23 Feb 2001 jmg   » (Master)

Boy, that was an entertaining procedure. I recently upgraded my BIOS on an old K6/225 (FIC PA-2007), but after the upgrade, the machine would just sit there and beep at me. So I did some research trying to find free flash EEPROM burners or something else that I could use to flash a new bios. Then it dawned on me. I have other FICA motherboards, so why don't I boot up another machine, pull that BIOS chip, put in the broken one and flash that one. Yeh, it was a crazy idea, esspecially considering that I don't have another PA-2007 motherboard. So I booted up my PA-2005, pulled the old bios, and put in the broken bios for the PA-2007. Now the flash program was complaining that I'm flashing it with an old bios. So, I decided to upgrade to the latest release code for the BIOS (1.13CD13 instead of 1.09CD12) and then the flash program took that, and flashed the bios. Put the new bios in the other motherboard, and walla! The machine boots now!

I'm glad that's over now. So, if you need to flash a new bios, just use another machihne if you have too. Though who knows what could of happened to the machine.

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