View Full Version : Updating bios question
August 26th, 2001, 07:54
Well, I got a gigabyte motherboard. Yeah Yeah, I know you guys don't like it but when someone doesn't have enough money to buy better ones errrr. :D
Gigabyte does have their own program to update " Bios " called @bios like many of you know. My questions if it's safe to update bios with this little program ? I've heard that updating bios is really hard to do. Has anyone done this before with a gigabyte motherboard ? Thanks in advance :D
August 26th, 2001, 18:32
While people generally diss win32 flashing tools, they are quite useful, and not as **** as they were in the past..
August 28th, 2001, 20:35
Gigabyte makes both fine motherboards for enthusiasts as well as micro boards for OEM's. They aren't so bad.
Updating the BIOS isn't so hard to do, assuming you have a boot disk that boots to dos (win95/win98 boot disk). You merely need to be aware that if your computer fouls up for any reason during the flashing, it's quite probable that the motherboard will be unusable unless it's bios chip is replaced with a working one. Read the instructions on your motherboard manufacturers site and follow them carefully.
I recommend not flashing your bios while your computer is overclocked, and don't flash from floppy disk which have a habit of failing. Obviously, don't flash in the middle of a thunderstorm either :)
August 29th, 2001, 01:44
as the guys told you its a dangerous thing to do (you could get your mobo totally off if some thing goes wrong)
but any way ill help you with it since i have done it about 40-50 times before.(i work in a maintenance section in a computers company and bios's is one of my specialties)
you have to boot from a reliable floppy disk and you must boot a command.com only which means no memory drivers must be loaded or a part of your bios might not be flashed right.
ill give you a hint ... when booting from a win 95-98 disk press at the very begining F8 and continue presing until you see a menu ,
chose ..safe mode command prompt only .
this will do.
and there is another thing that you need to check, you need to switch off the cache from the bios settings menu (for safety). and... NO OVERCLOCKING.
that should keep you safe .
ah... dont forget to post about what happens with you
August 29th, 2001, 02:27
Why switch off the cache? And what cache do you mean, L1/L2/L3, or a cache of the bios (shadowing)?
August 29th, 2001, 06:10
I did it on sunday, guys thanks a lot !!!!
It was easier than I thought. With gigabyte's @bios program, it was really easy. I didn't have to switch to ms-dos. I just did it in the windows enviroment.
Thank to all you guys for helping me :D
cdburnout, phuzzi, mr2000jp to allllllllllllllllllllllllll :)
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