some boards have a jumper connection marked 'clear BIOS' or something
similar. Shorting this, powering up, powering down, wait 30 seconds, unshort
and power up again *may* have the effect of clearing dud values from the
BIOS and may allow you to boot. Or it may not - but it won't hurt to try.
Failing this, you'll need a new BIOS chip, flashed with the correct BIOS.
This can be done with an EEPROM programmer. Wander along to your local
electrical/electronic engineering dept. in the UL and ask nicely - they're
sure to have the programmer. Sourcing the chip might be a problem.
Have a look at http://www.ping.be/bios as well - very comprehensive info on
all aspects of BIOS fun.
From: Mel <mel at csn.ul.ie>
To: ilug at linux.ie <ilug at linux.ie>
Date: 09 October 1999 16:41
Subject: [ILUG] [OT] Busted BIOS
>>Ah - this should be amusing for some of ye at least. I have a GigaByte
>6BXD 440BX motherboard and I was trying to upgrade the bios. The patch
>seemed to apply all right but now the computer can't boot at all
>whatsoever. When it turns on, the speaker just beeps at me and stays
>blank. I'm presuming the bios is trashed but I don't see where I can
>recover it either. Does anyone have this board or know what to do with it
>when the bios is frigged on it? I know some of the Intel boards are able
>to boot a floppy even when the bios is totally gone but I don't see a
>similar option on the GigaByte board. Any ideas what I need to do?
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