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    Athlon 650, MSI mobo, 578 MB RAM, 3D Prophet 32 MB VC, 7 & 20 G HD, Win98SE... Alien: Athlon 64 3400+, Asus K8V, 1 gig Corsair XMS, Nvidia 5700 Ultra, XP Pro New Alien: AMD Phenom IIx4 970 3.51 GHz, 16 gig Corsair XMS, AMD 2+0 Stripe/Raid0 SCSI Seagate 500 gig HDs, Win 7 Pro 64
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  1. I had a nice working computer for 2 years and then *poof*, the BIOS was gone so I need to install one. The mobo is not populated so I just want to fllash it with the latest BIOS in case I need to use it. I read the instructions on doing the ASUS BIOS update and it says that I also need the Bupdater Utility V1.30 for flash BIOS under DOS If I understand the process, that Bupdater file has to be on the flash drive also. Using DOS because there are no HDs attached to the board so no OS. Something just occured to me. If the origional BIOS is gone the board might not be able to do an update. I had gotten sone help from the friendly Pit folks back in March (I think it was March) when this saga began. I think I ended up buying 2 boards and 2 CPUs and a new power supply. In fact you provided a couple of ideas for us to try. Topic heading was 'Dead computer. Where to start.' The last line you wrote: is where I am right now. Appreciate your help clarifying what the proper steps are. ASUS's site just added to my confusion. Thanks!
  2. M5A99 FX PRO 2.0. The file I downloaded shows up as a .CAP file. The support guy I talked to said I would have to rename it a .CAP file. When I click it I get a 'what program do you wamt to use to open this file' prompt. I'm a self-taught computer user and my teacher left a couple of big holes in my knowledge base. You are correct- the tech also said the flash drive had to be formatted as FAT. I thought he said there would be a BIOS update file that needed to be installed too.
  3. LOL We painted most of the signs for Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte 'back in the day'. Of course that was before I realized I probably didn't want to be the age I am now, climbing in and out of man lifts to letter on the back of shovels in the pit. I moved here in '77 so you beat me by a couple of years. It was still pretty crazy when I got here.
  4. I thought I coud use win zip but a little reading makes me think I was wrong. ASUS says to extract the file, rename it and save it to a flash drive. I thought I understood the necessary steps but I seem to be missing something. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  5. C_B, tonite I was looking for an answer about SS and read the thread about I_G's passing and then happened upon this one. Reads like you've had quite an adventure over the last couple of years! If you are spending time outside with a weedeater and mower you must be doing pretty good. Very glad to know it. God bless you!
  6. So sorry for our loss. He will be missed.
  7. My computer has seemed kinda 'twitchy' lately- loading online pages slowly is the biggest symptom. I have a slow DSL connection that my ISP seems unable (or unwilling) to improve but I try not to have any spies or whatever adding to the slowness. I use to run AdAware but a couple of years ago bought PC Matic. I had trouble with Super Shield in the beginning but with some help from the Pit and support, thought I had it straightened out. I checked my hidden icons this evening and the Super Shield icon is red. When I looked the 'Protection Level' shows a check before 'Super Shield Protection'. I'm running the latest version- 3.0.0.1. Any ideas? Thanx for your help (once again).
  8. I have been busy reading various and sundry topics this afternoon and my Super Shield icon is red w/a yellow bolt and the Protection Level says "Super Shield Protection" but running the mouse over said icon says "PC Matic Super Shield- Def Download Failed". I took a hasty look around in the Super Sheild area of the program but didn't see any place to attempt to do a new download. I would feel better if I had an unfailed download... Do I need to update my Active X?
  9. It has 4 8-gig sticks of Corsair Vengence. We did test them last nite and all seems well. The Asus mobo has 4 lites that are supposed to light up if there is a problem with either the CPU, RAM, video card(s) or HDs. While I'm not a big fan of idiot lights, the only one lit up is the one that indicates a problem with the CPU. Actually, as far as we can tell the mobo is still okay- it is the CPU that is history. It should be returnable- if I get my act together soon. I am really grateful for the help I've gotten. Appreciate it very much. If anyone thinks of any other potential cause, please give me a shout. Blessings on you!
  10. Bought the first mobo on 5Mar. The Corsair PS on 19Mar. 25Mar asked for and received a return/replacement on the mobo and bought the new CPU. I don't want to be unfair to Asus and ask for another replacement on the mobo if it is something we are doing (or not doing) to cause this. The machine had been stable for at least three years before this cluster mess began. I wonder if they are having some kind of problems in assembly since it is the second board to die in less than a month. I don't know if my machine can take the same RAM to be able to test it. Kinda limited on vehicles to use at this point. I do appreciate the suggestions and will let you know what happens. Thanks so much for your responses. You simply are the best!
  11. Update: Got the new CPU and after installing it went into Safe Mode and everything seemed fine. The computer had picked up the drive array just fine and everything in the device manager checked out. Monitored the temperature and it was fine. The computer ran super this time... for 3 hours. Then the CPU died again. The mobo has the same CPU lite on again so it isn't getting past the POST. Is there any virus going around that could do this or did we just get a bad CPU? As always any ideas will be appreciated.
  12. It is amazing how even something small can mess up the works. We bought our first Windows-based computer (we had a C-64 and then an Amiga before it) from Tiger Direct. It began having issues and they replaced the HD, then the mobo. Turned out to be a defective CD drive. Every program we installed prior to getting it replaced had errors. Thanks again for your help. I used the wrong bookmark for this site today- I clicked on my bookmark for the Pit instead and Chrome came up with a screen saying did I want to go to this unsafe website! That they would try to get my credit card numbers... You might want to pass that along to whoever is taking care of the PCPitstop site. You didn't need to wear a scarve this winter. LOL
  13. Terry1966- Altho that's a happy thought (about the parts working on the old motherboard) and we tried it. The only thing that happened was the cpu light came on. I think the psu had been failing for a long time and damaged the old motherboard. When we replaced it, the perky new mobo sucked the life out of the psu and it failing killed the cpu. (LOL That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.) I was going to order a replacement psu but I starting reading the comments from folks who had that brand and it sounds as tho they are not very reliable. CB- Thanks for the link. After I'd posted my question I decided to bite the bullet and just order another cpu. Since the cpu lite came on on both mobos, figured it had to be dead. Of course the real concern is the video cards. If they are dead you might hear the cries all the way to Kansas. Thank you for taking the time to reply. I appreciate your responses. This board has been my number 1 resource for quite a few years and I'm so glad to have a way to tap into the wealth of knowledge you possess! Thanks again.
  14. We have a computer that has AMD KM3 8350 8-core cpu Asus M5A99FX Pro w/ 4 8-gig blocks of Corsair Vengenance 2 Radeon R9 290x 4-gig video cards 4 Seagate 1-TB HDs in a raid array Windows 7 64 pro It had a Enermax 1350 pos PS It now has a Corsair HX1000i PS About 2 weeks ago it crashed. It had been unstable and we thought the bios had been corrupted. Bought another MB and got everything switched over. Turned it on and it ran fine for a week. He was playing Fallout 4 and *boom* it dropped like a rock. Checked and the PS wasn't working. Did some reasearch and bought a new PS. But after installing the new PS there is nothing that comes on but the cpu lite on the MB but no other ones. And the fans on the case and PS spin up. Is there any way of testing a cpu? Any ideas? We have decided that the PS must have been failing for a while and finally gave up the ghost. I'm afraid it took out the cpu and the video cards. Thanx in advance. Appreciate any ideas/suggestions you have.
  15. It seems to run just fine in Safe Mode. It was the only way to get online. When I posted my request I also spent some time reading about other folks' issues. I downloaded the Junk Removal Tool and AdwCleaner and have run them both. Both found several files. and reg entries that I had them delete. I will check out the info about msconfig. I had forgotten about it. I have another question. I have a 2+0 Stripe/Raid 0 array and the last time I went to the Pit it said I needed to defrag my HD. I have had this system up and running for 5 or 6 years and I don't think it has ever been defragged. How do I do that? Appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions! Thanking you very much.
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