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  1. #1
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    ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Hi !

    I’m having problems with my ASUS MB M2N-SLI Deluxe that I had for 4-5 years working well but after some Windows SW issue decided to re-install OS and clean up computer. Though after initial success with Windows/computer re-install and clean up, machine worked great. Though had two blue screens during OS installation that made me a bit concerned?? So I decide to also upgrade MB BIOS (stupid…) as to make sure everything was tip top. That made things to go seriously downhill (Probably user error on my side) and now looks like I have dead MB and a nice book-stop.

    So looking for advice on how to restore the MB

    I have the following Equipment/setup
    • MB: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Rev. 1.02G
    • CPU : 2.70 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
    • Original BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS M2N-SLI DELUXE ACPI BIOS, rev 1102
    • RAM: 4 GB (2 x 2 GB , each a Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 memory module
    • Display Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
    • SDD (60 GB) Crucial as ( C: )
    • HDD (2 x 320 GB in RAID-1=> 298 GB Mirrored as ( D: ), 2 Maxtor Diamond Max 21, STM3320620AS
    • Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 (fresh install)


    This is what I did to cause the problem
    • Installed a new Crucial 64 GB SDD to use as Program Drive

    • Re-configured my stripped (RAID-0) HDD (2 x 320) as a Mirrored Local Drive (using MB Nvidia nForce 570 SLI MCP on MB), so resulted in a 298 GB RAID-1 drive

    • Re-installed New fresh Window Vista + SP2

    • Installed Basic Application SW (MS office 2003, Microsoft Essential, Java, , KeePass, Dropbox, ….). Took a System Back & and created restore point

    • Decided to upgrade BIOS….. (First Big Mistake)
    o Installed ASUS Update Utility from MB System Disk
    o Attempted to fetch BIOS using ASUS Update Utility, this failed could not connect to Servers
    o Decided to upgrade ASUS Update Utility to latest version from asus.com, Still could not connect and fetch New BIOS
    o Fetched BIOS manually online from ASUS.com Website (BIOS rev. 1804)
    o Ran ASUS Update Utility (windows BIOS update) that seem to work ok, however at completion of upgrade complained that file/upgrade was not successful/completed, that something was corrupt
    o Decide to leave it alone and already then cursed myself that I was stupid enough to have tried it (Why ???, if it ain’t broke don’t mess with it …)

    • Continued to load Application SW

    • Though now after first shutdown/restart system could not find any OS to load!!!
    o Repeated numerous time with same result every time
    o Tried to run Windows Repair, however this failed.
    o Suspected the failed/incomplete BIOS Upgrade being the source of this problem

    • Read up on the BIOS in MB manual and found out that there is the ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility can be initiated from BIOS during startup/POST

    • Decided to use this to try to fix BIOS problem
    o As BIOS 1804 did not seem to work for me, made second (bigger) mistake, as decided to take a different version of BIOS
    o Downloaded BIOS Rev. 5001 from asus.com and put on a Floppy Disk and ran ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility. That seem to have worked (don’t recall any error codes)

    • However after this machine is dead, as I try to restart/power up
    o I can hear fans and disk drives make some initial attempts, however does not seem run POST (no sound indications, display is dead…)
    o Only way to get out of this is to Power off.
    o When power on same thing occurs
    o …..


    What I have tried to do to fix problem, to get MB back into operation
    • Tried to use the AWARDBIOS Flash utility
    o Collected new BIOS re-named BIOS 1102.bin as m2nsli.bin and put on boot disk (tried both floppy & CD) with awdflash.exe as per instructions.
    o Supposedly you trigger this BIOS load in DOS mode. However how do I boot a MS Vista system in DOS mode?? Also even if possible to Boot in DOS mode, it does not seem to get past any BIOS activities, as does not succeed to run POST ??
    o So gave up on that..

    • Also tried the ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 Utility,
    o With this one you turn on system and load MB support CD, no success
    o Can also use USB with BIOS file on it, have not tried this yet, but not sure I had USB as bootable option so not sure that would do any difference

    • Chased threads for similar issue on support pages, forum and support groups to see if I could finds some help
    o Found that clearing CMOS RAM (Clear RTC RAM, CLRTC) could maybe do the trick. Did that and no difference….
    o Saw suggestion to power up without any other equipment connected, to see if I can get POST to execute….may be next step

    What else can I do? Any good suggestions to resolve?

    Hate to toss MB away, think it still has some life in it…..
    Also irritates me that if I can’t use the MB not only do I have to buy a new MB and CPU, I also have to buy a new OS. As I can re-install my current OS on old machine/MB, but pretty sure I can not migrate to a new one so also means more money out the door.
    Also engineer in me want to solve the problem….

    Input/ideas welcome
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Make sure when you clear cmos you follow the instructions, power is disconnected and short the jumper for at least 5 seconds.
    Revert to one stick of ram only.
    Otherwise you could find a bios reprogrammer service and buy a chip or send your chip for reprogramming.
    badflash.com or I found this place for $15. http://www.bios-mods.com/forum/misc....ge=chipprogram
    Google for others.
    I think the bios chip is removable on that board ??
    Some revisions may have soldered chips so may be out of luck if yours is a soldered one.
    Do you have a pci video card, sometimes you can get a display on a pci card and that will help you reflash or try a recovery.

    edit...
    looks like you can get pre-programmed bios chip here also
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIOS-Chip-AS...item3caabaec9e
    Last edited by CMB; 06-17-2013 at 02:06 AM.

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by CMB View Post
    Make sure when you clear cmos you follow the instructions, power is disconnected and short the jumper for at least 5 seconds.
    Revert to one stick of ram only.
    Otherwise you could find a bios reprogrammer service and buy a chip or send your chip for reprogramming.
    badflash.com or I found this place for $15. http://www.bios-mods.com/forum/misc....ge=chipprogram
    Google for others.
    I think the bios chip is removable on that board ??
    Some revisions may have soldered chips so may be out of luck if yours is a soldered one.
    Do you have a pci video card, sometimes you can get a display on a pci card and that will help you reflash or try a recovery.

    edit...
    looks like you can get pre-programmed bios chip here also
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIOS-Chip-AS...item3caabaec9e
    Thanks CMB
    seem that the second eBay link has a M2N-SLI Deluxe Bios, however chip is surface mounted/soldered, so not sure that is an option for me... Sounds like a highly likely project to fail, even if handy with the soldering iron.
    Or are there any easy options for soldered chip-sets ?

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    I believe some of the earlier versions of the board had replaceable bios chip and not surface mounted.
    Soldering a new chip is not an option.

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Talked to ASUS, not much they could do if no POST.
    I tried to reset CMOS RAM again CLRTC and removed all peripherals, MB + CPU only, no beeps, MB+CPU+1 RAM no Beeps, So looks like it is fried..

    So seem only remaining option to save is to replace BIOS physically, as you indicated seem I can get a BIOS & Chip fairly cheap $10-15, however challenge is to replace the surface mounted soldered BIOS...

    Pretty handy, but not feeling to comfortable with that one...
    Though not much more I can loose on this one...

    Any suggestion on how to do that ?

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    from the photos i see of that board, the bios chip will pop out of the socket with a small screw driver.


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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    I think different revisions of the board had socketed or soldered.
    The bios companies only sell the pre-programmed socketed variety as far as I know.

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    BoInMcK> could you possibly post a picture of the bios chip, I'm pretty sure that MB has a plug in bios chip.
    I could be wrong but I believe the chip sets down into the receptacle not just on top of it making it look like a surface mount.
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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Also as I mentioned earlier, a pci video card might get you video and allow you to reflash.

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Hi ! Im pretty sure it is surface mounted, Enclosed a picture.
    It is a PMC Pm49FL004T-33JCE

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by CMB View Post
    Also as I mentioned earlier, a pci video card might get you video and allow you to reflash.
    Can you elaborate on how to do that , as I have PCI Video card in there MSI NX8600 GT

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    Re: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe does not post after failed BIOS upgrade

    That would be a pci express card and not a standard pci.

    Here somebody details using pci card.
    http://www.motherboardpoint.com/m2n3...ms-t61048.html

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