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Updating BIOS

By KSochalski
Aug 31, 2007
  1. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    ok, that inforation is very helpful. just one more question trying not to sound stupid... should the mobo have the most up to date bios info since it is brand new? is there instead something we can try that relates more toward configuring the new cpu to the mobo or something? i may be compleatly wrong it just makes more sense to me.. what do you think? i just cant help but think that im just missing something stupid. any newbie mistakes you know of that i could have missed that might have caused this? thanks for you help and info, kevin
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Just because the mobo is new, doesn`t necessarily mean it has the latest bios. Often, mobo`s are kept in storage waiting to be shipped for long periods of time. The latest bios verison for your mobo is available for download.

    The reason I said to try building the computer outside the case, was to remove the possibility of a short. This can happen if you`re not too familiar at building pc`s. Often it`s something simple like a standoff in the wrong place, or a connector that`s not connected properly or even not being connected at all, or something that`s just not seated correctly.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    ok, well apparently the computer i have been using does not have a floppy drive. mine does, but this one does not. so i cannot coppy the BIOS update to a floppy. what do you recomend i do? is a CD ok to use?
    on another note, when i build it on a table without the case.. what should i set it on. is it ok to just but the mobo on a wood table, or do i need put someting under it? same with the other items, HD and such.
    thanks, kevin
     
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Just to add to Howards idea, place the mobo on top of the antistatic bag that it came in, that will keep it safe.
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    An antistatic bag is ok, if you have one, but a wooden table is also fine.

    You could always take the floppy drive out of the other computer and place it in the new one.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    well this computer is a band new laptop of my girlfreinds that i would rather not start pulling apart. so would a CD be ok to use?

    Thanks, kevin
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    According to the instructions in your bios pdf document, you need to use a floppy disk and drive.

    So I guess that means using a cd is out of the questions.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  8. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    the update that i downloaded doesnt fit on one floppy. its been a long time since i have used floppies, but do they make differnt sizes? all the stores i have been too only have one size and the a 1.4 mb, the file is a 1.44. talk about bad luck..

    well the update will fit if i put it on the floppy as a zipped file, is that ok? or does it have to be extractd first? also. what do i have to do to make a copy of the old bios before i begin? thanks, kevin
     
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    The bios file must be extracted first.

    Once you`ve extracted the Bios zip file the files you need to burn to a floppy are only 1.1mB. This should fit on a floppy with no trouble. Obviously, you wouldn`t bother putting the pdf document onto the floppy.

    Just follow the instructions carefully and you shouldn`t have any problems.

    When you are in the process of flashing your bios, you should receive a message asking you if you would like to save a copy of your old bios. Choose yes.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  10. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    the directions are not exactly step by step.
    it doesnt say which files to add to the disk after it is formated. if i add all but the pdf then it still doesnt fit. i am following the directions in the pdf and they seem a bit unclear to a newbie like me. do i add them one at a time or a as a whole file? does the order they are added in matter?
    for step 3 they have an example. what exactly do i type in when i get to this step. im guessing

    A:\>AFUDOS 070816S.ROM /p /b /n /c /x

    for my specific purpose. is that right?

    also, how do i change the setting to allow a bios flasing. it just tells me to do it, not how..

    your help is appreciated, thank you.. kevin
     
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    See HERE.

    I think you would type afuwin.exe

    If you`re in any doubt, contact your mobo manufacturer as a failed bios flash would render your mobo useless.

    Regards Howard :)
     
     
  12. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    i followed the link in the last post. i followed the directions and turns out i dont have a TRUE AMI board so they cant help me. i have to contact the maker of my board. unfortunatly the instructions i get are the pdf file, and those are for a windows 98 not an XP. the screens that come up are slighly different and you dont get the same results. so i am really kind of stuck here. what do you think i should do?

    thank you, kevin
     
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  14. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    well i sent them a message on their tech help page. i guess i just have to wait for them to respond now. i suppose i could pull the pc apart inthe mean time and build it on the table. ill let you know what they advise whenever they get back to me,

    thank you for you help,
    kevin
     
  15. KSochalski

    KSochalski TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

    no response from ECS to my message. so i think im going to just return the stuff i bought before my time is up and try again. if its fixed i will have saved time and effort, if its not, at least ill know its not just bad hardware i bought. sound good?
     
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    If building the computer on the table doesn`t help, then yes, that sounds sensible.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    please read the bios upgrade guide in the guides forum.
     
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