flashing asus A7N8X

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ivantk6
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Fri Aug 13, 2004 4:19 am

I wold like to udate my bios but i don't know witch bios to download what does PCB stand for ? how do i tell what version i have ?




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Fri Aug 13, 2004 9:00 am

ASUS describes the location of the PCB (motherboard) revision as follows:
The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) version is located beside the motherboard name printed on the motherboard.
Be careful to choose the right PCB version and don't get mixed up with the other variants of this motherboard.
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Fri Aug 13, 2004 7:42 pm

Were is it i can't find it on the mobo ??
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Fri Aug 13, 2004 8:54 pm

You should find ASUS A7N8X printed on the motherboard surface, between PCI slots 2 and 3. The PCB version number should be beside it. If not, look for a white sticker somewhere on the board (or possibly on a PCI slot riser) with the PCB Rev. number. It could also be on top of one of the I/O conectors at the back of the board.
If you have the original box that the board came in it may be printed on the bar-code sticker. If this board is in a system made by HP or other system manufacturer let us know.
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Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:15 am

Thanks found it rev 1.04 thanks any thign i shold know about flashing it?
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Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:46 am

One should only flash if there is something wrong that an upgrade would fix or to take advantage of hardware upgrades. Flashing can fail, making the board useless, so flash at your own risk.

Having said that I have flashed various boards several times without failure. So here are some links to the flasher, BIOS upgrade file and flashing instructions. I would suggest that if you follow the instructions they give you shouldn't run into trouble.

A7N8X Specifications: http://www.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=A7N8X

Flash instructions: http://www.asus.com.tw/support/english/ ... flash.aspx

Awdflash utility: http://www.asus.com.tw/support/download ... ip~zaqwedc

BIOS Release 1007 for PCB revision 1.03, 1.04, and 1.06 only: http://www.asus.com.tw/support/download ... p~zaqwedcc

Good luck and let us know how things turn out.

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Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:25 pm

I also wanted to mention the note about Targa PC users:
Attention TARGA PC users, please download a BIOS file from TARGA website!
So, if this is in a Targa PC you need to get the update from Targa.

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Sun Aug 15, 2004 6:30 am

i have widows xp pro how wold i creat a boot disk sorry i know it's a kinda silly question and no it's not i bilt it my self :-D
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Sun Aug 15, 2004 9:25 am

You can create a bootable (system) diskette in XP by:

1. Insert a blank floppy disk in your A: drive
2. Go to My Computer and hi-lite the 3 1/2" drive
3. In My Computer, click on File and select "Format"
4. In the Format pop-up window, select "Creat an MS-DOS startup disk" and click the "Start" button.

This should format the floppy with the system files msdos.sys, io.sys, command.com and 11 other files for a total of 565 KB used on the disk. You will need to go into Tools --> Folder Options and deselect "Hide protected operating system files" under the View tab to be able to see all the files on the floppy.

It would probably be a good idea at this point to go into BIOS setup and set your boot sequence to boot the floppy first and save the setup when exiting. Put the floppy in your drive and restart the computer to make sure that it will boot to the A:\ Prompt in DOS.

Congratulations on building your own system - built several myself - great to see them come to life afterwards.

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Mon Aug 16, 2004 6:15 am

just did it want off with out a hich:) tampa beat your asses! lol ( i'm from there) hehe thanks for all yer help and do you know a good over clocking forum ? thanks




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Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:25 am

Would have been nice to see the Flames win again but it was okay to see Tampa in there for their first cup too. Glad to hear the update went ok! Here are some overclocking sites:

http://www.ocforums.com/

http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/

http://forums.cluboverclocker.com/index.php

http://www.liquidninjas.com/bbs/

:D 8)
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