Ok so I've been working at this all night and the best answer I can find is that it's normal to get stuck here. I, like a million others, cannot get my system to recognize a connection to the viper. So far, I've tried 4 computers. One, a '99 gateway, claimed to start the flash, and the progress bar started, but immediately failed and stopped recognizing again. There HAS to be a reason for this. All connections good. No random solder. Ribbon correct direction. System on. LPT matches with hex addy. I doubt the chip/flasher is bad. When I power up, black screen. If i remove the chip, it boots normally. Any ideas?