Editing a Motherboard from your PC? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a third-party motherboard that I have had absolutely NO use for, and I wanted to program it. I have no idea how to do this, Google was not as helpful as I'd hoped.

    The Motherboard has a USB slot, that can be inserted into the PC, and the Motherboard.(Kind of like an Xbox Controller's USB port)

    I really want to edit this Motherboard, but so far, I have not found anything about it, besides vague or bogus answers.

    Is there a cheap piece of Technology that can do this,(I have a budget) or is there a program that can do this?

    I don't know if this is the correct area to ask this(I couldn't find one that fit my description)

    I am very, very desperate at this point.. Any help is appreciated!

    Micah P.

    • Moved by CoolDadTx Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:54 PM Not a C# question
    Thursday, December 26, 2019 6:37 AM

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  • This forum is for C#-specific questions only. Your question isn't related to C# and honestly I don't know which MSDN forum it would fit into. I would recommend you post in one of the PC hardware forums that are online or perhaps TechNet.

    Michael Taylor http://www.michaeltaylorp3.net

    Thursday, December 26, 2019 2:54 PM
  • Oh what the heck, I'll play along....

    A specialized board like a Raspberry Pi can be powered via a USB connection.  The circuitry on a typical industry standard PC motherboard requires it to be connected to a power supply. When you 'turn it on", the BIOS takes over and initializes the devices. See https://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios.htm

    If you are looking to write your own BIOS, good luck. 

    A better choice would be to write your own OS. See the following...



    Or build your own Linux distro. https://www.maketecheasier.com/6-tools-to-easily-create-your-own-custom-linux-distro/

    Thursday, December 26, 2019 4:27 PM
  • When you said "If you are writing your own BIOS, good luck." what does that mean? I want to edit the Motherboard's BIOS from the USB connection, but it seems it does not show up as a disk-drive or USB-drive in Explorer. Any ideas on this? Otherwise, I liked the links you provided :)

    Micah P.

    Friday, December 27, 2019 10:03 PM
  • When you said "If you are writing your own BIOS, good luck." what does that mean? 

    It means that the BIOS is such a specialized, hardware dependent control program, that unless you have decades of experience writing code at that level, then there is no way you are going to modify the BIOS.  What do you intend to update it to do?  

    Your questions appear to indicate that you have a very limited knowledge of how hardware works. The BIOS will not show up as a disk drive. You cannot modify the BIOS from a USB connection. It just doesn't work that way. There is no such thing as "editing a motherboard". 

    If you have a spare motherboard, then build yourself a PC. Learn the basics. Do a Goggle search on the motherboard model. Learn about the memory modules, cpu's, power supplies, video cards, and disk drives that it supports. Put Linux on it. It won't require a license as would Windows. 


    I have found Newegg to be good source for parts when I build a pc. https://www.newegg.com/Components/Store/ID-1  

    • Proposed as answer by Dave PatrickMVP Saturday, December 28, 2019 1:38 AM
    Saturday, December 28, 2019 12:58 AM