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I went to my motherboards makers website today and saw a brand new BIOS update that would add support for AM3 cpus. As I hope to get one of them soon I decided to download it and attempt to flash the BIOS (attempt is the key word.)

The manufactures website gave directions on how to flash the BIOS from a DOS usb as I had one laying around I decided to go that method (don't ask me why I had one.)

Following the manufactures instructions I ran this command afudos [filename] /p /b /n /c /x (I am not an idiot and I put the real file name in the command)

As the instructions said it would run threw some steps. It went threw all of them untill it got to erasing bootblock. Soon after reaching this it crashed (the computer not DOS.) Based on the instructions it should not automatically restart and it should have good threw 3 more steps before it completed.

As the computer started up I had to recreate the CMOS and just set the bios as default settings. Now I am having booting problems.

I cant boot vista 64 bit (stops at chcdisk.sys if you run it in safe mode.) The vista install disk also fails (at disk.sys.) Even my Ubuntu disk wont load.

I managed to install XP after 2 tries (first one stopped working shortly after the GUI loads.) I have tried Re-Flashing the BIOS again and it still isant working and crashes on the bootblock thing again.

Anyone who can help me will get my forever gratitude and a ton of Rep.

Links:Motherboards home page
Bios Download Page
post #2 of 11
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I forgot to mention but I will give rep to every single person who post useful info here. And the person who helps me fix this will forever be in my gratitude.
post #3 of 11
If you can't reflash in anyway with success then I would say to RMA the board. It may not even be your fault, it may well indeed be the bios writers fault.
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download the updated bios and re-flash again.
    
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post #5 of 11
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I purchased the MOBO from Neweggs about 2 months ago and they have a 30 day back rule so that may not work. What I am really hopping for is to get help finding out what the problem is so I can successfully reflash the BIOS.

As I have mentioned earlier I can boot up the computer it just has problems.

I now also have XP running but I don't know how I can use it to find the problem.

I also plan to re-attempt to install Vista on a different drive in the next hour or so.
post #6 of 11
It sounds like you are using AFUDOS to flash. If so here is the best way to flash:

to make it easy, rename the bios file to "new.rom"

Then flash from dos with this command:

afudos /inew.rom /pbnc /n
(be aware there are spaces... I will denote them with _)
afudos_/inew.rom_/pbnc_/n


Here is a tutorial I put together (altered for your needs):

Start off by making the USB bootable.

*Creating a Bootabe USB*
Quote:
1. Make a USB bootable drive using this creator:
USB Boot drive (HPUSBFW)

2. Then download the boot files and extract them to a folder of your choice

3. Run the HPUSBFW program.



Select the correct USB device from the drop-down menu, set file system to FAT32 and check Create a DOS startup disk.

4. Then browse for the extracted boot files (now in the folder of your choice) and press start to begin formating it.

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*Note* It is highly recommended that you first go into bios to load default bios options. Then set the ram voltage to manufacturer specs (You dont want an unstable system when flashing bios).

Using AFUDOS:

1. Download the new bios and rename it to new.rom and save it to the USB drive

2. Download and save the AFUDOS flash utility to the USB.

3. Insert the USB drive into the USB port and select the USB drive to boot from.

4. At the C: type afudos /inew.rom /pbnc /n

5. The bios will then begin flashing. Dont do anything until the bios is finished flashing and you are instructed to reboot.

6. Finally, shut down and CLR CMOS.

**Also note that this version of AFUDOS is the engineer's version, and can flash any bios. So you can use it to force flash even a wrong bios**
Edited by ericeod - 2/18/09 at 8:37pm
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post #7 of 11
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Thanks a ton for those instructions ericeod. I am setting up the drive now. Wish me luck
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Thanks a ton for those instructions ericeod. I am setting up the drive now. Wish me luck
Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
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The program for the first time ran all the way threw. Restarting now to see if its working. I am going to be forever in your debt if this works.
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The program for the first time ran all the way threw. Restarting now to see if its working. I am going to be forever in your debt if this works.
Dont forget to CLR CMOS after flashing. It never hurts, and almost always helps!
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