The problem: Unsuccessful BIOS flash on an ASUS M5A97 After a mostly successful flashing career, I bricked my desktop. There are only a few solutions to a problem like that, blind flashing, order a new chip, new motherboard, or get a programmer. Thankfully my motherboard BIOS has a socket and ASUS actually has replacements, so I put one on order. Still though, I couldn't help but think if I had a programmer I would have been back up and running in an hour, rather than days. Most of the advice on programmers I found were about building them at home, which I don't have the skill for. This is just a quick note on the True-USB PRO GQ-4X Willem Programmer, something I would have like to have read prior to buying one. I thought of posting some un boxing photos, but what you see from the commercial links is pretty much what you get. I purchased this one here: http://www.mcumall.com/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4312 from a site which claims to be the developer of the programming software. This unit gets power and programs through a single USB cable, and does not have any jumper switches. This package comes with a few adapters, though none of them were needed for my 8 pin bios chip. The software CD that came with the unit was out of date, but current versions were available for download from the MCUMALL page. I installed the software on my laptop, Win7 x64, updated the driver from device manager, and was good to go. I selected my BIOS chip in the software via serial numbers, and it showed me proper chip orientation on the programer. The software itself seemed well designed, and I was able to navigate without much trouble. I read my chip out of curiosity, and sure enough my BIOS was mostly empty code. I erased the chip, verified it was empty, loaded my BIOS rom, and wrote to the chip. I wasn't timing, but read and writing operations took around 5 minutes or so each. When it finished I popped my chip back into my PC, and it powered on just fine. My ASUS replacement showed up 6 hours later The software has quite a few different settings. To be honest I haven't really run the programer through too many paces as I fixed my problem and don't have an older board to test with. Along side my programer I also purchased this: http://www.mcumall.com/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4409 Basically a set of clamps for DIP8 and SOIC8 chips that supposedly allows for in circuit programming. I haven't had a change to test it as I don't have a suitable machine, but the ability to program a chip that cannot be removed might come in handy...if it actually works anyway. All in all I dropped about $200 USD. Expensive for what you get, especially for something that you could probably build if you had the know how. You could buy a pretty nice motherboard for that much. There were other options that cost less, but I wanted to cover my bases. I'm happy with my purchase. I wish I would have bought this a while ago, I might have been able to revive a few laptops that I parted out. Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience if anyone was thinking of getting one.