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  1. dickster

    dickster Thread Starter

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    Tried to flash my bios on my ECS K7S5A with an overclockable bios. Something went wrong. Now my pc will not boot. Just shows flashing cd and cd-rw lights. Monitor doesn't come out of standby (amber led) mode.

    Am I screwed or is there a way out of this self created mess. BTW.. can't seem to get the bios from ECS to write to floppy on my Win98 machine to try a recovery that way. Problems, problems!! :(

    Thanks for any help!!
     
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  3. dickster

    dickster Thread Starter

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    Thanks, darkdelta. Have been there. Looked at a new bios chip, but after shipping and all, it's close to the price of a new board. Not really worth it. But appreciate the link!! :)
     
  4. rmay635703

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    What I do when that happens is I pull the bios chip out of the board, pull the bios chip out of one of my "working" boards fold some duck tape together to make a strap put it under the bios chip and insert it back in loosely. Then I fire up the good system with the duck tape under the good bios and boot to dos. Then I pull the bios chip out and carefully put in the bad bios and flash the bios in the working board. (making sure it isn't backwords or shorting, etc,etc)

    A good site that goes into this stuff in depth is

    http://www.wimsbios.com

    Rainbow is a good person to ask for.

    Note if your a novice DON'T bother as you can kill both of your motherboards by doing this. I've done it 10 times and have gotten quite good at it but I've had a few scares.

    Good Luck
     
  5. gotrootdude

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    Thanks for the last reply, I've hot flashed before, but the duck tape trick is new to me. Should be a real help..
     
  6. dickster

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    Thanks for the reply, rmay635703

    I'm not sure if I can hotflash the chip (and yes I'm a novice at that) with my other board chip. The good one is a K7S5A v.1 and the bad one is a Pro board. Not sure if that chip would work.

    Will be checking out that site.
     
  7. Triple6

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    I'm assuming you've already pulled the CMOS battery out for several minutes and/or tried the CLEAR CMOS jumper on the motherboard?

    Out of curiosity, what site did you download the new BIOS you tried to load?
     
  8. dickster

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    Thanks for the reply Triple6.

    Yep. Used jumper to clear the cmos. Also pulled battery for about 6 hours. But no luck so far.

    Got the bios from here.

    http://pub140.ezboard.com/bk7s5amotherboardforum

    It's listed at the top. The honeyX bios for the pro board. While I was flashing, had a power glitch, and that interupted the flash, and left me at this point.
     
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    I might suggest the best BIOS would be from ECS - tried and tested vs. ?

    Considering costs and all, it might be best to replace the entire mobo, if you go for a ASUS board it will improve the system's performance, and they're more reliable and easy to overclock.
     
  10. dickster

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    I agree with Asus board, but $$ is a major problem right now. And I'm trying to use ECS bios to get back up, but looks like I killed the chip. Seems my only hope is to hotflash it, but I don't have access to another board with that chip.

    Again, thanks!!
     
  11. rmay635703

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    Hmm, honeyx.

    I know that guy he's commonly on the pcchips lottery and on wimsbios. Remember the warning they gave when you used the bios? I believe though if you ask the folks at wims or even the lottery they will give you brand specific help, those ecs/pcchips (same place different countries) are tough little tugs.

    Cheers
     
  12. dickster

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    Down to finding someone with same chip that will hotflash it or new mobo. Hope for the first!!
     
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    When your computer starts, does it access the floppy? If so, it is possible to do a flash without anything on the screen. Post back with the answer; I have instructions for flashing a bios without any video on screen. It must however access the floppy drive during startup. See if your floppy light goes on then off.
     
  14. dickster

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    Thanks for the reply. Have been trying to reflash, but no floppy LED activity. Don't think it's going to work.
     
  15. crjdriver

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    One last thing to try; unplug the power cord, press power switch once or twice [to remove all power from caps] use jumper to clear cmos. If it still does not boot, then try the hot swap or a new board.

    Good luck
     
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