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Old 11-17-2012, 12:18 AM
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Reflashing BIOS - Motherboard name confusion

I need to reflash my BIOS. I looked up the info on HP's site and saw what appears to be two possible motherboards for my PC model under the BIOS dowload tab:

H-RS880-UATX Motherboard BIOS
N-Alvorix-RS880 Motherboard BIOS

link to HP page

When I examine my motherboard, I find the designation:

H-ALVORIX -R58800 uATX

It contains part of the name of both BIOS dowloads. Are these in fact two different boards or are they the same board and HP just listed them each with different partial names? (One has "Alvorix" and the other has "uatx") I don't want to get this wrong. I hear that if I attempt to install the wrong BIOS, my computer is done for....
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:29 AM
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Fixed link

link to HP page with BIOS dowload.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:03 AM
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might want to try a pass with belarc or a similar utility...see what it comes up with

http://belarc.com/free_download.html
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:46 AM
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uatx is the size and form of the motherboard. both motherboards may likely be that size.

what you read on the motherboard the 5 may be a S. the extra 0 may be a version number on that model.

run that utility as suggested.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:58 PM
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I've run belarc and three other similiar programs. They detect and detail everything BUT the motherboard. Depending on the program, its either left blank or says "unknown".
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:16 PM
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Don't worry about the slight difference in models. Get the most recent version (6.11) which covers both the older model motherboard ("Alvorix" in the name) and the newer one (sans "Alvorix"). Most motherboard manufacturers make single BIOSes that cover small changes in motherboards (for instance, a different sound chip in a later production version motherboard). The BIOS firmware itself will recognize either version of motherboard and call the proper BIOS initialization routines.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:00 PM
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uatx is the size and form of the motherboard. both motherboards may likely be that size.

what you read on the motherboard the 5 may be a S. the extra 0 may be a version number on that model.
I double checked, and I miswrote the number from the board there is no extra 0, and the 5 seems to be an S.

So the motherboard reads:

H-ALVORIX -RS880 -uATX

The options for download are:

H-RS880-UATX Motherboard BIOS
N-Alvorix-RS880 Motherboard BIOS


Now if "uATX" is just the size of the board, I think I can disregard that discrepeny. And if Alvorix is the manufacturer, then its just missing from the first download.But one starts with "H" and the other starts with "N".

I'm hoping they're the same board. but if they are not, I don't want to trust that the firmware will recognize different versions. I'm told downloading the improper BIOS is fatal to the board.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:20 PM
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Out of curiosity, why do you feel you need to reflash?
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:02 PM
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I think the BIOS was damaged. My PC froze, and I was forced to do a hard reboot. It hung/froze during the booting process too (before loading OS). I was forced to hard reboot again, during the booting process. Then its showed an error: "not enough space in runtime area. BIOS settings will not be available", or something similiar. I can no longer even access the BIOS menu, and the PC has a "restart loop" when turned on, restarting several times in 30 seconds before finally showing the runtime error and loading OS. I reset the BIOS by pulling the battery, and even put in a new one, but the problem persists. And now its causing Windows to fail validation. So I think I'm out of options.

I didn't install any software or hardware prior to this issue. I don't know what caused the initial freeze up of the OS, but I suspect the BIOS was damaged on the second hard reboot when I powered down in the middle of it loading the BIOS stuff.

link to my thread about the initial problem
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:37 AM
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Ahh, that's a typical bad memory stick(s) symptom. If you have more than one memory stick installed, pull out one of the sticks. If the symptoms are still occurring, put it back in and pull out the next stick (and so on). When the symptoms disappear, you've found the bad memory stick.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:59 PM
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Shai, keep us posted. I'm curious to find out what the problem is.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:40 PM
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The H variety seems to be the Foxconn A74MX-S

I found that by searching on 'Motherboard 620887 chipset' which I found from this link

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