I noticed that there was a bios update (NF4UA912.BF) available on the Biostar website. The instructions said that I had to make a bootable floppy, etc. I do not have a floppy drive, and most new computers don't either so I thought how are they going to get around that? So I made a bootable cd using Nero and but the awdflash and bios update on the cd. I did this and restarted the computer with the bootable cd with bios update in it. Everything was going swell. The bios flasher was running and doing its thing: deleting bios, flashing bios, etc. Then it went to programming bios. I stuttered for a second and the screen went blank. I thought that's ok, I'll just wait (after getting warned never to stop a bios update before it's done). Usually a bios update takes a minute or two so after about 10 minutes I figured either it's done or I screwed it up. I removed the cd and restarted. Nothing, the fan goes but that's about it. I would appreciate any help.
Thanks for the reply. The mobo is a NF4UL-A9. Unfortunately I've had it since last summer so no RMA for me. I've updated bios before (not with this mobo) with a number of other mobos and everything worked fine following directions (I also had a floppy drive back in those days). Seeing that it got as far as it did I assume that the method (w/bootable cd) might actually work and that there may be other contributing factors. Not to neccessarily bad-mouth Biostar, but it was a cheaper mobo and I only got it because I was running out of money when I put the computer together. Before I buy a new mobo I was hoping that maybe someone has a suggestion that may save the board before it gets the ol' heave ho.
Thanks for the tip. I did send Biostar tech support a message describing my problem. I received a canned reply saying that I should only update bios using a floppy, as described in their instructions. Which is true, but I also figure that floppy drive-less pc have been on the market long enough that mobo companies should realize that someone shouldn't have to have a floppy drive just in case their bios needs updating. In the end it's my bad because I didn't follow their directions. What can you do?
Sorry it didn't work out. I only mentioned it because Asus will (has) on occasion come thru with help. I was hoping Biostar would also (even tho their margins are slimmer). Even today I always include a floppy drive in my builds. They run $8-$12 and are good insurance. Both Asus and Intel bios upgrades often require a DOS based floppy, even though in some cases you can do a bios flash online! 8O Now there's a scary thought!