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.
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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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
boot the pc from cold, note the long identifier number - it contains a 2 character identifier for the board manufacturer. For more info go to the Award bios website, it has a better explanation of this. From there you will be able to either download new BIOS from there, or the website of the vendor/manufacturer.