Question about Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H Motherboard
I went to update my award bios and my power went out in my house while i was doing it now i get nothing i have a foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H
motherboard and i cant find anything to save my life
1. You first need to make sure you have a boot-up floppy disk. Since most have WinXP I will explain how to do it in that O/S (if you have a different O/S I’m sure you already know how to do it). To make the boot disk you put in a 3½” floppy disk into your floppy drive. You then go to the A: drive, which you can access from My Computer and right click on the A: drive. Go to Format…, and when the format window pops up you'll see a few checkboxes that you can check. The one you want to check reads Create MS-Dos startup disk. Make sure you check that and nothing else, and click on Start. Once it is done formatting continue onto the next step.
2. Download the flash utility you will need to use (I use Awdflash.exe for my Abit board), and also download the bios you want to flash to (it should be a *.bin file). (You can check BIOS utilities and recommendations at your motherboard's official website). Put these two files also onto the MS-DOS startup disk that you had just created. The easiest way to flash is to get one of those go.bat files (For more information about go.bat files check the bottom of this post --Note B.). If you really don’t know how to flash then just do a Google search on Flashing BIOS or just search for it on your Motherboard Manufacturer’s website as I stated earlier. Once you have put the necessary files onto the MS-DOS startup disk you can take out the disk and put it into the computer you are going to HotFlash. **Note: There are also modded BIOSes that you may want instead of the Official ones offered by the Motherboard Manufacturer.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
There is one solution you can try, and if it doesn't work I'm afraid your BIOS is toast.
Your motherboard will have a pair of pins on the board that if shorted out will reset the BIOS to factory default. This is usually to reset the settings, not restore a corrupted BIOS, but it's worth a try given your situation. You should be able to locate the pins with the motherboard documentation or from the manufacturer's website. Different motherboards locate these pins in different locations. You could check the board to see if there is any text printed by a pair of jumper pins that would indicate that they are the BIOS reset pins. Be sure that you have located the correct pins before you start shorting things out.
If this doesn't restore your BIOS then it is corrupted and unlikely to be repairable. At that point I would contact the motherboard/computer manufacturer directly in case they have a solution, but its a longshot. There's a reason why there are so many warnings not to interrupt a firmware update until it has completed, on most all electronic devices and computers with firmware/BIOS. If it doesn't complete the update then the program is destroyed/broken, and you've lost the programming needed to do the updating necessary to restore the BIOS. Catch-22 I'm afraid.
Given the above, your next solution is to buy a motherboard that uses the same CPU, RAM and peripherals as you now have and swap it out. At least your other components should be still good and useable/rescuable in a new motherboard. A search on eBay/Craigslist/Google might get you one that someone is selling off cheap because he/she is upgrading.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
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