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Screwed up bios update

I reinstalled Windows XP. I do not have the original disks for the motherboard. Windows would not accept the fact that there is a ethernet port nor would it allow me to use the USB 2.0 to set up a network. So, I had no way of updating the computer. Using another computer, I downloaded some update BIOS from somewhere. Yeah, probably screwed that up. After running the update program, it won't register my harddrive. So, I have nothing but BIOS and a CD Drive. No harddrive No accessible OS. How can I fix the bios? Where can I get the most recent BIOS? I couldn't find anything that worked from Gigabyte's website. Please Help

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Re: Screwed up bios update

Download the bios file only here and not other sites Gigabyte = then DOWNLOAD HIREN BOOT CD, WRITE IT TO CD THEN BOOT FROM IT and use the bios programming tools

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Have you flashed the BIOS with either the original factory settings or a recent update? Take careful note of exactly where the computer restarts, either upon Windows start-up or from a cold restart. If the former, then there is no substitute for a reinstall, which is also a good time to make all the settings in Windows just the way you like them. I have reinstalled Windows at least 20 times and always have had changes that I learned from the previous installation. If the computer is restarting before Windows boot, then it is in the BIOS. Reflash from the original or update based upon your needs which can be found in the revision notes for each update. There is only one other suggestion. If per-chance, you have an AMD based machine and have recently tried to install Windows XP SP3, you have been caught in a freakish occurrence. Allegedly, Microsoft has been working, endlessly it now appears, a fix but I would not wait for them. f you can, back up your data and attempt to remove the Service Pack (3). If you cannot remove it, go ahead and reinstall. Pray for a working backup or successful backup attempt. I would suggest both knees.

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For now i will suggest you to change the CD ROM disk maybe this can cause failure installation.


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