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Did I kill my computer?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cirzino, Jul 16, 2007.

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  1. Cirzino

    Cirzino Thread Starter

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    With a bios update?

    Now this is not the first time I do it and I never had a problem, but yesterday I flashed the bios on my Epox 9NPA+Ultra with a recent release (9npa6811). Upon reboot I got the BSOD (well actually the computer rebooted while loading windows, but I imagine that was a BSOD). So I tried again. Reboot. Tried again, this time in safe mode, and the computer hang after loading only a few drivers. Specifically the last one on the list was Mup.sys. Now it's gotten worse. The windows logo doesn't even show up briefly before reboot and I cannot boot in safe or prompt mode, nor I can choose "previous settings that worked". I can access the BIOS though and it looks fine.

    Any suggestions? Should I try to reinstall WinXP or should I just buy a new motherboard/CPU/RAM?

    Thanks,

    Cirzino
     
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  3. win2kpro

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    I ASSUME you downloaded and flashed with the 12/06/2005 BIOS. I didn't see any instructions as to the EPOX flash procedure. The EPOX website for all practical purposes is worthless.

    If you know the BIOS flash procedure, then I would go on another machine and download the Bios of 9/23/2005 and re-flash with that BIOS.

    If you don't know the procedure, you can go here;

    https://www.epoxstore.com/Product_Detail.asp?Product_ID=1015

    and order a new BIOS for your board.
     
  4. Cirzino

    Cirzino Thread Starter

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    Hello there,

    thank you for the quick feedback.

    win2kpro: actually the Epox global website is slightly better (http://www.epox.com.tw/eng/support.php?ps=335&type=1). They have more recent BIOS there. The one I flashed was from 8/11/2006 and I used their win XP utility (MagicFlash 2.2), which downloads the latest BIOS and flashes it from windows. I will try to flash the older BIOS back in, problem is I don't have a floppy drive (I know I know I am bad, but I just moved and I thought it was a good idea to thrash "useless" components like the 3.5 FDD). So I'll try and boot with a USB key. On top of everything my other "PC" is a Mac. Wish me luck.

    Cirzino
     
  5. Cirzino

    Cirzino Thread Starter

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    Just a quick update. First I zapped the CMOS (reading some weird forums on the Mup.sys hang up), then I managed to boot from my USB key and flashed the BIOS back to 9npa5c06 (12/06/2005). Windows XP SP2 is back up and running. Kudos to the Epox people posting BIOSes that break otherwise fine windows installations. And kudos to me for updating a BIOS that needed no update. I guess I'll take the saying "if it ain't broke don't try to fix it" more seriously from now on.

    Thanks for the feedback,

    Cirzino
     
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