Velociraptor: From what I've been informed (I have been trying to track down the creator of the chip) it may just be a soldering problem. Many people who have had the same problem re-soldered and it was fixed. I'm going to try using wires to solder the chip to the lpc port instead of directly to the board.
This will allow for easy troubleshooting and I'll post the results. If the same problem exists afterwards we can be sure that it's a deffect in the chip. Though it does work fine providing you keep your finger on the button until the app loads. You can take it off afterwards but any switching between XBE files causes it to lock up if it isn't held down.
I also experimented with flashing the chips with a 256k bios, had to do it several times as it seemed the flash id kept changing everytime it was detecting. once it changed to bf then it worked, the first time it wrote block 01 and hung for a while, then gave me a message saying it failed, I dared not turn the machine of so patiently holding the power button down trying to flash the chip until finally all 4 blocks wrote and verifyied succesfully. I then rebooted and everything was fine. I then compared my backup bios to the new bios (M7) witha hex editor and saw that they where one and the same! So it seems that it doesn't need updating.
Some say (look at above reply) that once you resolder and it works that it will detect what BIOS it is using. If the BIOS still says unknown in evox it may be an evox dash/aladdin compatibility problem. (You can bring this up to the guys who make EvoX if you really care about it that much)
Edited by anu|b|iss, 18 January 2004 - 09:53 PM.