Help, my stupidiy has crippled my gaming computer

By Canadian ยท 10 replies
Mar 6, 2007
  1. Please, someone help. This started because today, I finally decided to stop delaying and upgrade my bios. I initially tried to install the use asus update, but it would not install in Vista. I gave up, and decided to try the asus EZ-Flash from the bios.

    I read the instructions to make sure I didn't screw it up, I did everything it said, but when I hit the key to open the flash program in the bios, the screen went black, and the computer beeped a few times. There was a pause, then the computer beeped some more. It then restarted, and did nothing. It just sat there, there was no beep from post, the screen didn't turn on, nothing. After about 5 mins, I hit the reset button, and same thing, no post, no nothing.

    Please, help me fix this fast, there is a Supreme Commander lan coming up!
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Try removing the CMOS battery for a minute or two and then trying.
  3. Canadian

    Canadian TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 77

    Tried that already. I have also tried to remove hardware and swap it out. Its defiantly the mobo
  4. _FAKE_

    _FAKE_ TS Rookie Posts: 116

    so buy a new mobo, it'll only cost you around <$300, surely you can afford that, i only get paid $192 a fortnight, and i can afford it. Or maybe you can try taking it a specialist to have a look at it, but don't believe everything they say. My last mobo i stuffed up, took it to a specialist and they said it was the USB-2 port had blown a chip, they told me it should work if you just don't connect anything the the USB-2 port. Tried still didn't work, said f**k it, ripped the computer apart, 3 months later put it together again, and it mysteriously worked USB and all. but i suppose your in a little more of a hurry. so my best opinion is to buy a new one. And if your more than certain that its your mobo, than play around with it, screw it up, just be careful not to damage other opponents.

    Offtopic. CPU's are far more stable than i predicted, once i got so pissed of with my computer not working that i ripped it apart, took out the cpu and threw it at the wall. 2 weeks later i bought a new mobo and installed the same cpu and it worked fine, even overclocked the same too.
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I`m really sorry to hear of your troubles.

    Unfortunately, there`s no easy way to fix it. Obviously something`s gone wrong during the bios flash and screwed up the bios chip.

    The chances are, you`re going to need either a new bios chip(if Asus will supply you with one), or a new mobo. :(

    Regards Howard :(
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    Replace the MOBO with combo CPU and Mobo will be cheaper and you can get the CPU that you want that's goes with the MOBO. You can get something better than you had before. Flashing the BIOS has to right on target one slight mistake and well you now know. Today the best way to do it is from Windows XP to Flash instead of using FDD, CDD or USB in dos mode. I just updated mine though Windows XP using the MOBO animate installer. Doesn't take that long and it reboots the PC.

    MOBO to consider are: MSI
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I agree MSI make some really good mobo`s.

    However, if Canadian does as you suggested, he`ll need to be aware, that his current Windows installation, won`t work with the new hardware. If he`s real lucky, a Windows repair might work. On the other hand, he could be(probably would be) looking at a complete format and reinstall, in order to get his hard drive to work with the new mobo. He would then need to get his important data off of the drive, hooked up as a slave in another system.

    If he could get exactly the same mobo he has now, then there shouldn`t be a problem in just swapping mobo`s and booting up as normal.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    Good point...
  9. Canadian

    Canadian TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 77

    Also the fact that, as it is right now, I think I have a really good CPU (C2D 6600) and a very good mobo.
  10. Exonimus

    Exonimus TS Rookie Posts: 77

    hmm yes, you might indeed want to consider buying the same mobo again if you don't have much time to re-install windows and do all that stuff
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Ask ASUS if they can supply you with a new BIOS chip first though. Most likely they wont, but no harm in trying. You most likely screwed up the boot sector of ur BIOS. If it was able to POST at least, you could've saved it. Try this link for help on how to change out the BIOS chip. If you think it's too technical, have a technician at a nearby computer store do it for you.
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