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Question about updating mobo if anyone can give me some guidence..

By GameAddict
Aug 28, 2002
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  1. First time I have ever tried to upgrade mobo drivers so I'm a bit nervous and a little confused.

    I have a ASUS A7V266-E VIA KT 266A 4xagp mobo

    Since I have had the system about 5 months I always get the following message when booting up system on 2nd page of boot up, it passes quickly but it says something like this

    ""Ultra BIOS 100 version 2.01.0

    Detecting \ ""<--spins for a few seconds and gives me following message:
    ""Ultra BIOS is not installed because their are no drivers attached.""
    And then boots up windows.

    I pulled up this site looking for new drivers:

    http://download.asus.com.tw/mb_dl_menu.asp
    EDIT: The site dosen't seem to work for that link but the info is accurate.

    And noticed the following availabel for download:

    2.00.0 (Build 18) Promise Ultra 100 IDE Controller Driver V2.00.0 (Build 18)

    You guys think I should d/l and install that? I have no clue what its for but sounds like what I'm missing.

    And I belive my BIOS version is 1004B, its hard to tell because the screen goes by so fast.
    On the same site it has version 1010 and 1009. 1009 says its for new proscessors and 1010 says AMD XP 2300+. Since I have a XP 2000 think I should go with the 1009 or 1010 verson?

    Thanks again all. You guys are a great help to someone who's not sure where to go :)
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Download the 1010 version; drivers are cumulative; whatever changes are made in 1009 are included in 1010.

    If you have a 2nd IDE channel array than you should download those drivers. That's what they're for. They're optional.

    You're going to have to flash the BIOS.

    This quote is from me posting on this thread.
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You get that message from the onboard Promise IDE/RAID chip.

    It gives you such a message because you don't have any IDE drives connected to it. As such, you do not need to install drivers for it since you don't use it.

    There's a way to deactivate it from the BIOS but I don't remember how. I'll reboot someday & find out & post it here for you.;)
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    It seems you can't disable the Promise chip from within the BIOS.

    If you want to disable it anyways ( in order to win about 10 seconds in bootup for example ), you have to flash the BIOS with a BIOS file that doesn't have the Promise parts in it.

    Head on to this site -> A7V Troubleshooting

    In this section -> A7V Troubleshooting ( A7V266-e BIOSes ), there's the 1005e Beta 15 BIOS which seems to disable the onboard Promise chipset.

    Before attempting anything, remember that flashing a BIOS is very risky & could result in your system not posting anymore. Visit the site & take your time to read the FAQs, the articles, the How-Tos, etc...

    Do not rush this at all.

    The flashing tools are available here -> ftp.asuscom.de
    Myself I use Aflash207.
  5. GameAddict

    GameAddict Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Thanks for the help all :D
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