Troubleshooting updating bios on a7n8x deluxe datinglondon powered by vbulletin

29 Jan

Stupid me went and flashed the 1009 bios to 1008 and XP will not boot past the XP First screen with the progress bar showing. I have tried a Repair Installation of XP and cleared the bios with no luck. I have changed the First Boot Device to SCSI and HD-0 and no luck. I have 2 A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboards and one had the 1008 bios, the other had the 1009 bios.Elsewhere I recall reading that the whole partition must lie within this 8GB.This is because the older BIOS uses CHS (Cylinder, Head, Sector) addressing to access the bootable partition.The disk is IDe and the mode in the BIOS is "Auto".I've searched the AUSU and Phoenix sites but have not found the required details.Each file type has a slighty different installation procedure to follow.

The ASUS BIOS / Motherboard Driver Update Utility is intelligent software which automatically recognizes your computer’s operating system and ASUS BIOS / Motherboard model and finds the most up-to-date drivers for it. The ASUS BIOS / Motherboard Driver Update Utility downloads and installs your drivers quickly and easily.

So GRUB will have overwritten the MBR before detecting any CHS/LBA problem. I don't have an Xp installation idsk but the OEM supplied a Recovery/Support disk and there is a Recovery partition on the hard drive.

[I explored that a bit from an Ubuntu Live CD boot.] I'll take another look at Wubi too. The Mobo is ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, the BIOS Phoenix Award v6.00PG 03/19 and the hard disk is a Maxtor 120GB (from early 2003, I reckon).

[I explored that a bit from an Ubuntu Live CD boot.] I'll take another look at Wubi too. (check cables, set Bios explicitly for LBA mode instead of Auto, etc.) You can also reinstall windows bootloader with Super Grub Disk.

I took a look at your board specs and I don't think it's a bios limitation issue. You may have missed the last line in my post above. If it turns out that you do in fact need to use a separate /boot at the frn tof the hard disk, you can shrink the windows partition using Gparted (which hopefully won't screw up XP boot) Thank you. When I changed the IDE mode away from "Auto" the cylinder and head values that it displayed changed.