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Help I erased my bios

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

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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.

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    3. Pull the power plug out of the computer
    you’re going to HotFlash and take out the motherboard battery for at
    least a few minutes. After taking out the battery make sure you clear
    the CMOS. I do this by moving the jumper to the Clear CMOS position and then back to the regular position.



    4. If you already haven’t bought a new one
    get a new BIOS chip out of another working board, making sure the power
    plug is out of that board. Verify that there is an existing BIOS on
    that chip or this will not work. If you need to buy a BIOS chip make
    sure you verify a BIOS exists on it. An empty one is no good.




    5. Take out the BIOS chip in your motherboard and replace it with the new (or working) one. Keep your old one handy. You're going to need it.



    6. Put battery back in (if you already haven't).



    7. Turn on the computer with the boot-up floppy disk that you created in Step #1. (If you cannot get the floppy to boot go into your BIOS and enable floppy as 1st Boot up device).



    8. Once you get into MS-DOS take out the
    new BIOS chip that you had put in (Yes, while the computer is on! That
    is why it's called a "HotFlash”), and put in
    your old BIOS chip. Be careful you put this in the correct way. Match
    the little corner in the correct spot, making sure that the sticker is
    facing up toward you. (There is a corner that doesn't come to a sharp
    point like the other three. Match that dull point with the BIOS
    socket’s dull point). Some people have a tool to remove the BIOS chip
    and some people don’t. If you do not have that tool handy (I didn’t
    have one with my first HotFlash), use a very pointy object, such as a
    pin or needle. You just need to slowly lift on the edges to get it out.
    Two of the four edges should have a very small opening to stick
    something into. BE VERY CAREFUL. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY
    MALFUNCTIONS! THIS IS JUST A TUTORIAL.

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    9. You should still be in MS-DOS and should see A:\. Type in “awdflash” or whatever program you are actually using and hit ENTER. Follow the basic procedure on a normal flash. If you have a go.bat file just type in “go” and it’ll do it for you. (Just make sure that your go.bat file is edited correctly to the name of the BIOS you’re flashing to).



    10. When it says that it is done flashing
    power off your computer. (Make sure the power plug is out, or if you
    have a switch on your PSU that it is turned to the off position). Now
    clear your CMOS and then put it back to the regular position. (I
    explained how to do this before. If you do not know how to just consult
    your manual on the procedure). Turn on your computer and you should be
    set. Go back into BIOS and fix whatever it is you want. Go to Save Changes and Exit which should reset the computer. You’re original BIOS should be back in business with the new BIOS you just flashed it with.



    11. Put the other BIOS chip from the new
    board (or working board that you took it from) back into that board and
    it should be fine. Just make sure the spare board’s power plug was off
    the entire time.



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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.

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