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Award flash is nowhere to be found. So how do I flash the bios?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by St!nkf!nger, May 3, 2005.

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  1. St!nkf!nger

    St!nkf!nger Thread Starter

    Aug 24, 2003
    I have an Asus A8N-E mobo and want to flash my bios, however like I said, the Award flash utility is nowhere to be found. So how do I do it?
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Let's start by asking the reason you want to flash the BIOS? Unless you're addressing some specific issue, my recommendation is not to bother.

    If you have a real problem, the flash utility should be available from the same source as the BIOS, the MB maker.
  3. St!nkf!nger

    St!nkf!nger Thread Starter

    Aug 24, 2003
    There's a more up to date bios I'd like to use. Plus, in another post I made on these boards I told of a problem with my new pc (less than three weeks old) where it hangs when it gets to the XP Pro splash screen. The progress bar stops moving and there's no HD activity going on, it eventually gets to the desktop, but it seems like it should take a lot less time. It was suggested that this is caused by an out of date bios and that it should be updated. So that's why I want to flash it.
  4. SacsTC


    Dec 30, 2003
  5. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Award BIOS updates can be found at http://www.esupport.com - of course, they are not free, but if you don't reply for a few days, they will send email to you and probably make you a 50% price break offer.

    The Flash BIOS Upgrade for a particular motherboard gets packaged into a bootable diskette that boots with the FreeDOS kernel. The acual application that does the flashing is one of several flashers available at esupport.com that matches up to your mobo version - look for their free utility downloads at: http://www.esupport.com/techsupport/award/awardutils.htm

    One caveat of flashing your mobo bios is that you need to pay attention to saving the current BIOS so that if anything hangs up in the process you can restore to the current BIOS - this is one of the steps during the flash procedure.

    Also, note that the update file for your mobo is a .bin file, and there is an autoexec.bat, readme.txt, application flash .exe file, help.bat and MSDOS application, license.txt in addition to the FreeDOS.sys and command.com files on the Upgrade boot disk. So the list of files on the upgrade bootable diskette should be something like: [Note: (x)'s represent generic named files by me, not real files that esupport.com distributes]
    FreeDos - kernel.sys
    Flash BIOS upgrade file for your particular Mobo/CPUid - (xxxxxxxx).bin
    MSDOS batch file - autoexec.bat
    flash executable for your Mobo/BIOS - (x)flash.exe

    You have to create the bootable diskette from the distribution that esupport sends to you via two emails - second one shows you where to get the download file.

    -- Tom
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