Flashing My BIOS Failed – How Can I Recover?

After I flashed my BIOS and restarted my computer, I got a beep message, and the screen went blank. Every time my computer starts now, it gives that beep message and isn’t doing anything at all. Is there a remedy?

The BIOS, or Basic Input Output System, is also sometimes called “Flash BIOS,” because even though it’s stored in hardware, it can be replaced or updated via a processes often called “flashing.”

When flashing your BIOS fails… you’re in trouble.

The BIOS is software stored in hardware, or firmware. It’s the software that performs the power-on self test, the very first steps of the boot process, and provides the basic interface to much of the hardware.

Occasionally it needs to be updated. In fact, updating your BIOS is frequently a solution for certain types of hardware compatibility issues.

Unfortunately you need a working BIOS to even get to the point of flashing it. Or do anything else, for that matter.

As a result, when a BIOS flash fails, the only typical remedy is to physically replace the chip on the motherboard in which the BIOS is stored with one containing a working BIOS for that motherboard. That probably means going back to the manufacturer of your computer or its motherboard.

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