Originally Posted by denb45
Have you tried just re-flashing the BIOS again, it may FIX the problem, or it may not, and contacting Gateway won't help, they'll just try and sell you a whole new motherboard (if you sent it to them) but, if it's still under warranty, Gateway will just replace the motherboad for FREE, so, why don't you just "LET THEM FIX IT" if you somehow BREAK the jumpers on that mobo, you will have to pay for a new mobo..........just something to consider?
thanks for the input, denb.
unfortunately, I can't re-flash the BIOS because the computer won't even boot to the point where it would recognize any kind of floppy or CD drive to flash from. It tries to immediately go to the BIOS setup, which then displays a buncha garbage ASCII characters on the screen. That's how I know the BIOS itself is corrupt.
Moving the Boot Block jumper (if I can find it) is basically the same thing as re-flashing the BIOS. It re-programs the CMOS with the original BIOS version that the computer shipped with.
In the old days before the Boot Block feature existed, if you trashed your BIOS (usually the result of a flash attempt gone awry), your only recourse was to buy a new BIOS chip.
You're right: it would probably be easier to just have Gateway fix it - but that would make too much sense ;-). Seriously, my client needs this computer back ASAP, so I'm gonna try the Boot Block thing first.