I've tried it all: GA-M61SME-S2 BIOS Recovery

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by drewbug, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. drewbug

    drewbug MDL Member

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    Hi there, everyone. I've gotten my self into a bit of a dilemma. In my attempt to flash a modded BIOS onto my friend's GA-M61SME-S2 (rev. 2.x) mobo, I seem to have bricked the thing. I turn it on and the fans spin, the LEDs shine, but there is no display output or hard drive access.

    Strangely, I did not make the mistake of using Windows to flash the BIOS, I used the built-in flashing tool, and it still bricked the machine. I've tried a variety of recovery methods, and none have worked successfully. I've tried recovering from CDs and DVDs, and I even went out and bought a pack of floppies to use, and none of the methods involving those things worked either. It's an Award BIOS, and unfortunately, it seems as though it's not removable, so I can't attempt a hot-flash or send it somewhere to have it flashed.

    Does anybody out there have any recommendations?

    Thanks,
    Drew Carey Buglione
     
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    drewbug MDL Member

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    I've been searching the Internet, and I may have stumbled upon a clue, if anyone's willing to help me. I'd really appreciate it. I used a hex editor to search through the BIOS file from Gigabyte's site, and I found the string
    inside of it. Upon further searching, I found this forum thread at
    (sorry, I can't post links yet :eek:). Although it's for a different motherboard, the two seem to have similar BIOSes. From there, I found a link to a Russian forum
    where someone seems to have figured it out. Unfortunately, much of it is still beyond my level of skill. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd be very grateful.

    -Drew Carey Buglione
     
  3. drewbug

    drewbug MDL Member

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    Upon further searching, I found out that a backup of the BIOS is stored on the hard drive in a special area called the HPA (Hidden Protected Area). It seems as though if I could get someone who has the same (or similar) motherboard as me to send me a copy of their HPA, I might be able to recover the BIOS :biggrin: Perhaps I could use the original CD that came with the motherboard and extract the HPA from there? Or is that too far-fetched? Thanks in advance, to anyone who helps me :)

    -Drew Carey Buglione
     
  4. bp1

    bp1 MDL Member

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    I have this motherboard.
    I carried out a bios mod on this board satisfactorily.
    As far as i am aware there is no bios back up on the hard drive.
    I think the MB uses a single bios chip and incorporates the virtual dual bios technology. Not sure what exactly this is or how it works.
    If the MB still shows signs of life eg fans spin and HDD CDROM lights come on and off then there is still a posibilty to recover from the corrupt bios.
    The MB has a Award bios. Read the tips within the bios recovery threads at
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/2105-BIOS-Recovery-procedures

    If all fails and RMA is a no go then you should be able to buy a new bios chip from ebay cw with the current gigabyte bios very cheaply.

    Sorry i could not help any further
     
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  5. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    new chip and flash from dos with flashspi.exe.

    Qflash and @ bios are not recommended. Winflash is a better idea than either IMO..

    There have been successes shorting pins on bios to force dual bios reset (if it is true dual bios). Virtual dual bios has a backup on the driver disc I believe.

    Out of curiosity what method of mod did you use???
     
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  6. bp1

    bp1 MDL Member

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    #6 bp1, Jan 23, 2011
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    Some more useful info that may help:-
    If you are trying the bios recovery methods use the bios on the CD or from gigabytes website. Please note that the latest bios on gigabytes website is a beta bios. I advise not to use the beta one as i had problems with that one sometime ago. Use the bios prior to the beta which is the working one i used.
    I was very grateful to medic911 and yen who came along to help me at that time. Very grateful to them in helping me.
     
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