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Help finding right bios

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2002 1:36 am
by Joe A.
I have a pcchips m817lmr 1.0 m/b with the ali magic 1647 chipset. This board does not have the ali magic 1645 chipset that the other generic boards like it have (amptron k7-817 etc). I have been to the pcchips web site and the new bios they have listed for the m817lmr (020208s.rom) seems to be the wrong file size. Keep getting error message, and it will not flash. Does anyone know where I might find the right bios update, so that I can use a bigger hd and anthon xp processor.
Thanks Joe

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2002 8:55 am
by edwin
Interesting. On the main page of PcWare:

this board is listed with the 1647, but if you go to the product page it says 1645 again. weird.

What is your complete exact bios ID string that shows up in the lower left corner if you start up the board?

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2002 3:04 am
by Joe A
The bios id string is 62-0709-001437-00101111--071595-a647a535
Any suggestions ?

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2002 6:22 am
by soupy
Run CTBIOS and post results.

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2002 10:01 am
by edwin
The M817LMR at pcchips is listed with the M1647 chipset.

I've looked in the 020208S.rom at pcchips (which is for the M817LMR) with a hex viewer, it has ELITEGROUP in there somewhere.

The only Socket462 board with ALI chipset at ECS has got an M1645 chipset, yet the bios file is called 020208.rom. I don't know what to make of this. Something screwy going on. What else is new...

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2002 5:13 pm
by Joe A
maustreiber microsoft compatible
version 08.02
mouse type ps/2-mouse auf irq12
bus isa/pci
hauptspeicher 640 kb, davon verfugbau : 640 kb
extended memory 65535 kb
bios date 07/09/01
pci-bios gefunden version 02.10
configurations-mech 1
special-cycle-mech 0
pci-bus 2
32-bit-pci-bios rev:0
ami-bios found version 07.09, date 15.07.95
processor p6
bios reference number :00
oem id 1437=hsing tech enterprise co
chipset a647a535
mouse via keybd ctrl no
takt-umschaltung no
cache-umschaltung no
bios modified flag 0
int-13h bios extension :ja, version:1.x, fknt 41..48 unterstutzt

Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2002 2:44 am
by soupy
Hm, that didn't help. Try running bios agent and post results.

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2002 3:36 am
by Joe A
bios id-------unknown
bios date----07/09/01
bios signon--62-0709-001437-00101111-071595-a647a535
super I/O----blank
chipset-------ali m1647 rev 4
OEM signon--blank
Just want to say thanks to the moderators for there time in trying to solve this one.
Joe A

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2002 3:49 pm
by soupy
I found evidence of an ECS K7AMA with the same chipset confusion as you. The board is listed as an Ali 1645 chipset on the page, but on this page, it's listed as a M1647 North Bridge, M1535D+ South Bridge. This would correspond to the last code in the BIOS id string.

Could just be a newer PCB. I'd email bluesmoke and ask if they know the circumstances.

#^$% PcChips. Safest bet is for you to order a new pre-flashed BIOS chip. However, the K7AMA doesn't show BIOS revisions for anything other than v1.X. Get the latest BIOS, and I think a program called AMIBCP will let you look at the bios id string in the new bios.