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By jodie.collins ·
I have a motherboard with the error 'unknown flash type' at start up. Has this board been flashed with the wrong bios flash? What could the consequences to the motherboard be if I continue to run it with this bios? The computer seems to run OK.

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by TheChas In reply to Unknown Flash Type Error

If you are not trying to flash the BIOS, and get a unknown flash error, the first thing I would do would be to check for a flash enable switch in the BIOS settings, and disable it.

Then, I would try resetting the CMOS memory, and check the CMOS battery.

Make sure that you copy down the BIOS settings before re-setting the CMOS, or removing the battery.

If you know the make and model of the motherboard, you can check if the BIOS string and revision match.

If you have any concerns thatthe BIOS is not correct, I recommend that you download and install the latest BIOS from the motherboard mfg.

Unfortunately, if you do not know who made the MB, and the BIOS is not an OEM BIOS, the MB ID tools will not work.

If the PC functionsnormally, it should continue to do so.
If there is any problems with the BIOS, it will not damage the motherboard.
At worst, some day the PC will not boot.

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by TheChas In reply to Unknown Flash Type Error

Here is a link to a BIOS ID program.

http://www.unicore.com/biosagent/index.cfm

It may help ease any concerns that the BIOS is wrong.

Usually, if the BIOS is wrong, the motherboard is dead.

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by johnny51 In reply to Unknown Flash Type Error

Hello - I once had an FIC motherboard that would give the same message until I reset the cmos with the jumper and disabled the "bios guardian" that prevents chernobyl type virii from wreaking havoc...

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by kindredsage In reply to Unknown Flash Type Error

Ok.

You're getting the message because your bios is probably not a 'standard' bios - my Iwill 333-R pops up the same message when I use a custom BIOS (where features were re-enabled, custom EPA pix etc) - and it does not when I use a 'stock' bios.

So the question is - do you mind it?

Regardless you should familiarize yourself with a site to get the most current bios for your mobo - this will ensure you get all the latest and greatest updates as the manu. fixes bugs and makes improvements - I would not advise you to miss this opportunity - and ignore all the anti-flashing hype that's out there - follow the instructions and the odds of anything going wrong are negligible.

One site I use for good custom bios's is www.biosmods.com
I'm sure there are other's but I primarily run Abit and lately Iwill stuff - though I prefer Abit - tighter designs from what I've seen - Iwill's sloppy IMHO - their stuff seems cliche and rushed.

If you want the message to go away - go to yourmobo manu's site and get the latest appropriate bios and reflash it per the instructions.

As far as consequences - are you observing any?

Probably not - you're not going to damage anything by running whatever is running on it now - but I wouldrecommend familiarizing yourself with the latest bios revisions and then installing the latest and reading up on what fixes / features were added.

I'd also read up on BIOS setting in general so you know what settings do what and what to set addedfeatures at etc.

Hope this helps.

MJ

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by jodie.collins In reply to Unknown Flash Type Error

Thanks for all your help. I have tried out all of your suggestions and have not had any luck with identifying the problem. I did track down the manufacturer and downloaded the updated bios flash. I could neither backup the old bios or install the flash. As the motherboard seems to be running alright at this time, I think I'll let it be.

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