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Recover from failed BIOS flashing

By bradbiz ·
COMPAQ Presario 1220 notebook.
Attempted to re-flash the BIOS, it failed when 75% complete. Any suggestions how to fix it?

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by jrodri1636 In reply to Recover from failed BIOS ...

Install a replacement BIOS chip (if the BIOS is located in a socketed chip). Use the BIOS recovery feature (available on many systems with surface-mounted or soldered-in-place BIOS chips on the motherboard). Then reflash the bios.

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by bradbiz In reply to

Yes, I understand that replacing the BIOS chip will work. I just don't know where to find a replacement. Most big BIOS suppliers do not source for portable computers. (I've tried) BIOS recovery procedure sounds promising. Does anyone know if one exists for this system?

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by dmiles In reply to Recover from failed BIOS ...

See the following site for help with bad flash
http://www.wimsbios.com/

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by sakis13 In reply to Recover from failed BIOS ...

You can buy a pci bios programer,these are simple pcb's that you can plug the bios chip and program it through your parallel port usually. they cost i think around $40.

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by csmith In reply to Recover from failed BIOS ...

What did COMPAQ say?
They used to be pretty good before they were taken over by HP.
This laptop is definitely out of warranty.
I also assume you are unable to boot, and need a new BIOS.
We have seen so many flash BIOS failures in all brands, I am beginning to wonder if this feature should be eliminated or fixed.
Regards, Chris

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