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This will look very similar to this question: Is it possible to recover a computer from a failed BIOS update?

Someone posted an answer just as I suspected -- that it was indeed possible to connect directly to the BIOS and flash it from another computer.

I currently have a Compaq Presario SR1834NX with an ASUS A8AE-LE motherboard. It was handed to me by my brother's in-law. After all my messing around, I determined a corrupted BIOS. Running on its bare essentials (Memory, CPU, Integrated Video) it still hangs at the Compaq splash screen. It just seems to freeze and the keyboard does nothing. I tested the RAM and used a known good PSU. All that remains is the motherboard.

I looked at this motherboard for a similar sight. This is what I found (where it says COM1). Perhaps this is the connection I need to flash the BIOS?

http://i50.tinypic.com/1zg43cy.jpg

I assume I use a similar cable as the previous superuser answer. I just need guidance on how to wire/which wires are the correct ones.

Oh and before, I already tried recovery methods (putting the ROM on a floppy did not work, and hot flashing is not an option). Simply put, this is pretty much my last option. It's not a huge deal I save this computer. Now it's more of a personal challenge to fix it. That's my primary driving force.

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It could be bad hardware and not a corrupt bios, faulty hardware can cause the bios post to hang sometimes, rare but does happen. Try removing the power cord and then remove cmos battery for 15 minutes, reinsert a new cmos battery and power up, if it posts correctly, immediately enter the bios and set date and time. –  Moab Oct 11 '12 at 14:48

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COM1 is the first serial port, and does not help here. You would need to connect directly to the pins on the flash memory IC package, and possibly electrically isolate it from the rest of the motherboard in order to prevent the motherboard from being damaged.

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I guess now I need to locate the IC package. Any ideas where to start? What to look for? –  Tyler Montney Oct 11 '12 at 6:11

If you are lucky the BIOS flash chip is inside a socket on your mainboard so that you can remove it using a special tool. It may look like this one:

Picture by  Uwe Hermann - CC BY-SA 2.0

If you have the BIOS file you can flash it with an external Flash programmer - some electronic shops do offer flashing as a service.

Alternatively you can buy a new one (identical) with the flash BIOS pre-installed. There are a lot of Internet services where you can upload the BIOS file and some days later you get the programmed flash chip by mail.

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