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Can't flash BIOS Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe

By Row1 ยท 5 replies
Aug 29, 2008
  1. Hey, I hope someone can help me with this problem. I got new RAM in my computer no problems. Then, I got inspired to run Nvidia NTune to optimize my system. It started running, then the system hung up. No way to unhang.

    So, I read more about NTune - I discover it says you should have fairly recent BIOS. I don't - my current BIOS is probably almost 3 yrs old.

    So, I plan to flash my BIOS: in DOS (from startup boot disk), with AWDFLASH.exe, and what I believe is a recent A8N-SLI BIOS, 1805.BIN, and I rename it like the instructions say, to what I believe should be the correct name: "A8NSLI-B.BIN."

    AWDFLASH.exe proceeds to back up old BIOS, and then goes to look for the BIOS, as named: I get some message about the BIOS being wrong.

    What am I doing wrong? Is the name of the BIOS file not supposed to be in CAPS? Is ".BIN" not supposed to be in caps?

    I have searched around on the interwebs for some ideas (Techspot, Anandtech, Tomshardware, etc.) , and basically find: 1. BIOS flash for A8N-SLI Deluxe either goes smoothly, or people have lots of problems; 2. various conflicting instructions; 3. Asus does not seem to be supporting this decent MB anymore.

    Help - any ideas? My comp is in the profile, AMD 3800 x2, Win XP, except that I have gone to 2GB (1 gb x 2 pc3200 OCZ ram (install was perfect), up from 512 x 2 of Kingston ValueRAM. THX!!
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 13,810

    A8N-SLI Deluxe BIOS 1805
    http://dlsvr.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket939/A8N-SLI Deluxe/A8ND1805.zip


    (Note substitute your bios filename 1805.bin)

  3. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 325   +13

    the same instructions i have been following.

    thanks. these are the instructions i have been looking at.

    i believe in one of my attempts, i think at first, i did have the .bin file named "1805.bin" -i will try this again.

    i have been renaming the old bios oldbios.old, not oldbios.bin: from what i remember from the DOS days, this should not be the problem - should it?

    i will try with bios renamed 1805.bin although i believe i gave this permutation a try.

    if anyone else has any other suggestions, please post!
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 13,810

    Sometimes renaming it (over and over) can cause the file checksums to change
    I'd suggest downloading it again (link provided in my post)

    The oldbios, can be anyname.bin
  5. Row1

    Row1 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 325   +13

    tonite or tomorrow-

    i am gonna retry tonite or tomorrow- tomorrow, i can bring my home computer into work, so i can look around on the net for different ideas. right now at home i don't have internet, so i can only try so many ideas.

    i think i am just gonna start building a new comp every 3 years, and avoid the upgrade hassles altogether. just sell or give away the old comp. i learn a lot when i monkey around with these boxes, but sometimes i don't have the time it takes to learn thru this trial-and-error stuff.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 13,810

    Hey make sure you get a really good PCI-Express Graphics card too
    Or at least make sure a PCI-Express slot is on any new system (usually always now)
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