Re: What did BIOS 2205 do to my motherboard?
- From: "Ron Krebs" <rkrebs11@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 14:17:29 GMT
"Paul" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:f8ctjv$pfq$1@xxxxxxxxxxx
Ed Medlin wrote:
"Ron Krebs" <rkrebs11@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Paul" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in messageIf you try Asus Update through Windows and go to the settings section
Ron Krebs wrote:Thanks Paul. Yeah, I used to have (still do) the ASUS P2B and used BIOS
I have a P5WDH Deluxe and recently flashed to the 2205 BIOS. AfterFor what it is worth, the 2004 BIOS loads without a problem, into the
experiencing a good amount of crashes I found a website that lists all
the current and previous versions of ASUS mobo BIOS'. However, they
removed the 2205 "due to instability". I wish I would have seen this
before I flashed. So now I want to downgrade back to 2004 but no
method of flashing will allow this. I tried EZ Flash through the
BIOS, but after it reads the BIOS, it reports that it is older than
current and will not allow the flash. I tried Alt-F2, but after it
found the BIOS on the floppy and read it (said "Completed"), it just
hanged. I tried ASUS update (the latest), but it gave me a message
that the eeprom was somehow incompatible with ANY of the prior BIOS I
tried. Then I tried an older version of Update but after removing the
current Update app, I couldn't even install an older version. I got
some sort of BIOSINFO error message. So after doing some research, I
found that some recommend clearing the CMOS, which I did, but again
same error messages. And yes, in ASUS update I had the downgrade
option ticked. I can't even go back to the original BIOS that came
WITH the motherboard. I have XP Pro SP2, E6600, 2GB DDR2, Radeon
X1900XTX, 4 WD Caviars in 2X2 SATA II RAID 0, and a single WD in
JMicron AHCI IDE mode. What in the hell is going on here? TIA,
MMTool program. But the 2205 BIOS causes MMTool to crash with an
That means they could be using a new version of BIOS tools to make new
BIOS files. Or it could mean, someone screwed up.
One option is to plead with Asus Tech Support. Maybe they will agree to
send you a BIOS chip, after hearing the details of your story. Maybe
won't. Since in some countries, the Asus staff have the ability to
BIOS chips, you may get lucky.
Alternately, if you are in a rush to resolve the issue, and have a
motherboard again, you can go to an outfit like badflash.com and get a
new BIOS chip with 2004 burned into it. About $25 or so. And chalk it
up to experience.
There are other options, but they hardly ever work out. For example, I
I could find a blank BIOS chip for sale if I looked. Mouser used to
quite an extensive collection of odds and ends, but the last time I
they seemed to be gone.
Savior on that board which had a 4MB PLCC Winbond chip. Never once did I
have to use it. Now... well, it figures that once I need it, there's
no 8MB version of the BIOS Savior for this board. I just hope that when
this 2205 gets out of beta, I'll be able to upgrade to the newest BIOS
and hopefully that'll be more stable. I wish there was a way to "force"
AFUDOS to flash to ANY BIOS regardless of the date.
there is a box you can check to "Bio Downgradeable" and it will allow you
to flash to an older bios.
He mentioned ticking the downgrade box, in his original post.
I would have expected the Alt-F2 (EZFlash) to have worked, as I thought
that would ignore some of the checks, but that didn't work either. But
I notice in the manual, that it is called "EZFlash2", meaning new and
improved, and perhaps they put the checks back in.
Hot Flashing would be an option, which is why I mentioned obtaining a
blank chip, but inserting the new chip in a PLCC socket with the power on,
is the part that scares me. I know people have done it and got away with
it. When inserting a chip in a PLCC socket, they tend to bounce around,
and you wouldn't want the power rails to contact the wrong pins.
I've even tried looking for ZIF sockets, so you could build an adapter
for safe Hot Flashing (as a replacement for the BIOS Savior), but never
yeah, and what's more, badflash.com seems to only offer chips UP to 4MB and
this board's chip is 8MB. Another weird thing is that when saving any
changes you make to the BIOS (F10), it somehow will not keep my disabling
of the onboard HD audio. Everytime I reboot, I find an unknown PCI device
in my device manager list. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out what
this device was. Then when I was in the BIOS setup checking and re-checking
my settings, I noticed that the HD audio was enabled. But I ALWAYS disable
that since I have an Audigy card. Hmmm, well maybe I forgot when I was
changing DIMM timings. So, I disabled it and sure enough next time in
windows device manager, the unknown PCI device was gone. But after
subsequent reboots, it shows up again. I check the BIOS setup and damn it,
the HD Audio is enabled again. So it appears this BIOS is NOT saving
certain changes OR it is reverting back to some default settings. Again,
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