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Motherboard flashing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Abriam26, Feb 17, 2013.

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  1. Abriam26

    Abriam26 Thread Starter

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    Hey TSG users,

    I want to flash my BIOS.
    Problem 1: I have never flashed before. (I want to do it from Windows XP)
    Problem 2: I don't know my current BIOS version.
    Problem 3: I don't know which one is the best, I suppose the latest (middle one) -> http://www.foxconnchannel.com/ProductDetail.aspx?T=Motherboard&U=en-us0000107

    Motherboard is in the link.
    Please help me out :)

    Thanks in advance,
    Abiram26
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Is there a particular reason you want to flash the BIOS? There are 3 bios updates listed on that page for your motherboard under Tech Support. If you are not experiencing a problem that is listed by the bios updates then you should not attempt a bios flash. Remember a BIOS Flash that fails can leave your motherboard totally useless. If you just want the latest Bios Version because it the latest, that is not a good reason to flash the bios. If the BIOS Update would add CPU Compatibility and you are looking to upgrade you processor, or correct a known problem with you current version, that would be a good reason.

    You can find the current BIOS Version by entering the bios before windows begins to load by pressing the DEL key.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    I completely agree with dusty and I would add that when you flash a bios, do not do it from within xp. Do the flash from a boot disk. When you add windows to any task, you further complicate said task.

    I have not worked on a foxconn board for a while however as I recall, they do not have a built in flashing utility in the bios and you have to do the flash from a dos boot disk.
     
  4. Abriam26

    Abriam26 Thread Starter

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    Hmm, okay.
    In that case I will not flash my BIOS...
    I just wanted it to have the latest.
    So it isn't true that having the latest BIOS makes the computer faster?
     
  5. captainron276

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    In most cases the Bios upgrade is for a particular problem, not necessarily making the computer faster.

     
  6. crjdriver

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    That board has the 915 chipset and it is getting very old now. It was released in mid 2004; that is more than a lifetime in the computer hardware world. There really is not much you are going to do to make it any faster.
     
  7. Simba7

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    You can flash it, but I would suggest utilizing a floppy. It looks like they did fix a few issues and added some capabilities in 557F1P38:

    1.Fix the issue that BIOS can be flashed by winflash when setting SuperBIOS-Protect as enable
    2.Add SMBIOS 2.3 support
    3.Fix the issue that system

    I'm looking at the SMBIOS 2.3 support.
     
  8. Abriam26

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    Is is better to do the flash?
    I'm a bit of a computer tweaker.
    (P.S. the current BIOS is kind of broken... (it doesn't save anything))
     
  9. Simba7

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    Go ahead.. Just keep in mind to do NOTHING while the BIOS is being flashed.

    Also, if the power gets interrupted in the middle of a flash, you'll have a very nice paperweight.

    Use this disk to make the flash diskette: http://www.bootdisk.com/plan120512/drdflash.exe
    Then extract the files from http://www.foxconnchannel.com/drive...el/Socket775/915GV7MH-S/BIOS/557F1P38_RLS.zip and put that on the diskette.

    Then reboot the system from the disk and enter AFU865.EXE and press Enter. Make sure you follow the directions.
     
  10. crjdriver

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    Have you replaced the cmos battery? If not, I would do so before doing anything else.
     
  11. Abriam26

    Abriam26 Thread Starter

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    Yes I bought a new battery (CR032) and replaced it.
    And it didn't work.
    Also tried to use the default settings in the BIOS itself.. (no luck)
    Also one temperature sensor is broken.
     
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