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    Hi...i have an advent t9100 (look at www.pcservicecall.co.uk for exact specs...) Anyways, i tried to update the BIOS yesterday but it crashed half way through and now my PC will turn on but i don't have a screen or the power light coming on although the LED light still does and also if i insert a cd, it still makes the running noise.

    is there any BIOS recovery files i could get and if so where.

    i would appreciate any help with this or otherwise looks like i need to take it to the repairers...any ideas how much that would cost in UK pounds including parts and labour.

    Thank you in advance, 3lions

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    dont think theres much you can do personaly.
    i think you have to remove your bios chip if its socket and get it sent for re-flashing. or send the whole board for re-flashing.
    not sure how much it would cost, but may be aswell with a new motherboard.

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    I was hoping nobody would say that...ok...if i have to replace the motherboard, what am i after?

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    You could do a hot-swap-flash thingie, using another mobo, but 'tis tricky. And I wouldn't recommend it unless you've got some old stuff to practice on a lot, as it may lead to you messing up the other mobo as well.

    Assuming you are up to the task of taking out your bios chip without damaging it or the socket, there are firms online that specialize in sorting out this kind of thing. It really isn't that expensive, but you do have to be able to do some work yourself.

    (can't help you with links though as I only know of more local places)

    If you think you are up to it, you need to have a look and see what kind of chip you have. There's usually a number under the label on the chip. You need to take note of that, and exactly what mobo you have and which bios you want them to flash it with. If you find a good place you should have the option of either ordering a new chip or having your old one flashed.
    Last edited by Snee; 06-09-2005 at 01:55 PM.

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    to be honest, i know more about the mating habit of satanic chipmunks than i do about BIOS stuff so i was kind of after a quick fix...

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    clocker...(cake or death?....donuts...) anyways...thought i'd clear that up.

    thank you for your suggestion but how do i know what to order and how long do these things take approximately b/c my gf is going to beat me because i am not sure if i have lost all and i mean all her college work...

    i know it sounds crude but is it a one size fits all situation? i would be greatful for any help at all...and do i nned any tools to get the chip out and in etc...

    ask me anything about red dwarf and i'm ya man but computers....nope


    i looked on this site (http://www.sysopt.com/articles/recoverbios/) and it says to download a BIOS recovery thingy but would that even help? If you could skim this and tell me if any of this is useful, that would be great. It does give a further link to a download page but i still wouldn't know what i needed as there is a lot on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threelions00
    ... i am not sure if i have lost all and i mean all her college work...
    Nothing is lost. The data is still on the hard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threelions00
    clocker...(cake or death?....donuts...) anyways...thought i'd clear that up.

    thank you for your suggestion but how do i know what to order and how long do these things take approximately b/c my gf is going to beat me because i am not sure if i have lost all and i mean all her college work...
    I haven't a clue, but I'll wager that a few mouse clicks on their website might unearth that info.
    I just Googled "bad bios flash recovery" and they popped up as one of the first listings, I'm sure there are others.
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    Depending on the type of chip you have there may be special tools available, and indeed required. (have a look under the link called "bios chip extractors")

    I think the site clocker posted had tools, so you can get what you need there, anyway.

    And, like I posted, you will need to order the right chip for your mobo, however, you might not need to check out the chip-number yourself as that site seems to go by the model-number of your mobo. If that's the here you should look for whatever chip they have for your mobo.

    But if they don't have a chip they've noted suits your mobo you'll need the number from your BIOS-chip, like I said.

    it isn't one size fits all, but you should be able to get the right stuff fairly easily.
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