How-to identify your motherboard ?
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Here's the info on my motherboard:

BIOS Date: 05/12/98
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
BIOS ID: 05/12/98-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEF09C-00
OEM Sign-On: Version 1.13JE11
Chipset: VIA 82C597 rev 3
Superio: Winbond 877TF (use 87h) rev 0 found at port 3F0h
OS: Microsoft Windows ME Version: 4.90.3000

CPU Type: AMD-K6
CPU Speed: 350 Mhz
CPU Max: 266 Mhz

BIOS ROM In Socket: Yes
BIOS ROM Size: 128K

Memory Installed: 256 MB
Memory Maximum: 768 MB
Memory Slot 01: 128 MB
Memory Slot 02: 128 MB
Memory Slot 03: 0 MB
Memory Slot 04: 0 MB
Memory Slot 05: 0 MB
Memory Slot 06: 0 MB

Is there a free bios update image out there on the Net? It seems that award has farmed their support out (at a COST) to some 3rd party service. What if you just want to dl the thing and flash it yourself for free?

Is this wish a vain one - or can it still be done?

Windows XP gives me an exception when I try to install it on this PC - I was thinking maybe a BIOS upgrade would be a step in the right direction.

The Hardware Archivist
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exception errors are usually a sign of a bad stick of memory. Check the top surface for the actual model number, several FIC boards use this string. PA-xxxx or VA-xxx

Do not assume anything

System error, strike any user to continue...
The UniFlasher
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It's FIC board, most probably VA-503+. Check what's printed on it.
Patched and tested BIOSes are at http://wims.rainbow-software.org
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I downloaded the one for the 1.1* motherboard (which was printed on mine - rather than the 1.2) and it allowed me to get past that point in WinXP install...I think I'm ok now. Must be a 503+


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1.13JE11 identifies the Board as VA503+ Rev 1.2
http://www.fic.com.tw/support/motherboa ... odel_id=19

Latest Bios is this one :
ftp://ftp.fic.com.tw/motherboard/bios/s ... JE4333.ZIP
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