View Full Version : Failed BIOS update

03-09-2008, 05:49 PM

I have a motherboard - FOXCONN G31 MX-K. While I was updating my BIOS with the latest version , the computer froze up halfway through the "Programming' status bar. My computer was relatively new. I restarted the computer, only to find that the POST screen does not display, and nothing happens -no visual display on monitor.

I tried to reset the CMOS jumpers and CMOS battery methods, but with no luck.
By the way, my computer does not have a floppy drive.

My BIOS is Phoenix Award.

Now that my computer is stuffed, I am frustrated and I really don't want to fish out lots of money to get it serviced.
Since I bought it in Hong Kong, I don't want to get it replaced under warranty.

I heard that the BIOS could be replaced on floppy, and if it could be done, I'm quite happy to buy a floppy drive (only $15 bucks or so).

Also, I looked on the internet and found out about some 'Phoenix BIOS Crisis Recovery Disk'. Is it suitable for all motherboards, even for desktop ones, not only for laptops?

Please Help!!!


03-09-2008, 06:34 PM
I'm not familiar with this particular motherboard, but it doesn't look good - unless it has some kind of bios recovery mechanism, you're stuffed and will need to order a new chip for it, or hotflash the existing one with another board.

Rule #1 of bios flashing: NEVER, EVER ABORT HALFWAY THROUGH!!!! Even if it looks frozen, it may sometimes be able to recover on its own. If you abort, it gets left with a half-completed flash that prevents it from booting.

And rule #2: Don't flash it from within Windows, use a bootable disk of some kind.

03-09-2008, 06:38 PM
Rule #3 - Normally a failed BIOS flash is not covered under the warranty - you do those at your own risk.

Speedy Gonzales
03-09-2008, 07:06 PM
I know ASUS BIOS'es can be reflashed, with floppy or USB flash drive.

If you stuff it up

BUT I couldnt see anything on the Foxconn site, saying this mobo supports it

03-09-2008, 10:32 PM
If you got Phoenix/Award BIOS you may be saved by the bootblock, which can be used to recover using the methods here (http://pages.sbcglobal.net/jefn/bootblock.html)

If you can't see anything when you turn on the PC then the only way to determine if your system is still recoverable will be to connect a floppy drive and see if the system attempts to read from the drive when powered up.

Note: having the drive light on constantly immediately after power on means you have the cable connected the wrong way. this does not mean it is working.

If you cannot recover using bootblock then you will have to reprogram the EEPROM. if you're in New Zealand then these people might be worth a try: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Other/auction-174409007.htm) Though I imagine that there are others that people here might be able to recommend.

Going by the photo on Foxconn's website, you may be in luck, it looks as if the chip (at least on their board) is socketed, which means it is much easier to do (no need to desolder it)

If you want to check, then take a look at the chip (I've circled it on the photo here (http://www.imagef1.net.nz/files/200710261130250671_G31MX-K.jpg))

04-09-2008, 10:12 AM
This is why I buy Gigabyte motherboards: Dual Bios/Quad Bios!!!


And they can be updated with a new bios so easy as well!!!:clap

04-09-2008, 10:19 AM
Was the BIOS update attempted using a windows flash program? If so, I am not surprised...

Personally I don't care if it's got dualbios/crashfree/etc (although they are very good to have) as long as it has a socketed chip there's not really anything you can do to break it - any problem just remove and reprogram or replace if needed