Ok, I'm still havin probs with my Commando Bios. Overclockers have returned my
MoBo since they claim my CPU Socket Cover was not in place when they opened
my return - bastards!
So i been trying to read up on the ASUS Crash Free Bios thing. You can use a USB
Flash Drive - cool.... but... How the hell can i use a flash drive when the thing doesn't
even f**kin boot! I've tried to read up as much info on this as i can, and all i get it
"Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB
flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying
a replacement BIOS chip."
How can anything be updated when there's no post beep, and no boot?!
If anyone has tried this technique, then please give me as much info as you can so
I can try this out before I get in touch with ASUS on Monday. If there's a way of doing
this then cool, I'll try it.
EDIT:- Oh and how does the FlashDrive work anyways? I've been in BIOS before, and
it doesn't read USB. It only locates Hard Drives and FLOPPY???
....I'm back, but only as a part-timer...
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Ok, here's a detailed write-up on what I did to fix this, after my originla post (I know this problem persists many P4PE users, as I have read yesterday and today).
1. Remove Graphics Card (mine was an ATi Radeon 9600, whether or not the grahics card works depends case to case)
2. Make BIOS bootdisk. You can make a floppy disk or a burned CD, it doesn't matter which one. Include your bios file, named p4pe.rom and the aflash.exe utility. Also install the BIOS bootdisk from bootdisk.com, it's not hard to find.
3. Borrow PCI video card from other desktop computer. In my case, I took an old Geforce 2 out of our old Dell, put it in this desktop, and put the Radeon in the Dell to test if it worked.
4.Place your BIOS bootdisk that we made in step 2 inside the dekstop before turning on the power.
5. Boot up your system. You should see the recovery BIOS working and saying Bad Bios checksum or something like that. Here's a link to some pictures of what it will say: http://www.asus.com/999/html/events...
6.When we get to an A:/ prompt, run your aflash.exe. In aflash, select choice 2, write bios without ESCD and something else.
7. Here you may be given a few prompts to confirm that you want to erase the current BIOS and replace it with the one on your disk. Answer yes to all of them, even if they say that the Bios isn't made by Asus (you know it is already).
8. Now you must wait for aflash to write the Bios. When it is done successfully, exit to the A:/ prompt and pull the plug on your computer.
9. Boot your computer back up. Your computer should reach the Bios, which you'll have to reset the time and the like, and then it should boot into Windows or your OS.
10. If all of the earlier steps were successful, put your video card back in your machine, and put the borrowed video card from step 3 back in it's computer.
11. Your computer should now be back to normal, and your wallet should be happy now that it doesn't have to pay for a new Bios chip.
There you go! One of the best CrashFree Bios version 1 explanations on the net right now. Most people seemed to give up because of the video card issue, and bought a new Bios chip or motherboard, that's why there aren't many helpful resources like this on the internet.
So apparently u need some level of activity to do all this... or the activity is triggered by the presence of the bios file in the floppy/flash drive. But PCI-Express video wont work.. that has been clearly specified in the thread.
Yea but his card was goosed cos he tried it on the family pc, and the card still
never worked. I've had this PC stripped and built about 4 times since last week.
I can't be arsed doing this again to be honest. Each time I've took the puter apart,
the water cooling's been looped up, so if i keep tryin these methods, I'm gonna
end up getting into more serious problems. What a pain in the arse this's getting!
That'll not work cos there's no post. Nothing at all. I'll have to check to see if the
Commando does have a socket bios chip. If i can find it!!!! Cos i've never looked for
a bios chip in my life!
I'll post a pic of my BIOS chip tmrw if it helps. But most likely earlier versions of commando should have socketed BIOS... same as striker extreme. I bought my board the same week it came out.
Why does the ASUS web site take the longest to get into? I've never seen a websHite
like it in my life. It p**ses me off
Yeah, I know man... horrible... horrible service, horrible customer support... I used to love ASUS, but after they showed how they "care" for their customer... made me have second thoughts when the time will come for a new mobo...
If anyone here has the ASUS COMMANDO or knows a lot about it, could you please
tell me where the BIOS Chip is on the mobo cos i can not see it!! There's no socket chips
so it's making it harder for me to find! I've found bios chips easily in the past, but on this
board, it's a pain in the ass to locate!