flashing a BIOS *
> When should I consider flashing my BIOS?
It has to be an absolute necessity. Never flash a BIOS when everything works fine!
- Generally after adding new hardware, if it's
not recognized by the motherboard.
> Amibios, Phoenix, Award, American Megatrends... which version to choose?
- First of all, note down your BIOS reference. It is displayed right after powering on your PC, otherwise it appears in the BIOS editor. You can access it by pressing ESC, DEL, or other function keys...The relevant key is generally displayed as soon as your computer boots up. Note down the BIOS reference, the manufacturer (AMIBIOS, PHOENIX, AWARD...) and the version date.
Connect to your BIOS or motherboard manufacturer's website. Find the
manual supplied with your PC, it contains your motherboard reference.
Let the search phase begin! It is often difficult -sometimes impossible-
to find a BIOS file even with all this info. Don't give up.
What is the procedure?
- Once you have a proper BIOS version, insert
the disk and reboot.
If your PC doesn't boot on a floppy, you have to get to the BIOS editor first. Change the settings so that the A: drive be the first starting drive. Now all you have to do is replace the current BIOS file by it's update. In most cases, this procedure is completed through an .exe that promps you for the location of the file, then does the rest. If you are asked to, don't hesitate to backup your existing BIOS version. You never know...
Under no circumstances should you interrupt the flashing process. Make
sure that no power failure can occur (don't do anything on a stormy day).
Don't restart/power off your PC until the procedure is fully complete.
Eject the disk, power off then on after ten seconds.
I get a series of error messages on-screen, I carry on reading...
My PC doesn't restart properly, what can I do?
At restart, go back to the BIOS editor to reconfigure
some settings according to your hardware. Set all IDE peripherals to
You will rarely be given a second chance. But in such a case, restore the former BIOS (if you backed it up), or contact The Knights of the Boot©.
Savoury (and genuine) story: a guy calls Technical Support.
He's bought a second-hand laptop (a 2150 from Gateway). First thing he
did was flashing the BIOS to boost up his PC (?!), as recommended in some
computers magazines. The problem is he flashed with a version for a 2100
* The Knights of Boot© disclaim any responsibility for any damage arising as a result of the implementation of these instructions.