07-25-2014 10:24 AM
Okay, so I guess my original thread got locked...? Anyways, my old thread is HERE, if your looking for the back story on all this.
Short version: I flashed my AAHD3-HB's BIOS from 7.07 to 7.16 and it bricked the board.
AND, it's running 7.16. Which appereantly this board was not supposed to use? -See other thread.
No thanks to HP of course, I had to jump through hoops to flash the BIOS back. I re-flashed the BIOS by using the ROM Recovery header and this guide HERE. If anyone needs any info on how to unbrick there AAHD3-HB, feel free to send me a PM and I'd be glad to help you out.
Thanks for the BIOS bricking update HP!
07-25-2014 02:20 PM
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07-25-2014 09:25 PM - edited 07-25-2014 09:33 PM
No problem, it's the least I could do.
It's actually not too difficult. It's intimidating on paper, but in person it's really just connecting the dots and typing the commands. The only difficult issue I had was connecting the "Rom Recovery header" to the LPT port, since there are no go-to wiring diagrams for this, only SPI or JPNI1 headers.
Here is the pin out for the Rom Recovery Header to the LPT port:
pin 1 to 7 lpt
pin 2 -- Not used
pin 3 -- Not used
pin 4 -- 9 lpt
pin 5 -- 3.3v (MUST USE 5V TO FLASH, SEE BELOW!!)
pin 6 to 10 lpt
pin 7 to 18 lpt
pin 8 to 8 lpt
A lot of guides state to use the orange 3.3v wire on the PSU, but I could not get spipgm2 to recognize the chip without using the red wire (5v wire). I can almost guarantee you will not blow up your BIOS chip with 5v. I spent several days with it hooked up to 5v and nothing ever went up in smoke.
Another MUST HAVE. I tried for two days without using any resistors only to find bits of the hex codes return FF in random locations. So it would write data fine for a few lines, then error out, then return to normal then error out, etc etc.
Once I added the x4 100 Ohm 1/4 watt resistors (Radio Shack $1.49 for a pack of 5) it flashed the first try. Also, you don't need a monster power supply. Any old PSU should get the job done. I was using an old HP 250W that's easily 10-15 years old and it worked without a problem.
Some key points to making this work, and random stuff I noticed flashing the AAHD3-HB FM1 Motherboard:
- x4 100 Ohm 1/4 watt resistors are a MUST HAVE on lines 7, 8, 9 and 10. Your not going to blow anything up without them, but your not going to get a successful flash without them.
- You don't need an SPI cable. I used an old front panel power switch cabled and re-routed the pins to mate with the ROM Recovery Header. Example HERE and HERE. You can also use the single wire ones like this, HERE.
- I connected pin 7 to pin 18, then to the PSU black wire (ground wire). I don't know if this was absolutly needed, but it was hooked up like this when I flashed it successfully.
- I didn't solder anything, just pushed the wires into the LPT port on the motherboard, and twisted the wires together on the resistors.
- When you run command - "spipgm2 /i" mine recognized as Windbound unknown, and the JDEC was EF4015h.
- spipgm2 /i /// Chip info
spipgm2 /u /// U is the unlock command
spipgm2 /e /// E is the erase command
spipgm2 /u /// Unlock again after erasing
spipgm2 /s HIB_716.rom /d=512 /// S for slow flash, rom name, then D is adding a 512ms deley
This is the exact order and commands I used to flash succesfully.
- The actual chip on the motherboard is the following: W25Q16BV ID:0xEF4015 Size: 2048KB (16384Kb)
- If you see FFFFFFh, a wire isn't connected properly or you don't have the wiring correct.
- If you see 00000h, your not using enough voltage. Use the red wire, or 5v line.
Thanks all I can think of now, If I can think of any other tid bits I'll add them later. Good luck and hopefully this will help others bring there bricked boards back to life.