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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
  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. 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?
  8. 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 cau
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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 car
  12. 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
  13. 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 a
  14. 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 b
  15. Sorry. I couldn't come up with a more creative headline and that's the problem I'm having. It has been almost a month ago that my formerly well-running computer began to lock up. I have been using PCMatic and so I ran it and it found a virus that the support folks at PCMatic explained as a badly downloaded file. Y kawika advised me to clear my browser cache, which I did. For a couple of days things were fine but now it is locking up again. It doesn't matter if it is online or not. I took it to the Pit to be scanned, have run PCMatic scans, took it to Trend's online scanner, ran
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