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BIOS update gone wrong

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hamhamwich, May 24, 2010.

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  1. hamhamwich

    hamhamwich Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I hope this is posted in the right place.

    I think I have messed up my computer big time and need some advice. :(

    I was trying to update the BIOS on my Medion 8838 because I wanted to use more than 4GB of ram.

    I downloaded the BIOS update from the Medion website booted the computer into DOS and applied the update.

    Everything seemed to run smoothly with the update and when it finished my computer rebooted but just kept on turning on for about 2 seconds and then turning off again like it is stuck in a loop.

    Now whenever I plug in the computer this loop of turning on and off starts again.

    I have tried resetting the CMOS but to no avail.

    I am seeking advice on what I can do.

    Is this fixable?
    Do I need a new motherboard?
    Is my computer dead?

    Any advice would be much appreciated. :confused:
     
  2. SnakZ

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  3. hamhamwich

    hamhamwich Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply SnakZ

    I think I am just going to buy a new motherboard.
     
  4. jazz3000

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    http://www.medion.co.uk/ You might try contacting these folks and asking why your having the problem. I see a 1-800 number posted.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    It sounds like this is too far gone to attempt a blind bios flash. You really have only three options;

    1 Replace the mb
    2 Replace the bios chip [if it is one that uses a socket]
    3 If it is a standard type bios chip, you can attempt a hot flash of the bios using another system with the same chip config.

    Note option 3 requires a high level of hardware skill to accomplish. One other item. If you replace the mb with something other than the same board or its designated replacement board, you will most likely have to buy a new copy of windows. OEM type windows lives and dies with the original hardware ie mb.

    If you have a retail [not oem] copy of windows, then you can desregard having to buy a new copy.
     
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