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BIOS upgrade / update

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by southerngq, Feb 3, 2003.

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  1. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    I am looking for a BIOS update for my system. This is proving to be much harder than I expected. Have been to the Phoenix site and my BIOS is not listed.

    Any ideas?

    Motherboard Properties
    Motherboard ID 4W4SB0X0.15A.0019.P14.0005091032
    Motherboard Name Intel Warm Springs WS440BX

    Front Side Bus Properties
    Bus Type Intel GTL+
    Bus Width 64-bit
    Real Clock 100 MHz
    Effective Clock 100 MHz
    Bandwidth 800 MB/s

    Memory Bus Properties
    Bus Width 64-bit
    Real Clock 100 MHz
    Effective Clock 100 MHz
    Bandwidth 800 MB/s
     
  2. exocet

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    According to the manual for your motherboard (found here): ftp://download.intel.com/design/motherbd/oem/70258701.pdf

    It says to update the BIOS through Intel's utility on their website, however, your board doesn't appear to be listed anywhere. I only skimmed the manual, you may want to give it a better look and see if it mentions what BIOS you use. Goodluck!
     
  3. JSanguancheu

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    It looks like Intel stopped supporting that particular model back in 1999 from what I could find on their site.

    If this was so you could use a larger harddrive(>32Gb) then the only suggestion I have would be to get an add-on IDE controller.
     
  4. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    I am running a 20GB and 30Gb hard drive at the moment.

    I can't find a upgrade for my BIOS anywhere. Have been to every site I know.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks
     
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  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Since Intel no longer supports it, I'd seriously consider a MB upgrade. If you buy a BIOS from somewhere like Unicore, it'll cost as much as a new MB.
     
  7. exocet

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    Southern, what is your purpose for flashing your BIOS?
     
  8. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    I have no serious problems but the older my system gets, the newer I want my BIOS to be. Just want to make sure the large applications I run can be handled.
     
  9. Jtoast

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    never update a bios without having a specific problem in mind.


    You will cause more problems than you fix sometimes.
     
  10. exocet

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    I agree with above. You'll understand the first time you flash a board unusable <G>. Perhaps you may want to look into upgrading your hardware a bit if you want to move away from the old?
     
  11. southerngq

    southerngq Thread Starter

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    My BIOS have been flashed before with no ill consequences.
    However, I do understand the concern.

    Thanks all
     
  12. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I've flashed the BIOS in lots of systems, but I agree with the comment about having a reason. I don't update them for fun, it's normally to solve a problem or add a feature that is missing on earlier versions.
     
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