Well most of my weekend was taken up with the Xbox party and going out etc., so I didn't get back on my new machine until Sunday night. Immediately my efforts were thwarted. The machine will not post far enough to see anything on the video card. The MB sits with a 9.0. on the LED display. After about an hour of basic troubleshooting Ė removing everything connected to the motherboard, trying a different video card. Reseating the processor, ram etc., I give up and hit the web. It look like Iím not the only one with this problem. It turns out that the newest 90nm Athlon 64ís are only supported by Abitís latest v1.5 bios. And if Iím seeing 9.0. stuck on the display then I don't have the latest.
This is all due to the fact that I wanted to pay more for the brand new 90nm 3500+ which has only been our a few weeks. The goals was a significant reduction in heat generation. So now I need a new bios for my processor to work, but I need a processor to upgrade the bios. Iím a bit stuck. It would have been nice if Newegg was paid attention to motherboards and CPUs on the same order and made sure the bios was up to date. I sent them a nastygram to this effect.
So what are my options? Actually there are many, but all have pain.
1. RMA the mother board back to Newegg, and ask for one with the correct bios. The downside, I pay to ship the board back, I have to hassle with uninstalling the board, and re-installing the new one. I take a risk that they ship me another Ďoldí board as Iím not sure if you can tell the bios version from the outside of the box.
2. RMA back to Abit. Ė Uh seriously from what I have read, most customers canít even get tech support to admit it is their problem. The easiest would be for them to ship out a new bios, but they wonít do it apparently. Plus to RMA to them would take about 3 weeks turn around time.
3. Find someone locally who will load me a 939 socket, 120nm processor so I can flash my bios.
4. Find a local shop who will flash my board for a nominal fee. Not likely.
5. Order a new bios from a 3rd party bios replacement company. Pros: only have to swap out a chip, donít have to remove the MB. Cons: yet more money spent to fix something that should have worked.
6. Take the shady way: Purchase a CPU or MB locally to get over this hurdle, then return it or the duplicate for refund. Not the best way to play, plus youíll get nailed a 15% restocking fee anyway.
Iím leaning towards 5. I found www.biosman.com, they will send me out a new flash, but for a price. This is yet another example of throwing money at a problem. This will be the fastest route, not the cheapest, but it avoids have to spend more time working on the machine, going to the post office etc. ĖTime I donít have at the moment.