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« on: May 24, 2004, 10:27:28 PM »

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My bios is 2 years old, so i went to Intel website and downloaded the bios i needed( http://downloadfinder.intel.com/scripts-df...on&submit=Go%21 ) which is the Intel
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2004, 11:27:14 PM »

If your motherboard uses American Megatrends International (AMI) BIOS then you will use a AMI flash utility such as AMIfl818.EXE.
http://www.chipsetbg.com/pages/downloads/Bios/AMIFL818.EXE

Here is the procedure to follow to safely update your BIOS. (NOTE: This does not guarantee success)

Determine the model and revision of motherboard you have.

 The revision number for your motherboard is printed on the board itself in white writing (usually on one of the corners of the motherboard, near the keyboard connector, or near the PCI slots.

 

Once you have downloaded the file and saved it on your hard drive put a formatted 3 1/2" diskette in your floppy drive A:

While in Windows, located the file you downloaded on your hard drive and double-click on it. A window titled 'WinRAR self-extracting archive' will appear. In the text box labeled 'Install to' type A:\ and then click on the 'Install' button at the bottom, this will extract the BIOS update and flash utility to the floppy disk in drive A:

Create a Windows 98 bootable floppy disk. If you are unable to create a Windows 95 or 98 bootable floppy disk on your own then you can download a image of a bootable disk here. To create a bootable floppy disk using the downloaded image, put a second formatted floppy disk in drive A: and double-click on the floppy disk image you downloaded. The image will make the disk in drive A: bootable so that you can boot the computer from it and enter DOS mode.

Once you have your bootable floppy disk and the floppy disk that contains the BIOS update and flash utility, restart the computer and hold down the DELETE key to enter the CMOS. A blue screen with CMOS Setup Utility at the top will appear. In the CMOS you need to set the FIRST BOOT device to FLOPPY. If you are not sure how to do this you can consult your motherboard's user's manual or call for technical support. Once you have set the FIRST BOOT device to FLOPPY, save the changes you have made and exit CMOS. Make sure that your bootable floppy disk is in drive A:

When the computer restarts it will read the floppy disk and boot from it. When the STARTUP MENU appears choose 'START COMPUTER WITHOUT CD-ROM SUPPORT'  After a few seconds the compute will stop at the A:\ prompt.

Once you see the A:\ prompt on the screen, remove your bootable floppy from drive A: and insert the floppy disk with the BIOS update and flash utility on it. Depending on which type of BIOS you have and which flash utility you are using the command you type will be slightly different, however the format will be the same. The following two examples show commands used for each type of BIOS.

          For AMI BIOS's type the following:
 
          FLASH.EXE  BIOSFILE.ROM  /SORIGINAL.ROM    

(This will save the original BIOS to the file ORIGINAL.ROM)

          FLASH.EXE BIOSFILE.ROM  /A                                

(This will perform the actual update)
 
NOTE: In the above examples you must change the names of the BIOSFILE and FLASH utility to the names of the files you downloaded. DO NOT type the commands exactly as you see them above, this is only an example.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2004, 12:00:41 AM »

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Download the BIOS update for your motherboard by clicking on the model number in one of the tables below
what tables??
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2004, 01:08:53 AM »

Sry I deleted that line.
I never gave you the Link for the BIOS upgrade,you said you already had it downloaded.

Follow the instructions using it and the Flash Utility to install it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2004, 01:09:39 AM »

Here's more info:

http://www.sensiblecomputers.ca/drivers/Motherboard_Bios/AMI/Bios_Update.txt

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