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Finlay 693A motherboard problems

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Posted on Sunday, January 13, 2002 - 8:53 pm:   

I've been having some trouble with my computer in that it randomly restarts itself for no apparent reason, and I've heard that it could be a motherboard bios problem. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has had these probs or has heard of someone with these problems, and could point me in the right direction here.

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 2:23 pm:   

Hello Richard,
What O.S. and what other peripherals are on the board? Modem/vid card etc.
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 8:38 pm:   

Windows XP, but its not a OS prob, as I just upgraded.

no modem (DSL)
have a Hercules Kyro 3d Prophet, but its not that either, as I had a diff one, which experienced the same prob..
and a ethernet card. not sure what type
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 9:44 pm:   

It could very well be a bios problem with Windows XP, or a memory issue, Timings, CAS latency, all may come into play when an error occurs. Set your memory timings to more conservative levels and enable 4 way scan line interleave if you have the option in the bios to do so. This will improve stability as well as reduce the line noise that appears when moving data across the memory bus. Are you using the onboard Creative sound along with any USB devices? If so try disabling Legacy support for the sound card if it is enabled.
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 10:15 pm: Heres the URL for the only bios update available for the board.
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 10:57 am:   

I can't seem to boot up using the disk in order to install the new bios. any help?
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 12:07 pm:   

Your motherboard uses an AMI Bios and assuming you know the basic method to flash the bios here goes..
Using a bootable floppy with no other memory configurators or drivers on it like himem.sys or mouse drivers extract the files to the floppy (the program you download off the sight is actually a self- extractor) or extract to a folder on the harddrive and copy the files to the floppy, reboot from the floppy (should be in a pure DOS environment) and flash the BIOS using the utility.
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 12:15 pm:   

There is a README.TXT file you can read after the files are extracted that explains SEANIX method of flashing as well.
Here is a copy of it:
1 You will need a bootable floppy disk. If you have one skip to step 3 otherwise put a blank floppy disk into the a: drive.
2 Click on START -> PROGRAMS -> MS-DOS PROMPT -> at the C:\WINDOWS prompt type SYS A:
3 Copy af786.exe and S6VM7ap.f3b to your A: floppy disk.
4 Restart the computer with the floppy disk in.
5 At the A:\> prompt type af786.exe S6VM7ap.f3b
6 After it is done, take out the floppy disk and reboot.
7 While the system is booting up hit delete.
8 Arrow down to autoconfig with optimal settings and press enter.
9 Load high performance settings (y) for yes and press enter.
10 Press F10 to save settings and exit.

When the system boots up now, under the American Megatrends logo it should read F3B
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 12:21 pm:   

yeah, i read the readme, and when I try to re-boot using the disk with the extracted files, there's a message that flashes by so fast that i can't read it, then it goes inot the normal Windows XP startup.
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 12:45 pm:   

In the bios check that your first drive to boot from is the floppy if it is, and the floppy isn't booting, you may have to find someone with a WIN98 machine and format/make bootable with it. Windows ME 2K and now XP have little or no DOS support so making a usable bootable floppy can be a chore.

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