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How safe is hot swapping a BIOS chip?

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I bought a Biostar 790GX with a corrupt BIOS chip, planning to just buy a new one off eBay. However, it turns out the only seller of the same BIOS chip takes like >2 weeks and I need it before then (the computer is for a friend who's from out of town).

So, I'm thinking of doing a hot swap flash with my ASRock 780GXE in my working computer. How safe is doing that? Am I risking a lot?

I don't wanna break my motherboard.
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You can't use a different BIOS from a different motherboard, let alone manufacturer. It won't work. Why not try and get a BIOS chip from Biostar themselves?
    
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You can't use a different BIOS from a different motherboard, let alone manufacturer. It won't work. Why not try and get a BIOS chip from Biostar themselves?
No, no, no. I mean doing a hot swap flash. That means:

1. Boot up ASRock board.
2. Swap the ASRock BIOS chip and put the Biostar one in.
3. Flash Biostar BIOS chip with the correct firmware.
4. Shut down, put the Biostar BIOS chip back in the Biostar board and put the ASRock BIOS chip in the ASRock board.
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Does anyone know? The motherboard will be coming today or tomorrow and I need to know.
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Originally Posted by allenottawa View Post
No, no, no. I mean doing a hot swap flash. That means:

1. Boot up ASRock board.
2. Swap the ASRock BIOS chip and put the Biostar one in.
3. Flash Biostar BIOS chip with the correct firmware.
4. Shut down, put the Biostar BIOS chip back in the Biostar board and put the ASRock BIOS chip in the ASRock board.


I am almost certain you cannot do this.

Im sure you will 'f both your boards up. Dont do it man.
   
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Are you planning on swapping the chip while the board is on?
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post #7 of 14
Seems like it might work if the Bios chips are the same type of chip but I bet there is some obvious reason that we have not considered that would prevent it from working. Id be very suprised if it worked. I wouldnt reccomment it but you can order anew Bios chip from you board from several websites.
    
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Originally Posted by allenottawa View Post
No, no, no. I mean doing a hot swap flash. That means:

1. Boot up ASRock board.
2. Swap the ASRock BIOS chip and put the Biostar one in.
3. Flash Biostar BIOS chip with the correct firmware.
4. Shut down, put the Biostar BIOS chip back in the Biostar board and put the ASRock BIOS chip in the ASRock board.
that wont work your just going to brick both boards, play it safe buy the bios chip and use your current mobo till it arrives.
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post #9 of 14
lets not and say you did.

what does the board do when you try and boot it up?
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I am almost certain you cannot do this.

Im sure you will 'f both your boards up. Dont do it man.
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that wont work your just going to brick both boards, play it safe buy the bios chip and use your current mobo till it arrives.
Agreed.
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