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OK so I'm going to purchase a programer to flash the chip on my MB. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Used to use Microchip for small CNC projects so I'm sure I can do this.
Also any photos to help with location of chip on a ASUS Crossfire IV?
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Microchip brand flash programmers are nice; I've used them on their PIC line of microcontrollers. I think most boards currently use 8 pin dip SPI chips, and microchip uses SPI, so you should be good to go. Look on your motherboard for a small black chip with 8 pins on it, in a socket. It should say winbond on it, and then 25q32 or something similar. That would be a dip8 SPI.

BTW, if you can solder, and you have a linux pc with a parallel port, you can flash it yourself, with a fistful of radio shack crud. I bricked my new ASUS m5a99x EVO with their own BIOS update program (can't believe this isn't foolproof yet), and before I went to exchange it, I decided to try flashing it myself, since I had all the parts on-hand. After all, if it didn't work, I could still exchange.

It worked great, so I decided to keep the board:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1318260/m5a99x-bios-1503-brick-solved#post_18414851


EDIT:

The BIOS chip should look something like this:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/W25Q64BVAIG-DIP-8-MXIC-25Q64BVAIG-64MBIT/503973_441878133.html

If you only see 1 of those chips on the board, and it has a number 25Qxxxxx, that's the bios.
Edited by carangil - 10/22/12 at 2:08pm
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Thanks will look at the links you provided.
I thought that would be the bios chip but is better to ask than assume!
Edited by AMelvin - 10/22/12 at 10:22pm
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So all the info I've found shows proto boards with parallel ports. Does anyone have a link for a site that shows using USB ports?
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