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Old May 30, 2003, 01:18 PM
Dasoldier Dasoldier is offline
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After my computers been running horribley for awhile I ran the software sandra to see if it could help diagnose the problem(s). After running the program it brought up quite a few different potential problems.

<<< Mainboard Information >>>

Notice N224: SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
Tip T2511: Some memory slots are free so the memory can be easily
Warning W2541: FSB exceeds Chipset rated speed. Reduce FSB.
Warning W2521: AGP bus speed is too high. Reduce FSB speed or FSB/AGP
Warning W2520: PCI bus speed is too high. Reduce FSB speed or FSB/PCI
Tip T2536: System has no SMBus/i2c/BMB bus support.

<<< CPU & BIOS Information >>>

Tip T201: System BIOS : System BIOS is old. Check for an update.
Notice N224: System BIOS : SMBIOS/DMI information may be
Tip T212: System BIOS : BIOS can be shadowed so check whether it
Tip T211: System BIOS : BIOS is flash-able and socketed so it
can be upgraded when needed.
Tip T210: Processor 1 : Mainboard supports faster CPUs, so the
CPU can be upgraded when needed.
Notice N224: Processor 1 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be
Warning W220: Processor 1 : The CPU Serial Number is enabled.

<<< PCI, AGP, CardBus Bus(es) Information >>>

I'm going to start with flashing the bios, I downloaded a newer bios and the flasher they recommended but I don't understand how to use the flasher, it seems to be an ms-dos based program I double click it and a window briefly pops up and th disappears. The bios is 010822s.rom and the flashing utility is Awd814c... if that helps for anything.
Old May 30, 2003, 01:49 PM
MasterMind MasterMind is offline
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You need 98se bootdisk from [url][/url]

Copy .ROM and flash executable on floppy. Boot through this floppy and run the flashing utility. It will prompt you to enter ROM files name and path. It will also prompt you to take the backup of existing BIOS. [B]Save your current BIOS first[/B].

BIOS flash : Do it only if you are facing problem else it could be the permanent system failure.

Good Luck!!
Old May 30, 2003, 02:04 PM
Van Nugent Van Nugent is offline
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On the other hand, I strongly advise you to get the DR. DOS 7.x bootdisk for BIOS Flashing, also available at [url][/url] This bootdisk is just a plain old bootdisk that has no drivers that can potentially cause problem for the flash.
Old May 30, 2003, 02:57 PM
MasterMind MasterMind is offline
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Yeah... Good point. I missed it completely.

If you are with Win98 bootdisk, you need to press F8 while Starting Windows 98 screen appears. Then select Safe Mode Command Prompt Only from the startup menu.

DOS 7.x bootdisk is much better though Thanks Van. I will keep this point in mind.

Click [url=***********]Here[/url] for direct link.

Last edited by MasterMind; May 30, 2003 at 03:02 PM.

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