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Thread: Soyo SY-K7VTA Pro Bios question.....




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    I read on the soyo website that if I ever wanted to go higher than a AMD athlon xp 2000 chip for the soyo SY-K7VTA Pro motherboard, (MY board and chip ) I would have to flash my bios....(you would have to flash the bios for a AMD athlon xp 2100 for instance) however they reccomend NOT doing this because if it is improperly done, the bios chip would have to be sent to them for re-flashing? I was told by a friend that you can BUY a bios chip for the motherboard you have by contacting the manufacturer, all of this confuses me! Would it not just be easier to buy a bios chip for your board rather than flash it?? (What I mean by that is...wouldn't it be safer than flashing the bios just to go get a bios chip that is made for the right chip clockspeed, instead of flashing it??) If you can tell me in simple laymans terms, I would appreciate it!

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    Well as simple as possible, the BIOS is a very delicate thing and should not be messed with too much without the knoledge to do so. If SOYO will take the board back and re-flash it for you then I suggest you take that route.

    To my knoledge I have never heard of this thing where you can buy new BIOS chips and I would definetly not recomend doing this anyway. The BIOS chip is saudered onto the motherboard.

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    A lot of BIOS chips are of the plug in sort these days. :smokin:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    A lot of BIOS chips are of the plug in sort these days. :smokin:
    I am trying to get accross that it will most likely void your warranty and can potentially destroy the motherboard if you don't do it right.

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    I've never owned a Soyo...but i've probably flashed the bios on various types of systems at least 100 times - and I've yet to have a problem.

    Just sitck with the mfg approved bios' - not the beta or modded ones. And most downloadable bios files include a readme, make sure you follow the instructions to the letter

    I definately think flashing a bios is easier than changing a socketed bios chip for a newbee

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDR
    I've never owned a Soyo...but i've probably flashed the bios on various types of systems at least 100 times - and I've yet to have a problem.

    Just sitck with the mfg approved bios' - not the beta or modded ones. And most downloadable bios files include a readme, make sure you follow the instructions to the letter

    I definately think flashing a bios is easier than changing a socketed bios chip for a newbee
    Well flashing comes with a known risk... There is always the chance that it will fffff up and something will go wrong... I have only used downloadable bios updates once and that was with my MSI board. It was pretty straight forward and I encountered no problems but be aware that the message, "USE AT YOUR OWN RISK" appears on the site.

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    The main thing when flashing is to never interupt the process or power while this is being done or ya will hose the BIOS. :smokin:
    <center>:cheers:</center>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    The main thing when flashing is to never interupt the process or power while this is being done or ya will hose the BIOS. :smokin:
    <center>:cheers:</center>
    OUCH! Has that ever happened to you Wiggo??? Jeez, just get a UPS while doing this. :)

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    No it never has but there are those I know of who had. :rolleyes2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiggo
    No it never has but there are those I know of who had. :rolleyes2
    So... How did this friend of yours wind up fixing the problem?

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