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#36910 by LoneWolf
Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:28 am
Hi,

I have a colleague who had an eMachines T2885 minitower die. Took it in, found that the power supply died and took the mainboard with it, an Intel D845GVSR. eMachines wants $150 for this mainboard, so I went out and got a made-for-Gateway D845GVSR for a third of that. Board works perfectly, but the BIOS ID string doesn't match the eMachines, creating Windows Product Activation hell for the copy of XP Home bundled with the system.

I need to if possible find someone with an eMachines BIOS for this board. eMachines systems that use this board include the following models:

T2742
T2796
T2798
T2824
T2862
T2885
T2890
T2893
T2894
T2896
T2958
T2984
T3624
T3828
T3830
T3958

Alternately, I need to flash this board with at least the latest Intel standard BIOS for it. I have that BIOS, but the board refuses to flash, saying the logical area size does not match the BIOS, and that the update BIOS type does not match the current one. It appears I need a way to force-flash the BIOS. I've tried Uniflash, but Uniflash does not understand Intel's method of fragmenting the BIOS upgrade file into six pieces. For additional information, the firmware chip is an SST 49LF003A. I'm being very careful because like the failed mainboard, this chip is surface-mounted , not socketed.

Any help anyone could provide me would be sincerely appreciated.