Hi all, just wondering if anyone can help with this before I go and buy a new mobo etc.
I had an old computer I made quite a while ago with an ASUS M2N MX SE PLUS motherboard. I have recently bought a new laptop so no longer need the computer so gave it to my brother, I had upgraded the RAM to 2 x 4GB sticks which I am sure the computer read as 8GB but when I was at my brothers yesterday it was only showing as 4GB so did a bit of research and some mixed views. some say 4GB is the max for this MOBO. Others say that you can get higher, it has vista 64 bit basic OS. Anyway I read that updating the BIOS to the latest would allow more RAM to be recognised so I downloaded the asus update utility, downloaded the newest BIOS file from asus and loaded it on, but at the end of the process it says not verified.....Couldn't figure out why and when I restarted the computer it now it wont load and just comes up with bad BIOS checksum. loading from floppy.....failed...loading from CD ...failed.... and then repeated.
I don't know much about BIOS stuff so had a google online and it seems using the update utility from asus is a bad idea lol...anyway too late for that. I no longer have the original CD so cant use the asus crash free bios stuff. I have read about making a USB bootdrive...formatted the USB stick to FAT32 and put the bios file onto it, after renaming it to M2PLUSSE.ROM as the instructions online say. but when I put the USB stick in and start the comp I still just get the floppy and CD check and then fail messages.
All this has been pieced together from info I have found online but I haven't found an actual step by step guide to using the USB stick to do this.
Wondering if anyone else knows how I can do this or is the mobo goosed?
I have tried other basic things like taking out the CMOS battery and resetting the BIOS jumpers.
Thank you for any help.