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Offline spilihpsTopic starter

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BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:17:10 pm »
So, after some recent diving in my old computer part boxes, i found this board.
For some reason, it has the BIOS - flash chip pulled. I have no idea if i have done it, if it was handed to me like that or what.
Does anyone have any information of compatible flash chips, and can the files that are still downloadable from MSI site be used?

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/MS6163_Pro.html
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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2020, 08:37:14 pm »
If you can get the correct flash memory and a way to program it look in the downloadable .exe file and you will find a w6163imj.3a0 file which looks like an image for the flash. I attached it here for you but I had to rename it because you can't upload .3a0 files, so now it has a .hex extension. A proper extension would be .bin so rename it to read it into a programmer.
Keyboard error: Press F1 to continue.
 

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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2020, 08:51:19 pm »
Thank you very much for that info.

Do you have any idea what memory was used? Or one that can be used :)
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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2020, 08:55:27 pm »
Thank you very much for that info.

Do you have any idea what memory was used?
Well, apparently some 2 Mbit (256KB) SPI parallel FLASH.
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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2020, 08:56:35 pm »
I couldn't find a good size picture and one readable ones have that "Award" logo over it.

See picture.
I typed in SST MPF and this number seems to match a bit on the blurry writing.
SST MPF SST39SF010A which is also showing on an old Xeltek programmer.
 

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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2020, 09:01:04 pm »
Thanks!

Yeah same here.. I think your picture may be from "ver2"

Mine is ver1

I found a picture that is almost readable.. it may say winbond 29c256

Edit : that was also ver 2 after some zooming.. wonder if that is any problem?
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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2020, 09:03:47 pm »
I found a picture that is almost readable.. it may say winbond 29c256?
No chance. It may end with 020 but certainly not with 256.
EDIT: like SST39SF020 or similar from winbond.
IMHO on the picture is SST39SF020-70-4C-PH
EDIT2: If that's correct, you could use this as replacement https://eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Microchip-Technology/SST39SF020A-70-4C-PHE?qs=RKLR0Pe6v1lBETiSouLjAQ%3D%3D. And it's still in production so you don't need to buy dodgy salvaged/remarked crap from china.
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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2020, 09:14:13 pm »
Oh I see..

It was this picture, one of the few without the sticker

http://www.hardware-one.com/reviews/msi6163pro/images/6163pro_soft.jpg

Guess 020 would be possible  :-//
 

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Re: BIOS for MSI MS-6163 Motherboard
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2020, 02:49:08 pm »
I found a picture that is almost readable.. it may say winbond 29c256?
No chance. It may end with 020 but certainly not with 256.
EDIT: like SST39SF020 or similar from winbond.
IMHO on the picture is SST39SF020-70-4C-PH
EDIT2: If that's correct, you could use this as replacement https://eu.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Microchip-Technology/SST39SF020A-70-4C-PHE?qs=RKLR0Pe6v1lBETiSouLjAQ%3D%3D. And it's still in production so you don't need to buy dodgy salvaged/remarked crap from china.

Sorry, did not see your edits yesterday.

Thats good news. I guess i will just try and order a couple of those. Finally a component that is not a dodgy pull from China that need 1 month delivery time :=\
 


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