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Solved: BIOS chip fried, NEED HELP!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by XPUser1991, Jan 17, 2011.

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  1. XPUser1991

    XPUser1991 Thread Starter

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    my bios chip went bad yesterday, i had a few old bios chips laying around but none of them boots my computer:mad: i thought they would work why not? i need a solution as fast as possible because this is my everyday pc, i don't know what to do.




    SPECS: Packard-Bell NEC Ready 9945, 2 HDDs an 8GB split in half win windows 98SE and windows 2000, and an 80GB with windows XP Professional, ATI radeon 7500 agp, 256 ddr ram pc-133, 500MHz PIII
     
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    That's a ridiculously old computer. Whatever spare parts you manage to find are going to be just as old and unreliable. I've never seen a BIOS "chip", but I'm not at all surprised they're not interchangeable especially on an OEM system. I doubt the chip was "fried" unless you shorted it out in some way. It's more likely either the power supply or board has simply failed from age and use. Computers don't last forever.

    As long as the system hasn't suffered some type of physical trauma, your files should be fine.
     
  3. inuyasha320

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    with a system that old, using a bios chip from another computer will not work.

    with many newer computers, you can swap the bios chip and the motherboard will just report a bad flash and offer the recovery options

    on some older systems you need to start a bios update on the old motherboard then pull the power after the erasing part finishes and then pop it in and that will allow the computer to get to a recovery stage.

    your computer most likely lacks any of these features and your only option is to buy a replacement chip from ebay or anywhere else you can find a chip for your exact motherboard.

    If you know any businesses that go through a lot of computer hardware, you can probably talk to them to see if you can salvage bios chips or dumpster dive for motherboards :)
     
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    will be using one of those sites, thanks.:) also, i'm getting a used computer from my aunt, so if i still don't get my computer working, i'll have a backup.
     
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    FWIW I have used badflash in the past and I have been very pleased with their service.
     
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    Why do you think the Bios chip is to blame ?

    What are the symptoms of your problem ?
     
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