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  • Who else has had problems with Via M10k Bios v1.16?

    I downloaded Via's latest bios for the EPIA M10000 mobo. I went to flash it with Via's windows flash util Flight Deck, and it wouldn't flash. It complained that the bios image didn't match the motherboard. I should have known right then to stop. But I had just downloaded it right from Via. It must be right!

    Anyway, so I made a bootable floppy and used the Award Flash util and flashed my bios. Fortunately for me, I backed up my old bios.

    After I upgraded to the new bios, did a clean install of WinXP Pro. During the install my system spontaneously rebooted once or twice and I had to start over. Then once WinXP was loaded, my system would spontaneously reboot whenever it felt like it. I managed to get the new "required" video driver loaded (required for use with the new Bios), and the rebooting seemed to stop. I then managed to download and install all of the Windows Update critical updates, including service pack 2, which took forever.

    After service pack 2 was loaded, the spontaneous rebooting started again! I even reloaded the drivers, just in case. I loaded all the other "latest greatest" drivers from Via's web site. No luck - still rebooting. It seemed to me that it was an IRQ conflict. My network card and the video display and one USB channel were all sharing IRQ11. I couldn't for the life of me assign everything to alternate IRQ's.

    So I gave up. I wasted a couple days trying things from Via's forum, like setting your bios to the default settings before flashing. Reloading WinXP again and again. I ever tried to go down to version 1.13 of the bios. It messed up the video majorly, so I finally went back to my original 1.0f version of the bios and reinstalled WinXP.

    So I ask: what is everyone else's experience with bios 1.16? Has anyone else had the rebooting problem? Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance:
    Tom
    So far:
    M10000 Nehemiah, 1Gb RAM, Opus 90w PS, Buffalo Tech WLI2-USB2-G54, 160 Gb HDD, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS, iGuidance, Zippy EL-610, Panasonic CW8123B Slim Slot CDRW/DVD, 10" Lilliput, Sony XA-300, Sony CDX-MP30 Head, OBD-II

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    RMA that mofo!

    I flashed my mobo with the 1.16 bios and the bastard had no VGA afterwards. I had to bridge the CMOS reset jumper while the power was on to fix it. Then that night my car battery died while it was in standby.

    I also noticed that it takes a really long time to do windows updates especially service packs.

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    • #3
      It's funny that you mentioned that. Mine takes FOREVER to do Windows Updates. It downloads them much faster than it installs them.
      So far:
      M10000 Nehemiah, 1Gb RAM, Opus 90w PS, Buffalo Tech WLI2-USB2-G54, 160 Gb HDD, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS, iGuidance, Zippy EL-610, Panasonic CW8123B Slim Slot CDRW/DVD, 10" Lilliput, Sony XA-300, Sony CDX-MP30 Head, OBD-II

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