In article , Xignals wrote:
> I tried to flash my new P4PE-X board and now when I power on I get
> nothing but a black screen. Have a call in to tech support but while
> I was waiting thought I would ask a question here.
> I have a P4PE board at work. Could I take the BIOS chip out of that
> board and put it in the dead board? If it didn't work would I hurt
> the good chip by putting it into another model board?
The P4PE-X has "Crashfree" and if you have a DOS bootable floppy
plus aflash.exe plus a replacement ROM file, you can try programming
it again. (Some other Asus boards have "Crashfree 2", and for those
the only file needed on the floppy, is the ROM file.) According to
the BIOS release notes, it doesn't look like the boot block has ever
been upgraded, so chances are better that your boot block is still
intact and you will be able to recover. (YMMV - no guarantees).
As far as doing a "brain transplant", by swapping BIOS chips, moving
the P4PE ROM to the P4PE-X and expecting it to boot is pretty risky.
All it takes is some small difference in the board memory map or
chip types, to mess up the BIOS.
Another option is called "hot flashing", and that involves taking
the ROM from the defective board, booting the good machine, then
pulling out the good ROM while the power is still on, then
plugging in the bad ROM and using aflash to reprogram it. This
is risky, even when it is done with dual in line (DIP) ROMs.
The picture in the P4PE-X manual shows a PLCC socket, and it
is way too hard to extract and insert chips with the power on,
to even think about doing it. (I have plenty of experience with
those sockets and they are a b****). If you had a BIOS Savior,
then recovering the BIOS could be done safely with two similar
motherboards, as the BIOS Savior can be installed with the power
turned off, and there is no risk to the chips.
So, right now, the "Crashfree" option is your best hope.
Paul >> Stay informed about: P4PE-X flash failure