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Hot Flashing BIOS

#1 User is offline   caintry_boy 

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 10:07 AM

Well it's fairly cut and dried.......if you're like some of us and want to run "all out", you inevitably sometime will want to flash to the latest BIOS for your motherboard. Come on, we've all done it! For some of us though the flash fails for whatever reasons and we're left with a corrupted BIOS/dead mobo.
What to do? What to do?
HOT FLASH THAT BABY!!!!!

First you need another BIOS chip, a live/good one, preferably identical to the dead one you have.
You also need two floppy disks, one boot floppy and one with the correct BIOS and flash program on it.
Make certain that you are set to boot from floppy disk first.

Here's how:
The process is fairly simple;
1. Locate the motherboards BIOS chip
2. Pop out the dead BIOS chip and replace it with the good chip. Don't insert it fully, use only enough force to lightly push it in enough to make contact....in just a few minutes, you're going to have to pop it right back out, hopefully without having to fight it.
3. Insert the boot floppy into the A:\ drive
4. Power on and select "minimal start"
5. Now touch the side of your case to discharge any static electricity, then without touching anything, reach in carefully.....remember the system is Hot, and pop out the good BIOS chip. Replace it with the dead BIOS chip.
6. Take out the boot floppy and insert the BIOS floppy. Type dir /w
7. Type the name of the flash program, leave a space and type the name of the BIOS you want to flash. It should look something like this without quotes "awdflash AW9D_13.bin" Hit enter. DO NOT POWER OFF OR TOUCH ANYTHING!!!
8. Flash program comes up, flashes BIOS
9. Exit, shut down, and clear CMOS.
10 Restart, enter CMOS/BIOS and reset everything to your liking, then restart your now alive computer. clapping.gif

Here are a couple of guides to help you along in case I don't make sense, or being a "caintry_boy" y'all don't trust me.....:

http://www.rainbow-software.org/hardware/hotflash.html
http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=62&pgno=0

Here is a Flash Program that will work if all else fails. Use at your own risk, I have used it and it save my "bacon" once or twice.

UniFlash


Hey! Be safe out there! You don't want to have to do this if you don't have to....... grin2.gif
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Posted 24 February 2007 - 12:48 PM

Excellent job Caintry

also note to make sure bios is set to boot to floppy 1st ...............

mine is normally set to boot to HD's 1st for a faster boot up but when flashing it needs to go to the floppy 1st
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Posted 24 February 2007 - 07:21 PM

Excellent guide C_B! clapping.gif I'm thinking it should be pinned...
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Posted 24 February 2007 - 07:30 PM

QUOTE(I_G @ Feb 25 2007, 01:21 AM) View Post
Excellent guide C_B! clapping.gif I'm thinking it should be pinned...


I already pinned it lol, just after CB posted it grin2.gif

Great guide CB! Hopefully won't have to use it fear.gif
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Posted 24 February 2007 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE(pgcrooks @ Feb 24 2007, 07:30 PM) View Post
Great guide CB! Hopefully won't have to use it fear.gif



I just did......recently........ whistling.gif
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 08:18 PM

That's perfect CB clapping.gif

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 10:39 PM

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:09 PM

where's the Disclaimer X_C
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 09:25 AM

Thats a great guide CB clapping.gif I was expecting something a bit more racey though given the title of the post. whistling.gif
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