I have tried to read what is on the chip but it is darn near impossible.
M2I 103 or 8
Is there a way to determine what chip is on the board?
I should have asked, but did you try to recover the BIOS using a USB thumb drive method?
The rename the BIOS file from Asus's web site to K55A.bin and place it on a FAT32 formatted thumb drive. Turn it on and press CTRL + Home immediately. If you see read activity on the thumb drive's light (more than a couple of blinks) then it is flashing the BIOS. Wait ten minutes and reboot.