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Via epia-5000 motherboard with Award BIOS

Question: I have a file server that originally ran Linux Lilo and I'd like to reuse the hardware in a Windows application. Windows seems to run on it OK but the BIOS is password protected by the manufacturer and Mirra says they don't know the password. I tried all the backdoor passwords listed for AWARD and Phoenix and also tried pulling the battery overnight and flashing the Clear-CMOS by shifting the jumper. No luck. Any ideas?

At this point I'm thinking about pulling the BIOS chip off some other motherboard and trying it in there and then flashing it.

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Couple of things you have to do...first, flash the bios with EPIA0207.BIN (using awdflash.exe). Likely you're going to have to pull that drive and reformat it, there's a great in-depth tutorial here (includes where to get the files): http://eurowonka.blogspot.com/2009/03/reclaiming-my-mirra.html

I noticed that after flashing the BIOS I had to pull the CMOS battery, move the jumper on J10 to 2-3(check the corresponding manual for your board), let that sit for about 5-10 seconds, move the jumper back to 1-2 on J10, and replace the CMOS battery. As soon as all of that was done...I was in, no password required.

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Last resort
Download "Hirens Boot CD" it has program on it to cancel BIOS passwords etc. one of them may do the job

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Jumper mapping for via5000 epia rev.E


BIOS jumper (1x1:3) is next to the CMOS battery east and slightly south of center, Freq MHz jumpers (4 x1:2) are on the north side just west of the DIMM banks, front panel etc. jumpers (multiblock + 2x1:2) are in the South-West corner.

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Reflash Via EPIA-M 1000g BIOS when board is dead


I'm writing this in the hope that others like me can resolv their problem with the dead EPIA-M mainboard.The symptoms where.. on power-up .. it would make 2 high pich beeps followed by 2 low pich beeps..turned out that is the error code for dead BIOS.
OK so u have a dead bios and a mobo that won't boot for various reasons.. from flashing a wrong or corrupted bios or else.
Apart from the other ways to go around the problem like buying a new chip already flashed or flash the chip with a dedicated flasher u can follow on this simple guide.
You should at least have some experience in DIY in computers .
1. Find a mobo of an old  pc that uses the same socket for the bios chip.if it uses award bios even better.I used a biostar p4m800-m7a mobo to do this.
No need for it to have a hdd or something special attached to it.. power source and cd or dvd/rom will do.
2. Try to see if it boots, if all ok..
3. Get you hands on the Hiren's boot cd..burn it and boot from cd..it has in the Dos program list... in the next page BIOS/CMOS UTILITIES. Select uniflash 1.4.. i did it with the 1.4 on the hiren's boot cd 10.1 maybe if they update it it will work also.It will tell you the name of the bios chip and some details..make a backup of original chip just in case.
4.On other pc download the 109.BIN file .. the bios file known to be stable for the EPIA-M board. You can find it on some forum.. i can't remember now..I thank them by the way.Same the file on a fat32 usb key.
5.On the surogate board with uniflash started.. comes the tricky part: u have to get hold of some good tools and pull the bios chip out while it's running... don't worry, nothing will happen.
6. Pull out the dead bios chip of EPIA-M and put it in the surogate board.These steps must be done with absolute care.If you think you can't do it, wait or call a friend with more experience or get hold of the right tools
7. Now with the dead bios chip in place.. select in uniflash, rediscover bios chip.. or something like that,..can't remember well.. but you get it when you see the screen... the sst bios of the EPIA-M NOW SHOWS UP...
8. select flash bios and select the file on the root of the usb key by typing C:\109.bin.. if no hdd attached.. the key is seen as C, otherwise use letter accordingly.It flashes the bios in less that 10 seconds.. and says ok.. power off surogate mobo.. replace bios chip with original.. and enjoy now your EPIA-M mainboard again.
If you'd like to thank me or ask details..mail me at www_offspring@yahoo.com

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Hello, the beeping is actually a fault code, ie short beep, long beep etc, a bit like morse code. You can get a list of what these codes mean if you google 'bios beep codes' . It means your bios has detected a basic error with the hardware and is trying to tell you what's wrong! It could be anything from memory gone bad to faulty graphics card or keyboad error, you'll have to look at the list and try to equate the codes to what you're hearing from your system. Regards, nicam49

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I purchased a ProBook 4415s at an FDIC Auction froma failed bank. I got it home, they come with no hard drive, slipped in a new drive and BANG - BIOS Password, I have not found a method to remove it yet. ...


The process of removing a BIOS password is long but not impossible. I've tailor made a solution fit exactly for your predicament.

Important (Please read befor you proceed)
Whichever method you choose when flashing, the BIOS not only the password, but also all the other configuration data will be reset to the factory defaults. So when you are booting for the first time after you have flashed the BIOS, you should enter the CMOS configuration menu and fix up some things. When you boot Windows, it may happen that it finds some new device, because of the new configuration of the BIOS, in this case you'll probably need the Windows installation CD because Windows may ask you for some external files.

WARNING!!! Make sure your laptop is unplugged before opening it up. Ground yourself before handling any components inside a PC to reduce the risk of electrostatic discharge.
If you don't know how to configure your BIOS, don't mess with it. You can damage your PC!! Rather get a qualified technition to hep you.

There are a few ways to reset the BIOS password as listed below.

•Using a manufacturers backdoor password to access the BIOS.
•Reset the CMOS using the jumpers or solder beads.
•Removing the CMOS battery for at least 10 minutes.
•Using a professional service.

Standard BIOS backdoor passwords
The first and easiest way to bypass a BIOS password is to try one of these standard manufacturer's backdoor passwords:

AWARD BIOS
AWARD SW, AWARD_SW, Award SW, AWARD PW, _award, awkward, J64, j256, j262, j332, j322, 01322222, 589589, 589721, 595595, 598598, HLT, SER, SKY_FOX, aLLy, aLLY, Condo, CONCAT, TTPTHA, aPAf, KDD, ZBAAACA, ZAAADA, ZJAAADC, (eight blank spaces), ALFAROME, ALLY, ALLy, aLLY, aLLy, aPAf, award, AWARD?SW, AWKWARD, IOSTAR, CONDO, condo, d8on, djonet, J256, J262, j262, j322, j332, J64, LKWPETER, Lkwpeter, PINT, pint, SER, SKY_FOXSYXZ, SKY_FOX, syxz, SYXZ, TTPTHA, ZAAAADA, djonet, %øåñòü ïpîáåëîâ%, %äåâÿòü ïpîáåëîâ%

AMI BIOS
AMI, A.M.I., AMI SW, AMI_SW, BIOS, PASSWORD, HEWITT RAND, Oder, AAAMMMII, AMI?SW, CONDO, LKWPETER, MI, PASSWORD.

Other passwords you may try (for AMI/AWARD or other BIOSes)
LKWPETER, lkwpeter, BIOSTAR, biostar, BIOSSTAR, biosstar, ALFAROME, Syxz, Wodj

Note: Remember that passwords are Case Sensitive. The last two passwords in the AWARD BIOS list are in Russian.

Phoenix Backdoor BIOS Passwords
BIOS, CMOS, phoenix, PHOENIX

Other Manufcaturers Backdoor Passwords: (manufacturer name - password)
VOBIS and IBM - merlin
Dell - Dell
Biostar - Biostar
Compaq - Compaq
Enox - xo11nE
Epox - central
Freetech - Posterie
IWill - iwill
Jetway - spooml
Packard Bell - bell9
QDI - QDI
Siemens - SKY_FOX
SOYO - SY_MB
TMC - BIGO
Toshiba - Toshiba

If you have access to MS-DOS
You can reset the BIOS to its default values using the MS-DOS tool DEBUG (type DEBUG at the command prompt. Do it in pure MS-DOS mode, not from a MS-DOS shell window in Windows). Once you are in the debug environment enter the following commands:

AMI/AWARD BIOS
O 70 17
O 71 17
Q

PHOENIX BIOS
O 70 FF
O 71 17
Q

GENERIC
Invalidates CMOS RAM.
Should work on all AT motherboards
(XT motherboards don't have CMOS)
O 70 2E
O 71 FF
Q

Note: The first letter is a "O" not the number "0". The numbers which follow are two bytes in hex format.

Resetting BIOS via hardware (CMOS jumpers and CMOS battery)
If you can't get into Windows and the standard backdoor passwords didn't work then you will need to flash the BIOS via the motherboard's hardware.

NOTE: Please read the important note at the begining of this section before to try any of these methods.

Using the jumpers to reset the BIOS password and settings
The best way to flash the BIOS via hardware is to plug, unplug, or switch a jumper on the motherboard, (if the jumper is normally on position 1-2, you have to put it on position 2-3, or viceversa). The 3-pin jumper should near the power supply on the motherboard, typically labeled "clear cmos" or "reset bios". To find the correct jumper you should read the motherboard's manual.
slasher_x_45.jpg
Once you've located the correct jumper, switch it (or plug or unplug it, depending from what the manual says) while the computer is turned OFF. Wait a couple of seconds then put the jumper back to its original position.
If after flashing the BIOS, the computer won't boot when you turn it on, turn it off, and wait some seconds before to retry.

Removing the CMOS battery
If you can't find the jumper or if it doesn't exist, you can remove the battery that keeps the BIOS memory powered. It's a button-size battery somewhere on the motherboard.

The laptop CMOS battery is shown below.
slasher_x_47.jpg
Disconnect it for 15-30 minutes or more, then reinsert it and the data in the BIOS memory should be reset. If at first it doesn't work, try to remove the battery overnight. Once the battery has been reinserted power up the PC and see if the reset was successful.

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