The incorrect version actually installed correctly, and it reported no errors. After installing the new BIOS and rebooting, the pc would just black screen. From what i understand this is typically what happens when flashing the incorrect bios.
After doing some reading (including the FAQ on this site), I came to the conclusion that if the BIOS was incorrect i have a couple of choices.
Either hot swap/flash the bios or put a copy of the correct bios onto a floppy named as amiboot.rom. I realise i could also get someone to send me a new bios or pay to get it flashed correctly, but unfortunately this is for a friend who can't afford to pay for that.
I've tried the floppy disk method, but pressing ctrl + home doesn't even warrant a response from the floppy drive (the floppy drive is functional and correctly plugged in). I saw people mention that often an isa floppy controller would work, but unfortunately the board has no isa slots. I have tried all sorts of combinations with/without pci devices plugged in, with/without video card and nothing i can do will get any sort of response from the floppy drive.
I'm trying to get hold of a motherboard with a suitable AMI BIOS so that i can perform the hot swap/flash, but unfortunately thats not terribly easy (all 6 of my machines have Award BIOS's). Is there a way i can use an Award BIOS m/b to flash an AMI BIOS
Any thoughts on other things i can try?
Here are system specs:
MSI KT266A Pro2
Athlon 1700 XP
256 MB PC2100 RAM (Generic brand, says 'winbond' on the chips)
Currently no video card, but swapping between about 5 different ones both PCI and AGP to no avail.
Sorry for the longwinded post, and thanks in advance.