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a b V Motherboard
August 16, 2004 1:43:27 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

In an effort to get my Asus p4b533-e to recognize my usb 2.0 ports I
made what looks like a huge error and attempted to update the system
BIOS using the ASUS autoupdate program in windows. The program first
updated itself then had me pick the BIOS version I wanted to update to
and I selected the most recent on the list (dated feb or march 2003).
The software began the process of flashing my BIOS, but kept showing
an error when checking itself. The program said to run update again if
there was an error and that time it indicated successful and said i
needed to reboot.

When I rebooted, the bios check indicated an error and told me to
insert a boot disk and hit enter. I tried doing this, but computer did
not respond to enter key. I was using a wireless keyboard at the time.
I was stuck with nothing happening, so i restarted the PC. Restarting
the PC this time did not send a signal to my monitor, nor was there
the usual beeps from the PC (POST Reports), the CD Rom drives LED's
turned on, but not the Floppy or HD.

I borrowed a standard keyboard and created a bootable floppy with
ASUS\s DOSFLASH utility and the latest BIOS and tried numerous times
to reboot the PC, but the results are consistantly the same. No signal
to monitor, keyboard LED's flash, CD Drives respond, but no
beeps(POST) from the PC speaker, no floppy or HD LED's.

Right now I have my motherboard out of the case with just the floppy,
HD, CD/RW, power supply and video card hooked into it. I'm at a loss
and desperate for any suggestions.

Thank you in advance. Please respond to my e-mail directly
Architect02116@HOTMAIL.COM
August 16, 2004 8:31:24 AM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

In article <3e5cd776.0408152043.5ed4ea0b@posting.google.com>,
Architect02116@hotmail.com (Daniel C. miller) wrote:

> In an effort to get my Asus p4b533-e to recognize my usb 2.0 ports I
> made what looks like a huge error and attempted to update the system
> BIOS using the ASUS autoupdate program in windows. The program first
> updated itself then had me pick the BIOS version I wanted to update to
> and I selected the most recent on the list (dated feb or march 2003).
> The software began the process of flashing my BIOS, but kept showing
> an error when checking itself. The program said to run update again if
> there was an error and that time it indicated successful and said i
> needed to reboot.
>
> When I rebooted, the bios check indicated an error and told me to
> insert a boot disk and hit enter. I tried doing this, but computer did
> not respond to enter key. I was using a wireless keyboard at the time.
> I was stuck with nothing happening, so i restarted the PC. Restarting
> the PC this time did not send a signal to my monitor, nor was there
> the usual beeps from the PC (POST Reports), the CD Rom drives LED's
> turned on, but not the Floppy or HD.
>
> I borrowed a standard keyboard and created a bootable floppy with
> ASUS\s DOSFLASH utility and the latest BIOS and tried numerous times
> to reboot the PC, but the results are consistantly the same. No signal
> to monitor, keyboard LED's flash, CD Drives respond, but no
> beeps(POST) from the PC speaker, no floppy or HD LED's.
>
> Right now I have my motherboard out of the case with just the floppy,
> HD, CD/RW, power supply and video card hooked into it. I'm at a loss
> and desperate for any suggestions.
>
> Thank you in advance. Please respond to my e-mail directly
> Architect02116@HOTMAIL.COM

The short answer is to contact badflash.com or talk to Asus tech
support, about buying another flash chip, or with badflash, you
have a second option of sending them the old flash chip, and they'll
flash it to whatever version of file you want. That should get you
back on your feet.

It is possible the response you got after rebooting, means the
boot block is still intact. That has enough code to boot from
a floppy, and by setting up an autoexec.bat file, you can try
to flash the BIOS again. There is not enough code to drive a
video card (apparently only an ISA card?), so the big problem
will be not being able to see the progress of the flash. That
is the reason for the emphasis on "autoexec.bat file".

Now, the fact that you are currently wedged, could be due to the
use of jumper free mode. If you are currently in Jumperfree mode,
move the jumper to the other position and set up the dip switches.
The frequency dip switch would be set to 100/66/33 for a FSB400
processor and 133/66/33 for a FSB533 processor. The multiplier
dip switches don't matter, as retail processors are locked.

Try that first, and see if you get the prompt for the floppy again.
If it still doesn't work, do the "clear CMOS" procedure (clrtc in
the manual). Remember to unplug the computer first, as no power
should be present while doing it. A previous poster in this group,
suggests that removing the CMOS battery and shorting the battery
contacts in the battery socket, may work better than trying to
short the two solder contacts with a screwdriver tip. As long as
the computer is unplugged, there should be no danger by doing this
procedure. You'll need to set the clock, if you ever get the board
running again.

Assuming you now have the disk boot prompt, or the screen is black,
and the computer is attempting to access the floppy (you hear that
"grinding" sound), now you can try the autoexec (boot block based)
flash method.

Here is a previous post I wrote on the subject:
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=nospam-14020421493...

The current uniflash.txt file with the details I read:
http://www.rainbow-software.org/uniflash.txt

Here is a one line autoexec.bat file for your DOS boot disk. I
cooked this up and it isn't tested. I'm assuming you backed up
the old BIOS file and it is something like 1011E.AWD. If you tried
to flash using the ZIP file, that would cook it for sure :-)
Aflash.exe and 1011E.AWD, plus the boot files, should be on the disk.
Format a: /s can be used to prep the floppy before copying any files.

@AFLASH /AUTO 1011E.AWD

These are the options I found inside aflash221, using a hex editor.
If you have a working computer that uses an Award BIOS, you may be
able to execute "aflash /?" to actually see what all the options are.

ASUS ACPI BIOSFLASH MEMORY WRITER V2.21%s
Copyright (C) 1994-2002, ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
USAGE: AFLASH [Options] [ROMFile]
/AUTO ROMFile Automated update BIOS without Boot Block and ESCD
/BOOT Update BIOS including Boot Block and ESCD

In my example above, I used the AUTO function, in the hope that it means
aflash will do the whole process without keyboard input. I did _not_
include the /BOOT option, because at this point, all that is working
is the boot block, and the /BOOT option might wipe it out.

If you get it to work, please post back. We need all the help we can
get :-)

Paul
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 16, 2004 3:57:28 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

try

bioschips.afraid.org
nospam@needed.com (Paul) wrote in message news:<nospam-1608040432080001@192.168.1.177>...
> In article <3e5cd776.0408152043.5ed4ea0b@posting.google.com>,
> Architect02116@hotmail.com (Daniel C. miller) wrote:
>
> > In an effort to get my Asus p4b533-e to recognize my usb 2.0 ports I
> > made what looks like a huge error and attempted to update the system
> > BIOS using the ASUS autoupdate program in windows. The program first
> > updated itself then had me pick the BIOS version I wanted to update to
> > and I selected the most recent on the list (dated feb or march 2003).
> > The software began the process of flashing my BIOS, but kept showing
> > an error when checking itself. The program said to run update again if
> > there was an error and that time it indicated successful and said i
> > needed to reboot.
> >
> > When I rebooted, the bios check indicated an error and told me to
> > insert a boot disk and hit enter. I tried doing this, but computer did
> > not respond to enter key. I was using a wireless keyboard at the time.
> > I was stuck with nothing happening, so i restarted the PC. Restarting
> > the PC this time did not send a signal to my monitor, nor was there
> > the usual beeps from the PC (POST Reports), the CD Rom drives LED's
> > turned on, but not the Floppy or HD.
> >
> > I borrowed a standard keyboard and created a bootable floppy with
> > ASUS\s DOSFLASH utility and the latest BIOS and tried numerous times
> > to reboot the PC, but the results are consistantly the same. No signal
> > to monitor, keyboard LED's flash, CD Drives respond, but no
> > beeps(POST) from the PC speaker, no floppy or HD LED's.
> >
> > Right now I have my motherboard out of the case with just the floppy,
> > HD, CD/RW, power supply and video card hooked into it. I'm at a loss
> > and desperate for any suggestions.
> >
> > Thank you in advance. Please respond to my e-mail directly
> > Architect02116@HOTMAIL.COM
>
> The short answer is to contact badflash.com or talk to Asus tech
> support, about buying another flash chip, or with badflash, you
> have a second option of sending them the old flash chip, and they'll
> flash it to whatever version of file you want. That should get you
> back on your feet.
>
> It is possible the response you got after rebooting, means the
> boot block is still intact. That has enough code to boot from
> a floppy, and by setting up an autoexec.bat file, you can try
> to flash the BIOS again. There is not enough code to drive a
> video card (apparently only an ISA card?), so the big problem
> will be not being able to see the progress of the flash. That
> is the reason for the emphasis on "autoexec.bat file".
>
> Now, the fact that you are currently wedged, could be due to the
> use of jumper free mode. If you are currently in Jumperfree mode,
> move the jumper to the other position and set up the dip switches.
> The frequency dip switch would be set to 100/66/33 for a FSB400
> processor and 133/66/33 for a FSB533 processor. The multiplier
> dip switches don't matter, as retail processors are locked.
>
> Try that first, and see if you get the prompt for the floppy again.
> If it still doesn't work, do the "clear CMOS" procedure (clrtc in
> the manual). Remember to unplug the computer first, as no power
> should be present while doing it. A previous poster in this group,
> suggests that removing the CMOS battery and shorting the battery
> contacts in the battery socket, may work better than trying to
> short the two solder contacts with a screwdriver tip. As long as
> the computer is unplugged, there should be no danger by doing this
> procedure. You'll need to set the clock, if you ever get the board
> running again.
>
> Assuming you now have the disk boot prompt, or the screen is black,
> and the computer is attempting to access the floppy (you hear that
> "grinding" sound), now you can try the autoexec (boot block based)
> flash method.
>
> Here is a previous post I wrote on the subject:
> http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=nospam-14020421493...
>
> The current uniflash.txt file with the details I read:
> http://www.rainbow-software.org/uniflash.txt
>
> Here is a one line autoexec.bat file for your DOS boot disk. I
> cooked this up and it isn't tested. I'm assuming you backed up
> the old BIOS file and it is something like 1011E.AWD. If you tried
> to flash using the ZIP file, that would cook it for sure :-)
> Aflash.exe and 1011E.AWD, plus the boot files, should be on the disk.
> Format a: /s can be used to prep the floppy before copying any files.
>
> @AFLASH /AUTO 1011E.AWD
>
> These are the options I found inside aflash221, using a hex editor.
> If you have a working computer that uses an Award BIOS, you may be
> able to execute "aflash /?" to actually see what all the options are.
>
> ASUS ACPI BIOSFLASH MEMORY WRITER V2.21%s
> Copyright (C) 1994-2002, ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
> USAGE: AFLASH [Options] [ROMFile]
> /AUTO ROMFile Automated update BIOS without Boot Block and ESCD
> /BOOT Update BIOS including Boot Block and ESCD
>
> In my example above, I used the AUTO function, in the hope that it means
> aflash will do the whole process without keyboard input. I did _not_
> include the /BOOT option, because at this point, all that is working
> is the boot block, and the /BOOT option might wipe it out.
>
> If you get it to work, please post back. We need all the help we can
> get :-)
>
> Paul
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