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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:00 am 
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Hi,
I'm not sure ho many experts are still active here but I thought I'd give this a shot!
I decided to ressurect my old EX475 (after blowing off the dust!) that's been sitting idle for a while, and install Ubuntu server for some local file storage. In doing the Ubuntu setup and formatting the drives, I accidentally formatted the internal USB disk, and in doing so, assume I also then wiped the BIOS as it won't now go past the initial BIOS screen, and doesn't even start the IDE drive detection. (I have the KVM VGA/Keyboard adaptor fitted).
Is it beyond repair or is there a way I can re-flash / re-code the BIOS? Obviously it won't boot from USB stick either so I can't use normal BIOS flas tools.
There's a guy local to me selling a refurbed motherboard but at £129 I'd rather not have to go that route!
Any suggestions for recovery would be appreciated.
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Vaughn.

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If it were me.
I would have re installed the original os.
Just to make sure of no hardware issues since it was sitting idle for a while before attempting a Ubuntu install.
Could be a drive is faulty ,corrosion in the cpu or ram or backplane sockets.
I have never dealt with the ex47X series I have the ex490.
But I will say a lot of people have posted strange behavior and it came down to a dead bios battery and the date was out of sync.
If you think about it the server has been around a long time.
Battery replacement is probably long overdue.
Just look at the post date

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Thanks for the suggestions. The battery has been replaced prior to booting up (I realise these boxes have been around for a while!). The drives were working fine, tested and reformatted. I had the Ubuntu server up and running but made some changes to partitions, and mistakenly deleted the USB SSD at which point it failed after reboot. The power supply is a new upgraded. The fans are all running good, and interior all clean of dust and dirt. I bricked the BIOS, end of, I just need to know if I can rebuild it. I have done plenty of BIOS reflashes in my time but never had a scenario like this!

Anyother suggestions would be welcome!

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