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Old 05-21-2005, 03:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy Downloaded wrong BIOS flash update. PC won't start ??


Yes I did it... The commonest big goofs around. I have a Gigabyte K8N-PRO F-11 MOBO. In the corner of my taskbar was an icon. Curiosity made me wonder what it was for. It was the Gigabyte automatic online BIOS flash update. I clicked on it I looked for my MOBO's no. by scrolling and then downlaoded, thinking I knew my board No. I was off by one of the trailing digits however. Now, I can't get the machine to turn on. It freezes up right away at the start of POST. I have floppy's with the backup of the original BIOS flash. But it won't read them. I have another PC right next to it. Could I use this to somehow jumpstart it?

Thanks. Metalflight
 
Old 05-21-2005, 07:18 PM   #2
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I would see if there is a jumper on the board to boot off its second bios, gigabyte boards use dual bios, a backup one incase one fails. If it posts you can get to it by hitting F7 or something, but since you cnanot post there may be a jumper to move to change to the other one.. check in the mb manual or their support site. www.giga-byte.com
 
Old 05-22-2005, 12:25 AM   #3
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Mysterious anomally prior to BIOS goof-up

Thanks for the advice doox00!!

Another problem that I have. Everytime the power supply rear switch is shut off, or cord becomes unplugged, the machine will not turn on for 24 hrs. I get no response from the on switch whatsoever. I have tried everything. Including clearing the CMOS. I phoned Gigabyte about this problem and they reccomended trying a more thourough CMOS clearing. Removing the battery, unplugging the square ATX power input, the rectangle power input and shorting out the + and - terminals of the battery fixture. Of course this didn't work either. This is why I was in such a hurry to give this box a new updated BIOS.

So after I try anything, I'll have to wait the 24hr period for the results. Unless I leave the MOBO activated. So I'm about ready to give this box a fling.

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Old 05-22-2005, 02:13 AM   #4
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How long has the battery been removed? If it's only for a few seconds, it won't matter, most mobos need about 15-20 minutes to discharge. The only way the mobo would know that 24 hours have passed is if it could keep track of time, and that would require a power source. Taking out the battery should do it, but because there are capacitors built in to the mobo (to avoid having the machine lose all info if the battery needs to be changed) most mobo's need about 20 minutes to discharge. I'd suggest pulling the battery, watching TV for one hour (just to play it safe) then trying it. Good luck with it -- J.W.
 
Old 05-22-2005, 03:01 AM   #5
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Wrong Bios flash

Thanks JW...
I should have been more specific.... I'll leave the battery out overnight. Unplug the peripherals, Put the whole mess together in the morning. turn on P.S. hook up everyhthing, Dead.... No response. I just tell everyone the PC is shot. A couple of days later, I press the on button. It starts and runs beautifully!
 
Old 05-22-2005, 09:41 AM   #6
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dood, something is really messed up its either the board is bad or another peice of hardware in your system. rma it get it replaced I'd say. Maybe try taking the whole thing apart and remounting the mainboard in the case and be certain the board is not being shorted out (extra mb mounting post where it should not be etc) also if you can, try another powersupply, maybe its a power supply issue.
 
  


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