ASUS P5E-Deluxe - Any advice on what went wrong?

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  1. robw17

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    #1 robw17, Jun 25, 2008
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    Motherboard Manufacturer : ASUS
    Model : P5E-Deluxe
    BIOS Revision : 0105 (Note, fairly new model board so this is the first release BIOS, no other BIOS revisions appear to be available on the ASUS website)

    Hi folks,

    I seem to have bricked my new mobo. :( Before sending back for RMA, could anyone please advise what I did wrong or suggest any BIOS recovery technique that I haven’t already tried ?

    A search of the forums did not turn up a modded BIOS for my board so as it is an AMI BIOS and on the basis of the post found here :
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/19759
    and as P5E-Deluxe is very similar board to P5E3 I thought to firstly try using the AMI_SLIC3_20080419 tool. I had an original Compaq OEM WinXP Pro CD handy (from a Compaq EVO D500SFF) so I selected :
    “Compaq Hewlett-Packard HP PAVILION” OEM SLP and “HP” OEM SLIC.
    I received a warning that “The BIOS was already had SLIC, continue?”. After selecting “yes” the result was 2 green lights. All seemed good however EZ Flash 2 failed with error message “boot block in file is not valid”. I successfully flashed with Afudos using the /pbnc /n switches however after installing WinXP using original Compaq OEM WinXP Pro CD it failed to activate.
    Next, on the basis of the thread found here :
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/443
    I confirmed that the BIOS contained an FC module and then tried using the ASUS_AMI-FC10 tool and again choosing “Compaq Hewlett-Packard HP PAVILION” OEM SLP and “HP” OEM SLIC. I received a warning saying “Can’t find Configure Lock in 1B module !”. After selecting “OK”, the result was no light for XP and a red light for VISTA.
    At this stage I thought I would take it one step at a time and try for XP activation only and on the basis of this post :
    http://www.mydigitallife.net/forums/showpost.php?p=25768&postcount=2
    I modded the BIOS using the amimmwin P5E0105.ROM /SLP "Compaq Hewlett-Packard HP PAVILION" command. The BIOS flashed OK using Afudos however upon reboot I received a checksum error. This error persisted despite loading setup defaults. I decided to clear the CMOS however upon doing so the mobo is classicly bricked. Mobo power indicator light comes on, DVD drive light comes on, fans spin but no video and no beeps.
    So far I have tried all AMI BIOS recovery methods detailed in this post :
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/2105
    Interestingly, all these methods suggest using a floppy disk however this is not possible as the BIOS file is 2MB and will not fit on the disk so I tried all the methods using a flash disk instead of floppy disk but have so far been unsuccessful with BIOS recovery. I have also tried ASUS’s built in CrashFree BIOS 3 utility which uses either the supplied motherboard support DVD or a USB flash disk. Still no success.

    This is the first mobo I have bricked in 15 years of fooling around with PC’s so I guess I haven’t been trying hard enough before, LOL. I’m planning on persisting with BIOS recovery for a couple of days before resorting to RMA. I’m not primarily concerned that it is bricked as RMA will fix that if necessary. I’m more interested in taking the opportunity to learn techniques for BIOS recovery and/or what I did wrong with the BIOS mod/flash.

    Please ….. any ideas on BIOS recovery techniques or what I did wrong with the mod/flash ??

    Many thanks

    Rob
     
  2. petar

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    There are larger Floppyes than 1,44 MB, which will alow you to put your 2MB bios on it
    Have you tryed to aquire one and try to recover ?
     
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    My PC doesn't actually have any FDD installed so petar's suggestion to aquire a FDD larger than 1.44MB prompted me to install a 1.44MB FDD just to see what happens. I tried both a USB FDD and a FDD connected to the onboard FDD connector. In both instances no lights come on the FDD's at any time. That can't be good.
     
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  5. Yen

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    #6 Yen, Jun 25, 2008
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    IMO the first mod you've done should have been worked. You can even flash it without the additional switches. The manual /SLP method doesn't work at ASUS AMI bioses, since you'll loose the integrity of the bios. You have to restore it after.................
    EZFLASH is not able to flash any mod!!!

    To try again use first method AMI_SLIC3, flash with Afudos, no switches.
    The problem must be the OEM version of your XP.......to check it you may upload the oembios.ca_ file from your XP CD!

    Recovery: Format usb pen drive with FAT. Copy your original biosfile onto the usb pen drive. Switch off PSU, unplug power cord, plug in USB pen, plug in power cord, switch on PSU, switch on PC.

    Try different USB ports, try different USB drives (older ones with smaller capacity), alternatively try to rename your bios to AMIBOOT.ROM (upper-case letters). Also try to format it with FAT32
     
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    petar,

    Yes, I understood your suggestion and had googled floppy's larger than 1.44MB however until the shops open tomorrow morning I am just trying with whatever hardware I have at hand. In this regard I am becoming less optimistic because the machine is not responding to anything. So far I have tried standard FDD, USB FDD, IDE CD-ROM, USB Flash Disk, USB ZIP Disk and IDE ZIP Disk. For each device except FDD's (as file will not fit) I have tried with all 3 suggested file names for the BIOS file (i.e. AMIBOOT.ROM, P5EDeluxe.ROM and P5edlx.rom). I have also tried holding the CTRL+Home keys which I have also seen being recommended. The CD and ZIP Disk drives both show a light briefly upon booting but after that nothing more. The FDD and USB Flash Drives show no lights at any time. I'm starting to think that the mobo is dead. I understand that flashing a modded BIOS was risky, but it was working after the flash until I cleared the CMOS and would really like to understand why this killed it ?

    thanks & regards
    Rob
     
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    Yen,

    Many thanks for your reply. I am trying your recovery suggestions now. I think the USB flash drive I was using was formatted with FAT32. For BIOS recovery purposes I am using the original unmodded BIOS file however if/when I recover the BIOS I will go back to the method of the first mod as you suggest.

    thanks again,
    Rob
     
  8. Yen

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    Yes, to recover use the original bios. Your case is really strange. Important is to unplug the power a few seconds, because the mobo needs to discharge before each new attempt to recover.

    Some USB pen drives are not readable by the bios anyway. "Asus crash free bios" this labeling is an absolute scream!

    But I have to agree. The chances are usually not that good.
     
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    Well no luck unfortunately.

    I have tried 32MB and 1GB flash drives, fat and fat32, different usb ports and all combinations of bios file names. Each time powering off and unplugging as suggested. At no time did the flash drive activity light come on. I'm fairly sure the mobo is dead.

    When buying this board it was a choice between the ASUS with the AMI bios and the Gigabyte with the award bios. I chose the ASUS because I thought the bios was easier to mod however I'm now thinking the Gigabyte would have been better because it has dual bios chips. Is the award bios hard to mod ??

    I have to go to sleep now or I won't be able to go to work tomorrow. If I can think of anything else to try I will do it tomorrow night.......otherwise it is RMA time unfortunately.

    Many thanks to petar and Yen for trying to help

    Rob
     
  10. Yen

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    For SLP2.0 only, both bioses are easy to modify. AMI: AMI_SLIC3, Gigabyte Award: Add ISA module by tommiy.

    For additional SLP1.0: AMI easy as well (AMI_SLIC3), Gigabyte: Manual mod of systembios, no problem for us modders;).

    Choose the board what's best for you.
     
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