Revive your bricked motherboard

One day, your computer stop working, here are some symptons:

  • Power on , fans , lights working
  • USB keyboard does not light up
  • You are sure that your memory/cpu/graphics card working fine( move it to a working machine and test)
  • No display
  • you clear the cmos, remove battery
  • there is no sign of any components burnt

If you have the above symptoms, there is a high chance that your bios is failed or corrupted. If your bios is corrupted, you can reflash it using the some special tools, the tool name CH341a , there are many articles on internet showing you how to use it, for the hardware, i ordered from this , there are some cheaper one , but the clamp does not well.

Here are some of my lesson learnt:

  • Buy the good one instead of cheap one
  • When you connect, make sure pin 1 is in the correct position, if you put it in the wrong position, the program will not able to read the chip, there is no harm, you can try again and again
  • You need to try many times as the contact is not always good
  • if you have bad contact you will see this

Calibrating delay loop... OK. No EEPROM/flash device found. Note: flashrom can never write if the flash chip isn't found automatically. ^[[Cflashrom v1.2 on Darwin 20.6.0 (x86_64) flashrom is free software, get the source code at

  • If it’s good, you will see this
flashrom v1.2 on Darwin 20.6.0 (x86_64)
flashrom is free software, get the source code at

Calibrating delay loop... OK.
Found Macronix flash chip "MX25U12835F" (16384 kB, SPI) on ch341a_spi.
Reading flash... done.

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