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Thread: Shuttle SN41G2 Bios Update Interrupted




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    I've spent many hours over the past few days reading about updating the bios waiting for my new Shuttle to arrive. The Shuttle was going to replace my Platinum XP as my home theater pc. I finally got it and first thing I wanted to do once I got everything installed and running was update the bios. I downloaded the bios from the Shuttle website and was all set. I booted from a Windows 98 CD and had just starting flashing the bios from a usb flash drive when my electricity WENT OUT!!! Once back on the computer wouldn't boot up. The bios only takes about 20 seconds to flash and I was almost through it. Now thats some bad mojo. I'm gonna have to pay to ship it back and wait probably more than a week to get a refund. So, I'm gonna have to put my old machine back together now. I'm not realy happy right now. I guess one good thing will come out of it. Mwave.com now has the SN45G in stock, they didn't when I ordered the SN41G2 last week, and its $10 cheaper. So, I'm gonna order that one as the replacement. So, maybe it worked out okay after all?

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    that's some real bad luck on your part...
    maybe now you'll condsider getting a UPS?
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    : omg: thats the first thing u gotta guard against when you live in an area with power problems!
    anyways its good that it didn't hurt you too much :thumb:
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    Quote Originally Posted by asklepios
    : omg: thats the first thing u gotta guard against when you live in an area with power problems!
    anyways its good that it didn't hurt you too much :thumb:
    This was actually the first time I've been without power in the one and a half years I've been in this house. (Actually it did go out once during the middle of the night during a thunderstorm. I unplug my computers when its storming.) I just think its the black cloud that floats over my head. One year ago, almost to the day, my car broke down 5 blocks from work and I had to walk in the pouring rain with no umbrella. When I got to work my computer wouldn't boot. My hard drive had crashed and I had to have it replaced. Fortunately, I only lost a few days of work since I had just backed up a few days before. What blows my mind is to think that if I had just went upstairs and got something to drink before I started, like I was thinking about doing, I wouldn't have been in the middle of flashing the bios when the power went out. But I can't dwell on that which I have no control. Looking to the bright side I'm gonna be able to exchange it for the SN45G, nForce 2 Ultra, which wasn't in stock when I ordered the SN41G2 last week.

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    If thats got an AMI bios, you could put the new bios an a floppy and rename it AMIBOOT and put it in start up, itll fix it Let it go for 3bbeps/5minutes and it should fix it. I dont know if that trick works with other bios makers though

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    If thats got an AMI bios, you could put the new bios an a floppy and rename it AMIBOOT and put it in start up, itll fix it Let it go for 3bbeps/5minutes and it should fix it. I dont know if that trick works with other bios makers though
    I've alwawys been under the impression that if the power goes out/comp reboots while the BIOS is being flashed that the BIOS is toast...unless you have a dual bios system like gigabye provides

    and if the BIOS is toast how would you be able to boot off a floppy to repair it :?:
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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    I've alwawys been under the impression that if the power goes out/comp reboots while the BIOS is being flashed that the BIOS is toast...unless you have a dual bios system like gigabye provides

    and if the BIOS is toast how would you be able to boot off a floppy to repair it :?:
    I dunno how it works, but my power went out during a bios flash with my parents m810 system and i tried that trick, and it worked. Id heard it in many places before

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    If thats got an AMI bios, you could put the new bios an a floppy and rename it AMIBOOT and put it in start up, itll fix it Let it go for 3bbeps/5minutes and it should fix it. I dont know if that trick works with other bios makers though
    Thanks for the info. I've already sent the computer back and have ordered a replacement so I can't try this. Its good info to know, though, in case something like this happens again.

    According to this website, http://www.msi.com.tw/html/support/bios/note/boot.htm, you can also reinstall the Award bios, which the Shuttle has, and restore the bios using a similar method.

    Update: I just found this info on a website.

    Modern motherboards based on Award BIOS have a boot-block BIOS. This is small area of the BIOS that doesn't get overwritten when you flash a BIOS. The boot-block BIOS enables recovery of a corrupted BIOS, and only has support for the floppy drive.

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    Ah, time to bust out the PC book for once, its in here somewhere.

    According to Soot Mueller's book, Generally there in any motherboard with a soldered on Flash ROM,there is a Special area of the FLASH rom, unerasable, non modifyable area for this exact purpose of restoring the BIOS in the circumstance of a misflash, or other extenuating circumstance which causes your bios to become corrupted

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    According to Soot Mueller's book, Generally there in any motherboard with a soldered on Flash ROM,there is a Special area of the FLASH rom, unerasable, non modifyable area for this exact purpose of restoring the BIOS in the circumstance of a misflash, or other extenuating circumstance which causes your bios to become corrupted
    that's a new one on me, I don't think I've heard that in any of the classes I've taken or books I've read...but it is entirely possible that I just missed it along the way :confused:
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