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BIOS files need unzipping?

By rbuck
Jun 26, 2003
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  1. I note that as I download BIOS files (ASUS A7V8X-X) they have a ZIP extension. Are they self extracting or does the user need to unzip them?
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Probably the file will contain some sort of .bin file and an installer. When don't you try opening it and seeing?
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,574

    Yea, what Phant said. Unzip the package. There should be a .bin inside. Also make sure you download the appropriate flash utility. Normally you can get that from the exact same site that you get the .bin file from.

    Also one thing I learned that may make life easier is, if you have a Windows 95/ 98/ME CD, you can boot to dos with that CD so just the flash files in a folder on a FAT32 partition (you cant boot to a NTFS partition without a special boot disk).
    Then all you need to do is press F8 at the boot screen and you will see a menu. Tell it to boot from the CDROM, and immediately press F8 again afterwards. Now you should get a menu with an option to boot to DOS. Then it might ask you if you want to boot to DOS with CDROM support or not. It doesn't really matter which unless the BIOS files are on the CD.

    Then just run the bios utility (for example amfxx.exe binfile.bin)

    The bios utility most of the time will tell you if the bin file is not the correct bin for your bios so it keeps you safe from flashing the incorrect one (although you can still make mistakes).

    Good luck.
  4. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 209

    If they have a "zip" extension you need to unzip them before you can use them. Self extracting files will have an "exe" extension.
  5. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

    just agree

    then open..........look for the set up icon or the executable file.........double click & voila'..........or extract it to some archive file you wish to return to at some later date ...........and, it will be there, ready to execute again if need be.
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