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Old 12-19-2009, 06:07 PM   #16
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If your motherboard manufacturer is Foxconn, go to their website and look for BIOS upgrades. There will probably be a place to do a search and search for BIOS updgrades for your specific motherboard. You need to do this at Foxconn rather than Phoenix website as motherboard manufacturers by the chipsets from Phoenix but almost always modify them for their specific boards. There should also be some explanation of what process you need to upgrade/flash your BIOS.
 
Old 12-20-2009, 10:52 AM   #17
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Look at this 180 turn. Try googleing "foxconn phoenix vista only bios" and see what you get.
Now this appears to be my problem, and if anyone could help me fix it that would make me very happy.
I have read some things about the "Foxconn Vista-only BIOS". I suggest you call them---and do some more Googling.
 
Old 12-21-2009, 05:01 PM   #18
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Tried their webpage but no help there. It says about the flash method but no files to download.
Guess I'm stuck with Vista.


To Microsoft: You MOTHERboardF*(#ERS
 
Old 12-24-2009, 08:06 AM   #19
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Tried their webpage but no help there. It says about the flash method but no files to download.
Guess I'm stuck with Vista.
Call them.....


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To Microsoft: You MOTHERboardF*(#ERS
Not Microsoft's fault (at least not directly)---most board vendors do no have anomalies like this.
 
Old 12-24-2009, 08:12 AM   #20
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Wasn't 9.10 supposed to be a problematic release? It's probably got nothing to with the OP. Why should he be required to flash?

Last edited by gregorian; 12-24-2009 at 08:14 AM.
 
Old 12-24-2009, 10:19 AM   #21
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There are other Microsoft only bios. This doesn't indicate that the entire bios is Windows only. It just means a tiny part of the bios code prevents installation of Linux. The easy way to install Linux on such a machine is to go into the bios setup program, remove the hard drive from the boot devices list, leaving only the CDRom as a valid boot device. And disable any executable bit security.

Boot from a live Linux CD.

Get Rid of Windows:

Launch a terminal emulator and do:

su
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4k count=10000

after dd, hit the up arrow, and repeat the command two or three times.

Then, reboot the machine with a Linux install CD, and install Linux.


If the above doesn't work, try this first:

Disconnect all power. Clear the bios with the bios clear jumper, or by removing the battery for 10 minutes.

On a different machine, make a DOS boot CD with a bios image file and flashing utility on it. Get the bios image file and flashing utility from the motherboard manufacturer's web site.

Remove the hard drive connections. Connect power. Boot with the DOS boot CD. Flash the bios. Reboot the machine with the new bios, hard drive still disconnected, and no CD in the drive. The machine won't boot.

Shut down and reconnect the hdd. Go into the bios setup program and remove the hard drive as a boot device. Continue as above.

Then, after you get rid of Windows, and Linux is installed, write Steve Ballmer a letter, telling him you destroyed your windows installation by writing Linux over it, and it made the machine work better.
 
  


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