Flashing BIOS - How to make Bootable DOS CD

A

avsdotcom

Guest
Hi all ! New to these boards, wondered if anyone knows if it is possible to make a bootable DOS CD for flashing the BIOS of my mobo (Epox 8KHA+).
The manual says the DOS disk should have NO device drivers or other programmes on it.
So apart from the new BIOS files, what else do I need to put on it? And I presume that it will be fine on a CD, as long as I change to boot from CD in BIOS. Any help really appreciated, thanx.

Avs

AthlonXP 1700+
256MB DDR
Epox 8KHA+
GeFrorce 3Ti500
 

Lonman

Bleh!
Joined
2 Dec 2001
Messages
2,642
It looks like your newest bios 'bin' file is '8khi2108.bin.' You'll need that and the flash utility 'Awdflash.exe' on the disk. Here are detailed instructions for flashing your bios using a regular diskette:

Procedure to update BIOS using AWARD BIOS flash utility Awdflash.exe
--------------------------------------------------------------------

1) Create a clean bootable floppy diskette using C:\>format a:/s command
2) copy awdflash.exe utility & the correct BIOS file 8khi2108.bin onto the diskette
3) Bootup targeted PC using the floppy diskette
4) At DOS prompt, type A:\>awdflash 8khi2108.bin
5) The utility will prompt if you wish to retain the current BIOS setting onto a file
6) Next, the utility will prompt you to confirm whether to flash the BIOS
7) After BIOS is flashed, the utility will prompt you whether to reset <F1> or exit <ESC> the utility.
--------------------------------------------------------------------

I've never flashed using a CD before. I don't see why it wouldn't work. When you're done, post back so we know it went ok.
 
A

avsdotcom

Guest
Thanks for the info. I had the BIOS update, was just missing the AWDFLASH.EXE (doh!). Not sure how to run it from CD tho - when I go into the Flashing prog, it says 'Could not detect floppy'
Looks like I'll have to dig out my old floppy drive, thought it was redundant ,but obviously not. I'll let you know how it goes.Cheers.
 

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
Joined
20 Jun 2004
Messages
1,383
:eek:

The award flash program will try to backup your bios, hows it going to write to a CD ?
 
A

avsdotcom

Guest
Well, everything went well, but I could only get it to run from floppy, not from CD. And not for lack of trying either, lol. Thanks again for the info, and if I do get it to run from CD I'll let you know. Unless anyone knows a definitive way of doing it, that is.
 
M

MiseryQ

Guest
I got into a heated debate on this subject on another site...

I do'nt think it can be done... In order to flash the bios you have to boot with no drivers... In oreder to use a cd the cd drivers has to be installed...

Correct?!?
 

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
Joined
20 Jun 2004
Messages
1,383
Intrestingly enough the live update software on the ASUS website flashes your BIOS from within windows :eek:
 
M

MiseryQ

Guest
Good point...

I done that to both my Giga-Byte and Msi...

Doh!
 
A

avatar

Guest
if using a cd to flash your bios do this
by burning the bootable floppy on to
the cd and make a autoexec.bat with the command:
A:\AWFL789 ********.*** /SN /PY /CC /R /LD

where ** is the versionnr of the bios
it won't ask to backup your bios.
 

Members online

No members online now.

Latest profile posts

Xie wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Impressed you have kept this alive this long EP! So many sites have come and gone. :(

Just did some crude math and I apparently joined almost 18yrs ago, how is that possible???
hello peeps... is been some time since i last came here.
Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Rest in peace my friend, been trying to find you and finally did in the worst way imaginable.
Terrahertz wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Yo fellas!
Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Where are you buddy?

Forum statistics

Threads
62,005
Messages
673,461
Members
5,599
Latest member
Larry Chris