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PB iMedia tower Needs Bios Flash


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#1 mannshands

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 06:21 AM

Hi,

I have inherited a Packard Bell tower iMedia MC 1607, UTOW-SAN, SAN984517. 3.1 Ghz, 2Gb RAM. I can't see it on the PB support site.It has 64bit capacity in the BIOS options(set to on) BUT it came with WinXP 32 bit OS, so I tried to upgrade to Win 7 32bit with a freshly formatted/partitioned hdd. It seemed to install ok from a Rufus created Flash drive and was working fine. When I restarted the next time I get a error, Win couldn;t start. When I choose startup repair, or start normally, either way I get a BSOD msg: not ACPI compliant, need BIOS update.

OK, I can flash a BIOS, but where is it? Not even listed on the PG Support UK site! Or is this something GRUB Repair disc or MBR Repair could fix? Is this box 32 or 64 bit? 

Anybody have some advice?

Thanks

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 08:32 AM

I think you are going to be out of luck but I suggest you start here. Use the Wayback machine to find your packard bell. You may have to select a different year. You will not be able to download the BIOS but you can search for it on google and something may come up. For instance, I selected a Packard Bell Imedia image and got to here. I selected a BIOS update, did a search on google and then got to here where I was able to download the BIOS.

 

Selecting the wrong BIOS will brick the computer, so look carefully and determine what motherboard you have. From what I can see the only BIOS updates are for XP. Good Luck.



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 04:17 PM

Thanks JohnC.

I poked around the wayback machine without luck. Can find no mention of my model, but saw a few similar units had Vista drivers for some devices.  I am considering reinstalling XP and trying to upgrade to Vista, then to Win7. Can;t hurt to try that. Still dont know if this is 32 or 64 bit...

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 04:31 PM

Once you get the OS up, you can determine if it's 64 bit capable using this.



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Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:49 AM

Ummmm, I need to know the bits to choose the right OS.



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Posted 20 November 2014 - 08:57 AM

I am not sure I understand. The utility will tell you if the CPU is 64bit capable. If not, you will need to run a 32bit OS. On that computer, I think you would be better off running 32bit especially if the RAM is under 3GB. Do you know what processor is in the computer?



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 12:12 PM

Prob solved. No BIOS flash needed, Is an Acer mobo, got a ACPI patch for BIOS on Acer site then installed 32 bit OS.

Thanks!



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 12:22 PM

Thanks for the update. How did you determine it was an ACER MB? Was there something on the MB itself?




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