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Wrong BIOS Id

Hi,
I made the mistake of updating the BIOS on an eMachine computer with a Compaq BIOS. Both computers use the FIC AM37 mother board, so the computer works. I updated the processor to a AMD Athlon XP 2400+, but this BIOS only allows it to run as as an 1800+. I have an updated BIOS from FIC, but the flashing program will not burn it to the chip: wrong chip ID. Looking at the CMOS, I see that the Compaq BIOS has overwritten the BIOS ID to read Compaq Presario. Is there a way to restore the ID and what should it be restored to?
Thanks for any help,
Tony

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Go to Compaq and download the original bios from them. If that takes then you should be able to change it to what ever you like.

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Start button would not respond plug disconected unsure were it goes e machine c 1940


The front of your computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the main wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.

You want a Front Panel header pinout.

(See? Know you can go around, and brag to your friends!
"So,......mrcat_grave,.........do you know what a Front panel header is? What about a Front Panel header pinout? How about you Sally?"
Lol! )

Hmmm, I do not find an eMachines C1940 desktop computer.
Could this be an eMachines C1904, or S1940 desktop computer?

If so they both use an FIC AM37 motherboard,

(First International Computer, { Inc } AM37 is the model number of the motherboard)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&dlc=en&docname=bph07941&lc=en

(Scroll down for Motherboard Layout illustration, and Motherboard Photo )

Provided I am on the right track;

Motherboard installed in computer case:
Processor to the Top, Ram Memory slots to the Right, white long PCI slots to the Bottom;

The Front Panel header is at the Bottom/Right corner.
It is rectangular in shape, and situated Vertically.

Two columns of contact pins.
There are 4 pins on the Left side, 5 pins on the Right side.
(Do NOT get it mixed up with the IR header above it. 6 pins)

The pins are numbered EVEN on the Left side.
The pins are numbered ODD on the Right side.

Starting on the BOTTOM of the Left side, going towards the Top;
Pins 2, 4, 6, and 8. There is NO pin 10.

Starting on the Bottom of the Right side, going towards the Top;
Pins 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9.

A) Pins 1 and 3 are for the HarDDrive activity LED. (Light)
[LED = Light Emitting Diode ]

Pin 1 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the HDD LED is dim when the harddrive is active, switch the wires around.

B) Pins 5 and 7 are for a Reset switch, IF a Reset switch is used.

C) Pin 9 is N/C.
Not Connected. Probably a 5 Volt power source, used by the factory to test with.

D) Pins 2 and 4 are for the Power On LED. (Light)
Pin 2 is for the Positive ( + ) wire.
If the PWR LED is dim when the computer is on, switch the wires around.

E) Pins 6 and 8 are for the Power On switch.

Zip file PDF motherboard manual, for the FIC AM37 motherboard.
There is a version 1, and a version 2.
FIC AM37 v1, and FIC AM37 v2.

Doesn't matter which one you choose, as far as the Front Panel header pinout info is concerned.
You may however need info that is in the version 1, or is in the version 2.
You can download both.

Zip file. A compressed file used to send large amounts of information, more easily.
It needs to be decompressed, or 'unzipped'.

You have Winzip on your computer. It is an 'unzip' program.
If it is out of trial time, or not usable, suggest you download, and install the free 7-Zip.

Let's use the AM37 v1 manual as an example;

After you click on AM37 v1, a small window will come up on the right-
Opening am37_v1_manual.zip

Make SURE there is a Green dot, in the small circle to the left of Save File.
If not; click in the empty circle to the left of Save File.
Now go below in the small window, and click on OK.

A small window will come up on the left.
Allow the file to fully download in this small Download Window.
Then DOUBLE-click right on the file name.

In the next window go to the far left, and click on - Extract all files
At the bottom of the next 3 small windows, click on -
Next, Next, and Finish.

In the last window DOUBLE-click right on the file name.
(It is next to the red Adobe PDF icon)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 17, 2012 | E-Machines Computers & Internet

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How to upgrade bios


If you're talking about flashing the BIOS on the mother board, you must go to the website for your specific mother board or brand of computer. Go to the Dell site for a Dell, HP site for an HP computer and so on. The site will ask you to identify your specific computer. Then you'll be able to get a list of drivers, upgrades and BIOS updates that may be available for your computer. Note: Flashing the BIOS is not to be undertaken lightly as this can kill a mother board if something goes wrong.

Feb 16, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Wiring diagram emachine w2047 motherboard


The eMachines W2047 desktop computer uses an FIC AM37 mobo.
(MOtherBOard)

FIC is First International Computer, Inc.

This link takes you to a page to download the Motherboard Manual, for the FIC AM37 mobo,

http://www.elhvb.com/mboards/OEM/eMachines/manuals/index.html

There is a version 1, and version 2 of the AM37 motherboards.
[ FIC AM37v1, and FIC AM37v2 ]

Click on the appropriate file name, or click, and download both of them. (One at a time)

These are PDF files.
The computer you are on now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
(All you have to do is left-click on the file name)

I would also suggest upgrading to Adobe Reader 9.3.4. ,if you don't have it already.

Give the file time to download. It may take up to 30 seconds before you see the first page.
It may also take additional time for the file to fully download.

Would appreciate it if you would rate my solution if it has helped you.
Post additional questions in a Comment.

Oct 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Jumper settings


Thanks for the link you posted, helped me a lot. I had to exclude am37_a0_eng.zip from the link to make it work.ftp://ftp.fic.com.tw/motherboard/manual/socketa/am37

Mar 07, 2010 | Cornerstone FIC AM37-L Socket A XP...

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Xp pro sound card driver


Your Motherboard should have come with a disc which has all the necessary drivers. You can go to Microsoft Updates, they may detect your on board driver need. Or, when all else fails, purchase a PCI Sound Card which will have a driver included. You will need to disable the onboard soundcard in your BIOS if you go this route.

Oct 11, 2009 | Cornerstone FIC AM37-L Socket A XP...

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I have the same problem with my T3120 emachine.


could be a 'gray market' machine! i've run into this before- basically 'your motherboard/bios' doesn't exist- good luck! boot up should show what your bios version is, look for that, rather than your motherboard version!
'my computer'- 'properties'- should have your bios info on it. use that info to find updated 'flash', if it's available.
good luck!

Oct 08, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Usbs not working. am37 motherboard. Updated to the newest bios that I could find (Bios 3.20). Compaq Presario 6400NX. Im running 1gb of ram.


Remove bios battery and erase new bios (usually a pair of pins to short). If USBs now work - don't upgrade bios! If bios settings have no setting for diabling USB, motherboard failrure seems likely. Try a PCI USB card to provide sockets.

Sep 07, 2009 | FIC AM 37 Motherboard

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Power button wiring


A quick google determined your emachines model w2040 is equipped with FIC motherboard AM37. Download the manual from
http://www.fic.com.tw/support/motherboard/motherboard.aspx?model_id=107
You'll find the pinout info for your wiring on page 13.
Most motherboards also have the pinouts silkscreened onto the board itself.

May 10, 2008 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Fic am37 manual


I found exactly what I was looking for at this link, ftp://ftp.fic.com.tw/motherboard/manual/socketa/am37

Sep 03, 2007 | FIC AM 37 Motherboard

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