I'm having a hard time trying to get my bios working again. Originally I had flashed the bios with what i think now is the same bios that it had only I had done it from windows, which now I know was a mistake, and 2 that i had selected AMI instead of award which is what my bios is. Which btw is a BIOSTAR NF325A7 V1.1 .. Anyways.. so now I get the Boot Block error, saying BIOS ROM checksum error.
I have been using a DR DOS formatted floppy with AWDFlash 8.82 and the bios which was originally saved when I had done it from windows which is named nf325a826.bs
If I proceed through with AWDFLASH. I can get it to go [still takes a minute or so to start] But, once it starts to write the BIOS it will stop and say FLASH ROM IS WRITE-PROTECTED. <-- Now I've read that this is because of a write protection setting in the BIOS. So I'm really stumped.
I have actually gotten it to flash once. It actually said flash complete. But when I rebooted I got the same bootblock error. So I pulled the battery out and set the jumper to clear the CMOS. I left it there for a couple of hours hoping that it would bring it back. IDK, I read somewhere on some site about having to leave it there for like 24 hours or so for it to be effective. Anyways case in point. I'm still at the same spot and want some help.
Have it done it right just haven't finished it somehow or have I not gotten anywhere?
All I have connected is the PS connected to the MOBO, one RAM module, The CPU and Heatsink seated and working; and a floppy drive.
BTW I'm aware that there is a BIOS upgrade function in the bios.. however I didn't know that prior to flashing and now I can't get there anymore.
This probably isn't what you want to hear but I would recommend just contacting the manufacturer and getting a replacement at this point. You will be spending a lot of time and be very frustrated in the end. Trust me.
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1st-What O\S (win-xp, vista, # 7,etc.) did you "RESTORE" ? 2nd-Why did you mess with the BIOS. ? Did you understand that the BIOS is the INSIDE\PHYSICAL part of the laptop and NOT the Operating System [O\S] Windows_xp, vista, #7 etc.etc. 3rd-That "cannot find operating system" could be something as simple as the BIOS was RESET by something as a 'glinch', electrical short, suddenly turning off ( not that you did it! ) of laptop , lighting while you were working ( ALMOST ALWAYS... when the computer is writing to hard drive [H\D] with laptop The BIOS could not see the H\D because is was changed by sudden electrical surge. That you replaced H\D, you will have to REINSTALL the O\S again.Because I will assume that you brought a DIFFERENT type of H\D [ maybe something with more GB?, different model H\D ]
first to get a properly bios you need to get the whole description and download it to an floppy disk if it does if not try to boot from a cd...theres a hirens boot cd tools to fix since you already flashed wrong i assume you have some experience use the key tag of yor dell to get properly drivers...
99.9% of all computers will never need the bios flashed.
This is printed on the bottom of the gigabyte web site.
Warning: Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems using the current version of BIOS, it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. To flash the BIOS, do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction.
The problem with your computer has nothing to do with the hard drive. You need to repair the bios. There is a way to flash the bios without booting into Windows. I'm pretty sure that a floppy drive is involved. You're going to have to figure out how to flash it back to your original bios that you have saved on your hard drive without booting into windows. There is some info on gigabyte web site about flashing bios. My internet connection is bad today and I can't download very well from that site or I'd give you an address. www.gigabyte.com.tw
Also remember that when you flash the bios all the settings in your bios reset. You should enter setup and click on the "load optimal defaults" Then you need to make sure date and time are right. Need to set boot options. Check that the clock ratio is right for CPU. There are a lot of options in there that can be keeping your system from booting it isn't necessarily a failed bios flash other than not getting the settings right after flashing.
Hi bob_snz: If the bios is corrupted, as it seems to what happened, you may be able to fix it. So, what you can do to restore this board, if the bios is replaceable is to buy a new bios module for this board. Be sure to get the exact model marked on the board with the version #. u The data is still on the hard drive. So, what you can do with the hard drive, if you decide to get a new board instead of trying to fix this one is to put the hard drive in another computer and set the drive as slave. Next is to copy your data to a DVD (s) or another hard drive.
In this case you have a couple possibilities. Try to fix this board with a new bios module (if it is removable). Unplug your hard drive. Use another computer to download the correct bios flash version. Use a floppy if available, to try to flash the bios again. The floppy would be self boot to access the bios without booting the computer. Usually the floppy only boots what is necessary to get to the bios firmware and loads to the bios flashing it to the correct firmware. Since the bios may be corrupted, this operation may not work, but may be worth a try. If you do not have a floppy on the computer find a floppy from a friend or if you have one, install it and proceed. Again, it may not work if the bios is completely out of commission. Hope it works.
1. Chek whether the time and date is correct
2. If No, change BIOS Battery, if Yes, No need to change the Battery
3. Install the latest Version BIOS (if the existing is the L8st, then reinstall)
4. Selct "Load Optimal Default" in BIOS and try to boot
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.
BIOS updated successfully. 2L-1S-1L F1h The BIOS file size is not equal to the BIOS ROM size; wrong BIOS file. 1L-1S F1h The BIOS file can't be read; it is defective. 1L-2S F2h The model ID is mismatched; wrong BIOS file. 3S F3h The BIOS ROM has failed to be erased. Try to flash again. 2L-1S E1h The BIOS ROM has failed to be programmed. Try to flash again. 2L-2S E2h No diskette, or cannot locate the BIOS file. Try to use a new formatted diskette and copy the BIOS file again. 2S D1h
OK lets see here!
Make sure your CMOS jumper is set properly on the board(Set to Normal)
Did you configure your bios after flashing the bios(going into bios and Load Optimized Defaults!)?
I don't think it would be another device in the system, but you can try troubleshooting by starting up with only what you need to run the machine (Mobo, memory harddrive, keyboard and mouse) then one by one adding devices back!
Did you have problems like this b4 you flashed the bios!
Try flashing the bios back to an older version!
post back if anything new or if i'm way off!