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Most BIOS upgrades I have seen are .exe files.
They need to be put on a DOS/Windows boot disk of some sort.
will give a minimal boot disk that you can copy your BIOS flash (and flash utility??) to (if you have a Windows system available).
A freeDOS boot disk or one of the available online Windows boot disks may be a possibility if a Windows system is not available. Though some are .exe files, they may be self extracting zip files that contain an image that can be copied with dd when unzipped.
For flashing a BIOS, all you need is the command.com file and that is it. Don't put autoexec.bat or config.sys file on the disk. Next copy the bin file and the BIOS flash utility. Some manufactures include a batch file, so the proecess is much easier. BIOS flash utilities only work in DOS. Some DOS knowledge is required. You may want to remove all the additional devices such as sound cards, CD-ROM, hard drive, zip, jaz, contoller cards just in case the flash utility screws up the devices but have the floppy drive connected.
and if you ever mess up and end up with a non functioning mobo, i know of some manufacturers that have a special key combo to hold during power on that (through a section of the bios that never gets rewritten) will imediately read the floppy drive and transfer any bios rom file that is there without any flash utility or anything. i only say this cause i have heard of people that thought they just got a new paper wieght or needed a new bios chip cause they flashed it wrong and they never knew this option was there.
i dont know how common this is or if anyone even does it anymore, i know it works on my older 'pc chips' board and i came across a referance to it on some other board before
Last edited by Brain Drop; 05-07-2003 at 12:45 AM.
Can I use any bootdisk program to boot and flash my MoBo BIOS?
To flash your BIOS firmware chip on motherborad, things need are flash bios program like Awdflash.exe that should have document tell everything what to do, binaray file .BIN(size of 256, 512, power of 2 usually, and so on) that fit your model of motherbroad and firmware brand like intel.