Help on a 1998 Award BIOS chip

Glen Slick glen.slick at
Mon Apr 16 12:41:23 CDT 2018

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 10:09 AM, Glen Slick <glen.slick at> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 12:08 AM, CuriousMarc via cctalk
> <cctalk at> wrote:
>> After battling for days with a Dolch 65 that developed the two-tone
>> beep-of-death on boot, I finally found that it's just my BIOS ROM that has
>> gone bad. The BIOS happens to be an Award BIOS, says "Award 1998 PCI/PNP
>> 686" on the chip. It's a square chip with pins on the side.
>> Photo here:
>> So I thought I might just ask. Anyone has a dead Dolch 65 motherboard from
>> which I could steal a BIOS chip. The board is actually an Advantech CI6BM-B1
>> industrial single board computer.
>> Or alternately, can someone identify what kind of ROM or EEPROM that likely
>> is, and provide advice on how to read the data from a good chip (I have
>> another good chip in another Dolch, that's how I found out what my problem
>> was), and program a similar chip.
>> Marc
> I also have a PAC 65. I'll have to open it up and take a look. Wish
> there weren't so many screws involved. Whatever that 32-pin PLCC part
> is I should be able to read its contents with my BP Microsystems
> BP-1610 device programmer. I could program a new one if I had some of
> the same part on hand.

I just checked and my memory was not correct. I have a PAC 63 and a
PAC 64, but I'm not sure what the model is of the one I thought was a
PAC 65. That one doesn't have a model sticker on it. I didn't open it
up to take a look. From the BIOS POST screen it has an i440FX chipset
PII 266MHz CPU board with an AMI BIOS with a copyright of 1996. So
that's not the same as your copyright 1998 Award BIOS PAC 65.

The other ones I have are newer P3 FlexPAC boxes.

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