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Flashed my BIOS and now Windows restarts all the time

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Hi,

First, the original problem:

I bought a new monitor (a Dell IN1910N widescreen) but found that my display was stretched horizontally and I had no display settings which would make any difference.

Steps taken in an attempt to fix:

- Downloaded UniVGA3 driver from SIS (v3.91 would not install for some reason so I installed v3.90). This provided numerous display modes but most only allowed me to scroll the desktop.

- Next I researched the issue on these forums and concluded my BIOS needed to be updated/patched. I therefore downloaded sp26627.zip from this site. Running flash.exe didn't work so I discovered (from another forum) that I could run part of the installer process from the official sp26627.exe provided by HP. I could then replace the 315.rom file found in my temp directory, with the amended 315.rom file provided in the files from this site. The flash process then proceeded without issue.

Problem now being experienced:

- Windows starts fine, but the system reboots completely after a couple of minutes. If I enter safe mode, it does not reboot.

I have tried re-flashing with my backed up rom. I have also tried running the installer process from the officially downloaded sp26627.exe. Neither have made a difference.

I have also tried rolling back to an earlier restore point in windows, before I started any of this. Still no joy.

If anyone can help to guide me on this problem I will be VERY grateful.

System details:

Compaq Presario SR1439UK
Motherboard: PX630AA-ABU (I believe that I found this to be a K8S-LA or "Salmon")
BIOS Type: Phoenix-Award
BIOS ID: 10/19/2005-SIS-760-6A7I7A09-00-None
Chipset: SIS 760 rev 2

Many thanks in advance!


cp BIOS Guru

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Windows starts fine, but the system reboots completely after a couple of minutes. If I enter safe mode, it does not reboot.


sounds very much like a driver or service related problem. completely uninstall the SIS driver and give the vesa driver a go. if the systems keeps rebooting check cpu temperature, all fans and check the memory (memtest86 is what you're looking for).
report back with your findings.
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tchevski New visitors - please read the rules.

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Well, this is all getting very strange!

I have narrowed down the crashes to occur only when I have my USB wireless network stick plugged in, although the problem still does not occur while in safe mode.

I have also been able to analyse my crash logs and find that my parental controls may be at fault. Think it was called Sentry.

Anyway, I'll post again once I have uninstalled this software and see what happens...

tchevski New visitors - please read the rules.

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System is all back to normal again. Un-installed Sentry Parental Controls and it has now stopped crashing.

I'm still none the wiser as to how this all happened, after flashing a BIOS, but hey!

Cheers for the pointers cp

Now back the drawing board to try and get widescreen looking right......

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