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Looking to update BIOS

By paulski
Jul 30, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I'm looking to update my BIOS as is out of date according to Sisoft, however, I'm having a nightmare of a time trying to find a BIOS update for it!!

    The only thing I know is the following from Sisoft:

    SiSoftware Sandra

    Mainboard
    Manufacturer : Biostar
    MP Support : No
    Model : nVidia-nForce
    System BIOS : 12/10/2003-nVidia-nForce-6A61BB01C-00
    Chipset : nVidia nForce2 ICP

    System Memory Controller
    Location : Mainboard
    Error Correction Capability : None
    Number of Memory Slots : 2
    Maximum Installable Memory : 1GB
    Bank0/1 - A0 : DIMM 512MB
    Bank2/3 - A1 : DIMM 512MB

    Chipset 1
    Model : Nvidia Corp nForce2 AGP Controller
    Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI USB i2c/SMBus
    Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 133MHz (266MHz data rate)
    Maximum FSB Speed / Max Memory Speed : 2x 200MHz / 2x 200MHz
    Width : 64-bit
    IO Queue Depth : 8 request(s)

    Chipset 1 Hub Interface
    Type : HyperTransport
    Version : 0.10
    In/Out Width : 8-bit / 8-bit
    Speed : 2x 200MHz (400MHz data rate)

    Logical/Chipset 1 Memory Banks
    Bank 0 : 512MB DDR-SDRAM 3.0-3-3-8CL 2CMD
    Bank 1 : 512MB DDR-SDRAM 3.0-3-3-8CL 2CMD
    Channels : 1
    Speed : 2x 199MHz (398MHz data rate)
    Multiplier : 6/4x
    Width : 64-bit
    Power Save Mode : No
    Fixed Hole Present : No

    Memory Module(s)
    Memory Module 2 : 64MX64U-40C 030505C3 512MB 16x(32Mx8) DDR-SDRAM PC3200U-333-700 (CL3 up to 200MHz) (CL2.5 up to 167MHz) (CL2 up to 133MHz)
    Memory Module 3 : 64MX64U-40C 0407275B 512MB 16x(32Mx8) DDR-SDRAM PC3200U-333-700 (CL3 up to 200MHz) (CL2.5 up to 167MHz) (CL2 up to 133MHz)

    Environment Monitor 1
    Model : Winbond W83627(T)HF ISA
    Version : 2.01
    Mainboard Specific Support : No

    Temperature Sensor(s)
    CPU Temperature : 27.5°C / 81.5°F
    Power / Aux Temperature : 32.0°C / 89.6°F

    Cooling Device(s)
    Auto Fan Speed Control : No
    CPU Fan Speed : 2637rpm

    Voltage Sensor(s)
    CPU Voltage : 1.63V
    Aux Voltage : 1.49V
    +3.3V Voltage : 3.28V
    +5V Voltage : 5.05V
    +12V Voltage : 11.80V
    -12V Voltage : -11.87V
    -5V Voltage : -4.95V
    Standby Voltage : 4.80V
    Battery Voltage : 3.10V

    AGP Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 3.00
    Speed : 8x
    Fast-Writes Enabled : Yes
    Isochronous Mode Enabled : No
    Addressing Enabled : 32-bit
    Aperture Size : 64MB

    PCI Bus(es) on Hub 1
    Version : 2.20
    Number of Bridges : 2
    PCI Bus 0 : PCI (1/1x PCIClk)
    PCI Bus 1 : PCI (1/1x PCIClk)

    LPC Hub Controller 1
    Model : Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp nForce2 ISA Bridge

    USB Controller 1
    Model : Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp nForce2 OHCI USB Controller
    Version : 1.00
    Interface : OHCI
    Channels : 3
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 2
    Model : Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp nForce2 OHCI USB Controller
    Version : 1.00
    Interface : OHCI
    Channels : 3
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    USB Controller 3
    Model : Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp nForce2 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
    Version : 2.00
    Specification : 1.00
    Interface : EHCI
    Channels : 6
    Companion Controllers : 2
    Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps) High (480Mbps)
    Addressing Support : 32-bit
    Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

    System SMBus Controller 1
    Model : nVidia MCP2/3/4 B0 SMBus
    Version : 0A.02
    Advanced TCO Mode Enabled : No
    Slave Device Enabled : No
    PEC Support : No

    System SMBus Controller 2
    Model : nVidia MCP2/3/4 B1 SMBus
    Version : 0A.02
    Advanced TCO Mode Enabled : No
    Slave Device Enabled : No
    PEC Support : No

    Expansion Slot(s)
    PCI0 (1h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Full-Length Available (Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp nForce2 ISA Bridge)
    PCI1 (2h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Full-Length Used (Biostar Microtech Int'l Corp nForce2 OHCI USB Controller)
    PCI2 (3h) : PCI 32-bit +5V PME Full-Length Used
    AGP (F0h) : AGP 32-bit +5V Full-Length Used

    Port Connector
    PRIMARY IDE : None - ATA / None
    SECONDARY IDE : None - ATA / None
    FDD : 8251 FIFO - Floppy Disk / None
    COM1 : Serial Port 16450 - 9 Pin Dual Inline / DB-9 pin male
    COM2 : Serial Port 16450 - 9 Pin Dual Inline / DB-9 pin male
    LPT1 : Parallel Port ECP/EPP - DB-25 pin female / DB-25 pin female
    Keyboard : Keyboard - PS/2 / PS/2
    PS/2 Mouse : Mouse - PS/2 / PS/2
    USB0 : USB - None / None

    Performance Tips
    Notice 224 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Warning 2507 : Mainboard has too few memory slots. Upgrading the memory may be difficult or expensive.
    Warning 2508 : All memory slots are full. Upgrading the memory may be difficult or expensive.
    Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.

    CPU/BIOS:
    SiSoftware Sandra

    Processor
    Model : AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2000+
    Speed : 1.53GHz
    Model Number : 2000 (estimated)
    Performance Rating : PR2220 (estimated)
    Type : Standard
    Package : Socket A PGA
    Multiplier : 23/2x
    Generation : G7
    Name : Duron M10 & Athlon MP/XP (Barton/Thorton) 130nm 1.8GHz+ 1.6-1.65V
    Revision/Stepping : A / 0 (0)
    Stepping Mask : A2
    Core Voltage Rating : 1.650V
    Maximum Physical / Virtual Addressing : 34-bit / 32-bit
    Native Page Size : 4kB

    Co-Processor (FPU)
    Type : Built-in
    Revision/Stepping : A / 0 (0)

    Processor Cache(s)
    Internal Data Cache : 64kB Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way set, 64 byte line size
    Internal Instruction Cache : 64kB Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way set, 64 byte line size
    L2 On-board Cache : 512kB ECC Synchronous, Write-Back, 16-way set, 64 byte line size
    L2 Cache Multiplier : 1/1x (1531MHz)

    Upgradeability
    Socket/Slot : Socket A
    Upgrade Interface : ZIF Socket
    Supported Speed(s) : 1.53GHz+

    Environment Monitor 1
    Model : Winbond W83627(T)HF ISA
    Version : 2.01
    Mainboard Specific Support : No

    Power Rating(s)
    CPU Core Power : 50W (estimated)

    Sensors
    CPU Temperature : 28.0°C / 82.4°F
    Auto Fan Speed Control : No
    CPU Fan Speed : 2637rpm
    CPU Voltage : 1.65V

    Features
    FPU - Co-Processor Built-in : Yes
    VME - Virtual Mode Extensions : Yes
    DE - Debugging Extension : Yes
    PSE - Page Size Extension : Yes
    TSC - Time Stamp Counter : Yes
    MSR - Model Specific Registers : Yes
    PAE - Physical Address Extension : Yes
    MCE - Machine Check Exception : Yes
    CX8 - Compare & Exchange Instruction : Yes
    APIC - Local APIC Built-in : Yes
    SEP - Fast System Call : Yes
    MTRR - Memory Type Range Registers : Yes
    PGE - Page Global Enable : Yes
    MCA - Machine Check Architecture : Yes
    PAT - Page Attribute Table : Yes
    PSE36 - 36-bit Page Size Extension : Yes
    PSN - Unique Serial Number : No
    CLF - Cache Line Flush Support : No
    DS - Debug Trace & EMON Store : No
    ACPI - Software Clock Control : No
    (W)MMX Technology : Yes
    FXSR - Fast Float Save & Restore : Yes
    SSE Technology : Yes
    SSE2 Technology : No
    SS - Self Snoop : No
    HTT - Hyper-Threading Technology : No
    TM - Thermal Monitor : No
    PBE - Pending Break Enable : No
    SSE3 Technology : No
    MON - Monitor/MWait : No
    DSCPL - CPL qualified Debug Store : No
    EST - Enhanced SpeedStep Technology : No
    TM2 - Thermal Monitor 2 : No
    DAZ - Denormals Are Zero : No

    Extended Features
    SYCR - Extended Fast System Call : Yes
    EMMX - Extended MMX Technology : Yes
    FXSR - Fast Float Save & Restore : Yes
    3DNow! Technology : Yes
    Extended 3DNow! Technology : Yes
    SMP - MP Capability : No

    Power Management Features
    VID - Voltage Control : No
    FID - Frequency Control : No
    TS - Thermal Sensor Built-in : Yes

    Advanced Settings
    TLB Cacheable : Yes
    System Ack Limit : 8 request(s)
    System Victim Limit : 0 request(s)
    Extended MTRR Types : Yes
    I/O Type Range Registers : Yes
    Top of Memory : 40000000 (1024MB)

    Machine Check Architecture Settings
    Number of Reporting Banks : 4 bank(s)
    Exception Reporting Control Support : Yes

    Variable Range MTRR Settings
    MTRR 0 : 00000000-3FFFFFFF (0MB-1024MB) WB
    MTRR 1 : D8000000-DBFFFFFF (3456MB-3520MB) WC

    Variable Range IORR Settings
    IORR 1 : D8000000-DBFFFFFF (3456MB-3520MB) rdMem wrMem

    PAT Settings
    PAT 0 : WB
    PAT 1 : WC
    PAT 2 : UC-
    PAT 3 : UC
    PAT 4 : WB
    PAT 5 : WC
    PAT 6 : UC-
    PAT 7 : UC

    Performance Tips
    Notice 224 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate.
    Tip 2 : Double-click tip or press Enter while a tip is selected for more information about the tip.

    Sorry for length of post, but I don't know what info is particularly relevant. I have found several downloads on the Biostar website, but they are for an nvidia nforce2 IGP (not an ICP), and the last thing I want is to bug*er up my BIOS!!

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Download and run Everest and see if it IDs the mobo better. I think that's an M7NCD but there are 3 versions. Even after you check it out, I don't think a Bios update is worth the risk for that mobo.

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

    Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop.

    Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

    Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

    Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

    Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor
    (probably Notepad) and then use your mouse to highlight ALL the 'debug' entries and delete them, then use your mouse to hilight all the remaining text then copy and paste it to here.

    For future reference: once you open Everest, click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.

    :)
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    The BIOS will be at the BIOSTAR website, if there is one.
    SiSoftSandra should be able to give you the motherboard, as should Everest or Belarc.

    If your performance is ok, do not upgrade. SiSoftSandra is only reporting this ... not requiring it.

    Are you having trouble with any other software which shows you need a BIOS update.

    I would not do it unless necessary. It may not help, and it puts your motherboard at risk.

    "Notice 224 : SMBIOS/DMI information may be inaccurate." worries me.

    On the other hand, you don't have enough information to search for the BIOS download:

    Should be one of these. You can problem get the info you need by looking carefully at the board or using Belarc Advisor or Everest

    6150 MCP 6P M2+
    7025 GF7025 -M2 TE
    7050 GF7 050V -M7
    7100 GF7 100P -M7
    8100 GF8 100 M2+ SE
    8200 GF8 200 M2+
    520 NF520-A2 TE

    Good luck looking
     
  4. paulski

    paulski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks guys - I think I'll take the advice and neglect trying to update the BIOS.

    I'm not having any major problems, just noticed that it appeared to be out of date. I have been having a lot of BSOD's but have removed the software that seemed to be causing this, and haven't had a problem since.

    I'll log the Everest software though in case I need it in future.

    Thanks

    :)
     
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    read the updating BIOS guide in the guides forum FIRST before doing ANYTHING.
     
  6. paulski

    paulski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Will do Tedster - thanks
     
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