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Always update from DOS!
Today I decided to update the new BIOS in my laptop, because it had 'issues' with WinXP and the manufacturer recommended I do so.
It doesn't have a floppy disk drive, so I updated it using the manufacturers Windows based utility, which crashed!
My laptop now won't boot!
The manufacturer doesn't want to know, pointing out I agreed to their disclaimer before I ran the s/w.
There was no mention of this, but I later found out, with a bit of searching, that if you use a Windows utility always:
Disconnect ALL external hardware
Turn you computer off then on again, to shut down all processes
Shut down ALL programs especially anti-virus
Make sure you are on a.c. (laptops)
Remember if can take upto 45 minutes, don't be tempted to reboot your computer even if it appears to lock up.
And wherever possible use a floppy disk and do it in dos
I hope this warning, stops others suffering my fate!
A call for help
I have an image of the BIOS on floppy, and being an electronics engineer have no problem removing the 39SF040 flash IC.
Can anyone here recommend a programming service (in the UK if possible), or point me in the direction of a quick build diy programmer?
Are you saying it's a completely black screen - no boot? Does it spin up your CDROM when it starts?
Can you download the system bios and make a bootable ISO image using Nero etc - then boot from the CD and re-flash?
What system do you have?
they replaced the entire motherboard
This seems to be the standard response. I've spoken to the manufacturer of my laptop and several dealers, they all want to install a new mobo, and charge accordingly!
Because the BIOS IC is soldered in place, they say it can't be repaired! That's complete rubbish, I've already removed it and fitted a socket in its place.
I'm waiting for a cheap programmer to arrive (35 euro's) then I'll reprogram the IC with the image I downloaded from the manufacturers site, and fingers crossed I should be up and running again.
Good luck with getting it sorted and I hope you don't have to spend too much on doing it!