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Matt Zulawski Dec 04, 2002, 09:31am EST Report Abuse
I'm attempting to flash the bios on my mobo to solve problems mentioned in another thread, and it just isn't working out.

1. Made boot disk with bios upgrade files, ran it, get the error message: Chipset/Flash part isn't available. The function will be invalid.

2. Made a boot CD with bios upgrade files, ran it, get the error message: Chipset/Flash part isn't available. The function will be invalid.

3. In Windows XP, I ran the Winflash utility included with the mobo, but it crashes on startup.

4. Formatted, installed Win98, ran Winflash, crash.

It almost seems as if the BIOS is locked down somehow, but I can't find a setting on the board or in the BIOS settings themselves. Can anyone tell me how to get around this? Refer to details below for system specs

Previous Post:
ECS P4VXASD2+ 533FSB problems: HELP PLEASE

My System:
ECS P4VXASD2 + mobo (http://www.ecsusa.com/products/p4vxasd2_v5_plus.html)
Pentium 4 2.4B using retail Intel box fan + heatsink
256 megs DDR2700
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (Built by ATI, plugged into PSU)
400W Coolmax PSU
USB 2.0 Card
LG 40x CD Writer
Pioneer DVD (currently unplugged)
30 gig 7200rpm Maxtor HD
10 gig 7200rpm Quantum HD

Problem:
Upgraded from a 1.7ghz Celeron to a 2.4B P4. I can't seem to get the CPU 133 frequency working. While at 100, the new chip runs stable at 1.8ghz, but when I enable the 133 frequency by moving the jumpers, the system goes screwy. All of a sudden my hard drive becomes unreadable, CDROM has problems reading disks, and if I !can get into Windows, every application crashes within seconds.

I thought at first it was a PSU problem, so I upgraded to a 400W PSU, which should be more than sufficiant. No dice. I have a feeling it has something to do with the mobo or still something with the PSU. I'm waiting for tech support to get back to me, but I'm not crossing my fingers.

Can anyone help? This is DRIVING ME UP THE WALL

PSU Details from BIOS

While running 133 CPU Frequency
Vcore: 1.552
VCC 2.5V: 2.496
VCC 3.3V: 3.392
VCC 5V: 4.945
+12 V: 12.416
-12V: -11.639
SB5V: 4.865
VBAT: 3.312

While running 100 CPU Frequency:
Vcore: same
VCC 2.5V: same
VCC 3.3V: same
VCC 5V: 4.972
+12 V: 12.352
-12V: same
SB5V: same
VBAT: 3.328


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Grant S Dec 04, 2002, 05:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I had a similar problem: my BIOS also wouldn't flash.
I finally got it to go with a newer version of the flash utillity from the website. (the one that came with the MOBO didnt work???).

I have a different motherboard altogether, but whatever works...

Matt Zulawski Dec 06, 2002, 10:59pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I've attempted to use 3 different versions of the dos base utility, and 2 different versions of the Windows based utility. None of them get past the error message, even when I specify any sort of force commands in the command line.

Thanks for the tip though.

Leo Hombach Dec 17, 2002, 05:25pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I was able to flash the newest Bios for the P4VXASD2+ without any problems. There was an interim upgrade that didn't match P4VXASD2+ (the + was missing) but the most recent upgrade works fine. I used version 3.35 with the appropriate rom.

My problem is that I cannot make the mobo work with the frequency of 133 instead of 100. Everything is fine if I run at 100 and the P4 runs at 1.8 GHZ but if I try to change the two jumpers to 133, chaos occurs and the tripple beeps occur.

Did you find out anything more?

Vincent Chak Dec 23, 2002, 09:20am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
short the jumper JP1A1 in 2-3 and JP1B1 in 1-2....then u will get 133
i think the menu is misprint..
hey, i have another question...
I just install a analysis program........the program shows that the chipset of the motherboard is P4x266, not p4x333.....it is also different from the menu too
did anyone got the same problem?

Richard Ozer Dec 25, 2002, 08:26pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
Can someone post exactly where they found a working version of the flash software plus flash bios image? People have mentioned that they have been able to flash the P4VXASD2+, but I can't get pass the error message.

I'm also experiencing the same problem with the 100/133 bus. I cannot jumper this board to give me 133. When I do so, I get no video or any other activity.


Richard Ozer Dec 25, 2002, 08:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I found the proper bios image and flash utility. Go directly to the FTP site and not the web site. The website has the wrong image and wrong flash utility. The proper site is:

ftp://ftp.ecs.com.tw/bios/

Download the E021125S.rom image.

Use the aminf335.exe flash utility found in the following directory:

ftp://ftp.ecs.com.tw/bios/flash

Now that I've got the bios up to date... I STILL CAN'T GET THIS BOARD PAST 100mhz. So my P4 2.4ghz processor is reading 1.8 ghz. We all wait with baited breath for tech-support to return....

RO

Vincent Chak Dec 26, 2002, 04:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
remember the menu is misprint.....
it u realy want to get 133 instead of 100, try to short the jumper JP1A1 in 2-3 and JP1B1 in 1-2. Then, it should be worked. It is because there is an printing error on the menu.

Richard Ozer Dec 26, 2002, 05:29pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I'm not sure what you mean by "the menu is misprint." Do you mean the manual / documentation has a misprint? In any case, those are the jumper settings in my manual... they must have revised the docs.

I still get no response at the 133 settings you mention.

RO

Vincent Chak Dec 27, 2002, 08:02am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
right, that's correct. I went to Fry's Electronics and they told me the jumper setting of the CPU clock was incorrect.
Original in the menu......

JP1A1 short 1-2.....100M
open 2-3.....133M <------misprint
JP1B1 short 2-3.....100M
open 1-2.....133M <------misprint

open ==> short

that's mean if u want to get 133
then JP1A1 short 2-3
JP1B1 short 1-2



Scott Haskin Dec 27, 2002, 10:16am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I also have the same problem with my P4VXASD2+ motherboard. Shorting 2-3 on JP1A1 and shorting 1-2 on JP1B1 does solve the problem. I did notice that the BIOS thinks I am running at 1.8Ghz but when installing my video adapter a (ATI Rage 128 pro) determined I was running at 2.4Ghz. Is is possible I am running at 2.4Ghz and the BIOS does not know it?

Francisco Torres Dec 27, 2002, 05:03pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I have the same problem (P4VXASD2+ w/ P4 2.4 GHz). I set the jumpers properly for 133 MHz (update to the user's guide can be found in ECS's global website), but now my machine will not load windows (annunciates a problem with NDIS). Ring a bell with anybody?

Mobo works fine at 100 MHz (1.8 GHz).

Richard Ozer Dec 27, 2002, 05:36pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
The NDIS problem is a NIC driver problem. I would go into the recovery console and disable the network driver. Then reinstall it using the CD that came with the main board.

Richard Ozer Dec 27, 2002, 05:39pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
Allright.. I do see the misprint. But I always assumed that the wording should have read "short" where it said open. I was treating the short/open as the "default" settings rather than the instructions. So, I am setting the jumpers as you describe and the board will not even go through its post.

RO

Francisco Torres Dec 27, 2002, 09:47pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
Thanks Richard,

Deleting the LAN drivers did indeed allow for the completion of the Windows load. However, when I re-installed the drivers, the problem returned.

I am reloading windows to see if this will help.


Scott Haskin Dec 28, 2002, 12:12am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
Sorry all. I forgot to type NOT in my last posting. See below.

I also have the same problem with my P4VXASD2+ motherboard. Shorting 2-3 on JP1A1 and shorting 1-2 on JP1B1 does NOT solve the problem.

A Fry's salesman told me to clear the CMOS memory and reboot to see if that helped. That did not work either. Still cannot get it to run at 133Mhz.

Richard Ozer Dec 28, 2002, 02:58am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I'm suspicious about power. Is anyone having this problem using a 400 watt power supply? Mine is only 250 watts, and I can't help but wonder...

RO

Francisco Torres Dec 28, 2002, 10:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
Reloading windows did not help. The install crashed once it saw the LAN driver. Changed back to 100 MHz and all works fine.

My power supply is 300 W. All I have running on this (other than the Mobo) is the floppy disk, CD-ROM and single hard drives. Hard for me to believe that this could be caused by a lack of power.

Fry's support department has been pretty worthless.

If one of you gets it working, please post what you did. Thanks.

Richard Ozer Dec 29, 2002, 12:43am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I'm planning on contacting manufacturer support after they reopen on the 2nd.

Gordon Hou Dec 29, 2002, 11:29pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
It's done by
1. to select CPU clock at 133MHz (short 2-3 for jumper JP1A1 & 1-2 for JP1B1

Lee Finkel Dec 29, 2002, 11:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Can't Flash P4VXASD2 BIOS: "Chipset/Flash part isn't available..."
I am dealing with the same problem, but a little different perspective. Also cannot get the P4VXASD2+ board to run at 133 MHz settings, but runs okay at 100 and 1.8 MHz. My issue is using a video card with 64Mb DDR versus a much older card. The OS loads perfectly with the older Diamond board, but now have tried both ATI 8500LE and MSI MX440 video cards with the same result -- boot stops and the counting begins with RPL-ROM-FFC. The only way to load the OS is to hold the Control key when I boot the machine from a cold start.

I am using Windows XP Home.


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