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    Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    I recently sold my Asus A8N-SLi Premium motherboard to ionicle on here. It was working fine when I stripped the machine a few weeks back, but he's tried building his PC and is having big problems with what looks like a corrupted bios:

    A8N-SLi Premium corrupted bios??

    Obviously I'm trying to help him sort this out It's not a different language (I don't think), as he said changing the language option (third down from the top) doesn't do anything.

    Anyone experienced this before? Should a bios flash do the trick? Could it be something other than the bios?

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    It looks like it's in French - but not quite. Does selecting a different language change the text on the screen, even if it still gibberish. If it does not change at all then something wrong with the MB/BIOS, flashing it might fix it.

    If the BIOS is using one of the low res text video modes its video card provides the data for the characters set. Can you see the message from the video card when it boots? If it's gibberish like the bios text it might be the video card that duff. Can another video card used?

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    eek, try and flash it

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    selecting a different language does not change the bios screen's content, only the initial post screens content

    attempting to flash it does not work, no-matter what the source

    because dos, also becomes gibberish, and my keyboard doesnt type the keys its suposed to

    so how can i reflash it, when typing doesnt even make up a coherent sentence or word...

    i have tried taking the battery out for 4 hours then trying again...nothing

    tried taking the graphics card out, and in a different slot, no difference

    tried a different stick of ram, and a different processor, no difference,

    tried booting without hard drives, or optical drives, no difference

    tried booting to a different hard drive, with a different OS on it, no difference

    i think its F****D tbh...

    i will keep trying any ideas people come up with though...

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    Can you try a different video card?

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    thanks for the sugestion, i just tried that

    the problem persists

    also it doesnt matter which pci-e slot the card is in

    and a pci card doesnt work either

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    Can you try a diff bios chip from another mobo (pref one you don't really need anymore)?

    I think, providing it is the right type (ie size/shape) there shouldn't be any probs with doing this.

    I had a mobo I couldn't boot because it wouldn't recognize my cpu, just ordered a compatable chip from the web and slotted it in.

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    i dont have a motherboard with a compatable bios chip unfortunatly

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    Do you have a 3.5 floppy drive?

    If so can you make a bootable disk with a flashing software and rom image on, and create a file called a.bat containing the command to use the flashing software?

    Boot from the disk and type 'a' it should flash the BIOS

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    Just musing out loud, but I wonder if there is a problem with the memory he is using? It's almost as if a bit isn't being set in the characterset used.

    What graphics card and memory were you using - and what is he using?
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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    i dont have a 3.5" floppy drive, or disk, but i tried booting from usb, and it didnt work...

    as it came up with the same gibberish as in the bios



    i have used the same memory as he did, i bought it off him, but i did try a stick of my own that works perfectly in another system, so that isnt the problem

    and as for graphics, i am using an X300

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by manwithnoname View Post
    If the BIOS is using one of the low res text video modes its video card provides the data for the characters set. Can you see the message from the video card when it boots? If it's gibberish like the bios text it might be the video card that duff. Can another video card used?
    I had forgotten about that and was really hoping that was the case, obviously not :/ ionicle, was the other card you used just another stand pci-e card that defo works?

    This is just completely strange, I don't know how or why it's happened

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    i have used a brand new X300

    and a used and guarenteed working X300, in both PCI-E slots, each one tried in each slot

    didnt work

    tried a pci graphics card (matrox somthing or other)

    in all 3 pci ports...

    same gibberish came up

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    Have you tried recovering the bios from the motherboard support cd that came with the mobo? I have the same mobo and I'm reading from the manual page 4-5 about this. Sounds like it is what you should do if your bios is corrupt. I seem to recall reading that there is a backup bios on the board although I can't find anything on it from quickly flicking thru the manual just now. I have the asus product page in my bookmarks if that might help looking there: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    yes, it loaded a form of dos, which was also gibberish...

    i tried from the disk, but all the text that came up was gibberish, and you have to select somthing, i tried selecting either option, all i got was more gibberish

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    Re: Asus A8N-SLi Premium - corrupted bios?

    have u tried a different make of card in the PCI-E slot with your memory?

    have u connected everything up or is this just for POST? (ie m/b, cpu, ram & gfx)

    id personally try with reseating the cpu and try 1 stick of ram, the gfx card and see what i got n go from there

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