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Homer Gonerson

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#11 13 years ago

ok, in response to the BIOS being out of date, I upgraded my motherboard and CPU at the same time, but I still checked the manufacturer's website, and the only way to upgrade the BIOS, is to be able to run Windows.

In response to powering the motherboard correctly, it can take a 24-pin main cable from the power supply, but you can also use a 22-pin cable, you just align it with the upper 22 holes.

I was thinking though, how is Linux? Is it compatible with winxp games at all? Is there some sort of emulator/converter that makes them compatible? I'm thinking of slapping in an old hdd, and doing a fresh install of whatever Linux OS will be best for me.




Pyroshane

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#12 13 years ago
and the only way to upgrade the BIOS, is to be able to run Windows.

Are you sure about this? It would be pretty irresponsible of any MoBo manufacturer to not have a way to flash the bios outside of an OS. Do they have any instructions on how to create a bootable floppy containing the bios?

Asus has instructions on creating an MS-Dos disk containing the bios upgrade. I had to do that when my bios became corrupted after a series of power outages when I wasn't home, with my computer set to turn back on after a power inturruption.




lk9865

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#13 13 years ago

yes you can flash the bios with upgrade. you need to contact the manufacterur into sending you a upgrade and when you startup from the floppy with command promt, you can then flash the mother board. But as far as booting check the power cable. Get a 24 PIN if the powering is not getting grounding right then the mother board wont work.




Huffardo

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#14 13 years ago

Homer Gonersonok, in response to the BIOS being out of date, I upgraded my motherboard and CPU at the same time, but I still checked the manufacturer's website, and the only way to upgrade the BIOS, is to be able to run Windows.[/quote] I have never succeeded in upgrading a mainboard without reinstalling Windows, no wonder you have problems. :lookaround: (Didn't notice that at first, stupid me...)

Please tell your mainboard model, perhaps we can find out if it has a boot floppy flashing option. Another important thing, have you rechecked the BIOS settings at least ten times? There could be something you need to configure that you forgot about.

Homer GonersonIn response to powering the motherboard correctly, it can take a 24-pin main cable from the power supply, but you can also use a 22-pin cable, you just align it with the upper 22 holes.

Better use a 24 pin, but it should most likely not have any difference in having windows boot up or not. Your PSU being too weak could, but I suppose that's not the case, it would have to be really weak to freeze up loading Windows...

But to be sure, what PSU do you have? [QUOTE=Homer Gonerson]I was thinking though, how is Linux? Is it compatible with winxp games at all? Is there some sort of emulator/converter that makes them compatible? I'm thinking of slapping in an old hdd, and doing a fresh install of whatever Linux OS will be best for me.

It is pretty good with some games I heard, not all, and the emulator costs money, but I suggest you get windows working before you start with it, it can be frustrating to install and even more so if you can't be sure there isn't anything wrong with your hardware. Just download and burn an installation cd to get your windows hdd formatted to FAT32, in case you don't have a better tool for it of course. You will need to reformat it during windows install to get it to NTFS, but at least it should get that far. An old win98 boot disk might do the trick too, but I happen to have linux cds around, so I find them more comfortable. :p Putting it in another computer will work too, if it works that is.

Or did you try to reinstall windows on that other disk too? Then it probably is something with the bios or hardware, the mainboard always could have a hardware problem. Try everything else before sending it in for a check though.

And one thing I still didn't quite understand, did you try your hdd in another computer as a secondary drive/primary slave or not? If not, do it, you might be able to save your data and format it there, or at least know that it is really dead.

BTW, please try to be specific enough, otherwise I'll get too confused and forget half of what I was supposed to write. It would help if you told if you have upgraded you computer before too, so I don't have to write a lot of useless stuff. :)




Homer Gonerson

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#15 13 years ago

my motherboard is an ECS K8T890-A and i just found out, there is a way to flash the BIOS in DOS. i'll try that and update you what happens when i update it




Kozmo

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#16 13 years ago

i haven't been able to upgrade a mobo w/o reinstalling windows either. you didn't say you replaced your mobo in the original post. format and reinstall windows.




Homer Gonerson

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#17 13 years ago

yeah, sorry bout the not talking about the mobo thing.

big problem here though. my computer WILL NOT BOOT FROM ANYTHING. I put in the linux install disc and another hard drive in my computer, and it gets to the "what do you want to do?" screen. I press "enter" for installing, and it stops. I tried flashing the BIOS with MS-DOS, and it won't read the disc i made following the instructions they gave exactly (even using Win98 like they did). This is really aggrivating.




Kozmo

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#18 13 years ago

are you positive you formatted a floppy system disk?




Homer Gonerson

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#19 13 years ago

flopy system disk? i used a normal floppy disk, formatted to boot in MS-DOS




Kozmo

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#20 13 years ago

okay, lets back up. you have the bios set to boot from the 'a' drive and not look at the hard drive or cd, correct?