get my pc in working
condition with out loosing all my stuff.
I don't know what to do now, please help me! =(

my pc:
Asus A7N8X Deluxe
AMD Athlon XP 2600+
Geforce 4 Ti4600
1GB memory PC2100
450 Gigs
Windows XP Pro

I already tried helpdesk.asus.com, but while im waiting for a reply, i was hoping to get some info from you guys, thx =).

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April 2, 2004 7:46:35 PM

Sounds rather like it's not intializing your AGP correctly. I'd take it down, make sure everything's seated properly/plugged in, and if it still won't come up, try a PCI video card. That doesn't work, borrow/steal a monitor to try.

This of course is assuming you ahven't done anything stupid like unplug pc speaker(or regular speakers if it has newer Asus bios that uses the speakers and a voice chip to tell you the problems). If you've done either of those, then hook the appropriate speakers back up first and see if it's giving an erro rmessage.
April 2, 2004 9:01:03 PM

"I had alot of gigs of information on my pc which i of
course couldn't back up, cause it was too much, and i
want to know if theres anyway to get my pc in working
condition with out loosing all my stuff."

Don't worry too much about that. Flashing your BIOS generally s/n affect the HD data. When you flash you're reprograming the EPPROM (or something similar) chip which resides on your MOBO.


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April 3, 2004 9:29:56 AM

Coyote is correct, your eeprom is a cmos memory chip.
Asus had a lot of problems (Abit as well) with the first cmos they used on the A7N8X boards. Many retailers took extra cmos chips to counteract this problem. You may be able to get the bios replaced by one of them.
April 3, 2004 5:50:20 PM

hey guys the problem is fixed, all i had to do was remove my CMOS battery, then reset my CLR_RTC, then it went back to normal.
thx to helpdesk.asus.com
April 3, 2004 9:31:57 PM

If you really needed the data bad...you could always have jumpered your harddrive to slave and connected it to another pc...

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