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A8N-SLI Deluxe, BIOS FLASH problem

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October 24, 2006 12:51:33 PM

Hi guys,

Taking advantage of the dual core amd reduction in price I thought it prudent to invest in the 4800+ model which is due any minute.

In order to do this I need to flash the bios, fairly straight forward using the tools as done in the past but this time I have hit a little snag. I got the mobo on pre-order and still have the first bios revision there is 1002 atm (i know). Never had a problem with the board so never needed to update bios.

The problem I get is when downloading the bios via asus update the, well to quote;

'The model of the BIOS image doesn't match the BIOS ROM currently present.'

The model on the ROM info (my current bios) is A8N-SLI, however the image trying to update has the model A8NSLI-B, do you think this has anything to do with it as my model doesn't have a B in the name? was there a slight upgrade to the initial boards distributed?

Full info as follows;

BIOS ROM Information
ROM Type: SST 49LF004A
Model: A8N-SLI
Version: ASUS A8N-SLI DELIXE ACPI BIOS Revision 1002
Date: 11/26/2004

BIOS Image Information
File name: A8NSB012.BIN
Model: A8NSLI-B
Version: ASUS A8N-SLI ACPI Revision 1012
Date: 09/27/2005

I tried to install a couple of BIOS updates with the same message. I have only ever flashed a gfx card bios manually never a mobo and would prefer to do it via the automatic tool. Any help would be really appreciated.

Full System:
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
AMD 64 3500+
1024mb PC3200
Creative Audigy ZS Soundcard
320gb Seagate SATA II HDD

nb : I got this board on pre-order when it first came out, saw something about a bug riddled a8n-sli vanilla? could this be the one I have 8O
October 24, 2006 1:18:52 PM

What i saw, the latest version is 1016.
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October 24, 2006 2:02:26 PM

Yeah I know mate, I tried installing a couple of bios's tested it on a number of versions all with the same, bios model doesnt match the bios rom currently present.

First I tried to install the latest bios version, then the one just after my current version thinking you might have to install them all.

Remember this board was purchased at the beginning of '95 and as such was the first SLi board to hit the market with all its bug issues etc. However I was quite lucky with no issues with mine, I think ASUS may have revised the model and as such the support on their website is for this 'B' version.

Quote:

BIOS ROM Information
ROM Type: SST 49LF004A
Model: A8N-SLI
Version: ASUS A8N-SLI DELIXE ACPI BIOS Revision 1002
Date: 11/26/2004

BIOS Image Information
File name: A8NSB012.BIN
Model: A8NSLI-B
Version: ASUS A8N-SLI ACPI Revision 1012
Date: 09/27/2005



Oh and btw my dual core processor has just arrived and I cant plug it in :cry:  And thanks for the help so far m8.
October 24, 2006 3:05:44 PM

I Have ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe using beta bios rev.1018,downloaded the version from asus site :wink: ,and working good with my AMD Athlon x2 3800+ :)  ,maybe youre trying to flash your mobo with A8N SLI bios,you see they are two different boards:ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe and ASUS A8N SLI.those are two different things :!: .Just use the asus ez flash utility and it will be ok,although i think youll be ok with your current bios,the x2 4800+ should be recognised :wink: , i didnt have problems with my first bios and x2 3800+

Here are my specs: :wink:
Case:Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA
OS:Windows Vista RC2 Buld 5744(Primary)
CPU:Amd Athlon X2 3800+ 2000mhZ- OC @2600MhZ/vcore 1.425/Cooled By Zalman CPNS 9500AM2 @ AMD Athlon FX60
Video :ATI Radeon X800XL(Temorary)before GeForce 8800GTX
RAM:o CZ 2x 512 mb+Corsair 2x 512mb @ DDR358 2-2-2-5 CR2 2.90v
HDD1: 36GB WD Raptor SATA1(System)
HDD2: 250GB Barracuda SATA2(General)
MOBO: ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe/NForce4 SLI Chip cooled by Passive Alu Heatsink
PSU: 500W Fortron BlueStorm
LCD: 17"Fujitsu Siemens Scaleoview T17-2 VGA @1280x1024 8ms
Mouse:Logitech MX1000 Laser
Speakers:Creative P380 2.1
Router:Thomson Speedtouch 715 v5 WL
Keyboard:Revoltec Lightboard XL 2
Mousepad:Revoltec Gamepad Pro
October 24, 2006 3:20:02 PM

Cant help you more far, sorry. Never heard those vanilla ice cream problem though :lol:  :lol:  . Try to send mail directly to Asus maybe they will offer you an exchange.
Take care m8. :D 
October 24, 2006 3:39:54 PM

Quote:
AFAIK there wasn't any design problem with A8N32-SLI Deluxe unlike the totally bugged out A8N-SLI Deluxe/vanilla.
Sorry to hear your bad luck. It's was a decent board, but way overpriced(in S939 era) for what it's capable of.


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October 24, 2006 3:59:25 PM

Sorry m8. I'm really sorry.
October 25, 2006 6:52:14 AM

Quote:
your current bios,the x2 4800+ should be recognised :wink: , i didnt have problems with my first bios and x2 3800+



may I ask was revision did you have, when I look on the asus website it says I need 1008, mine is only 1002 atm - should I just plug it in and hope for the best, whats the worst that could happnen :D 

And if I do and it somehow recognises it will the dual core be working to its full potential.

My main concern is if I manually download and flash the bios the version I get from the asus website will be this new fadangled 'b' image, should it exist and fubar my mobo. I would buy a new motherboard but then I may as well upgrade to the core duo stuff then.

Ta in advance, oh I have contacted asus too waiting on reply.
October 25, 2006 7:28:08 AM

Unfortunately i dont remember what rev. i had in the first place :oops: 
If your CPU isnt recognised then the computer just wont boot up :wink: thats it,your hardware will not be damaged by any way if that should happen.If it doesent recognise the CPU then just put the old one back and flash bios and put the new one back.If bios flashing fails you can boot up from the cd that came with your mobo,its called CrashFreeBios if i remember correctly :roll:

Here is what you need :)  : http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx
October 25, 2006 10:10:26 AM

thanks man, got the mail from mr Asus this morning with a bios revision and what looks like to be a flash tool, fingers crossed :D 
!