BIOS Note

Award Flash BIOS Procedure

  • First of all, please make a bootable floppy or USB storage.
  • Next go to MSI website to download BIOS zip file, then copy "AWFL865.exe" and "BIOS file" into bootable floppy or USB storage.
  • Please go to "BIOS Setup" and choose floppy or USB storage as 1st booting device under "Boot Sequence".
  • Under DOS mode, please type "awfl865 BIOS file name /py/sn/cc/cd" and it will be flashed successfully.
  • Finally, please go to "BIOS Setup" and click F6 to load Optimized Defaults after flashing BIOS finished.
  • If the system doesn't boot after flashing BIOS, please refer to the BIOS recovery method as described below.

AMI Flash BIOS Procedure

  • First of all, please make a bootable floppy or USB storage.
  • Next go to MSI website to download BIOS zip file, then copy "AFUD4281.exe" and "BIOS file" into bootable floppy or USB storage.
  • Please go to "BIOS Setup" and choose floppy or USB storage as 1st booting device under "Boot Sequence".
  • Under DOS mode, please type "afud4281 BIOS file name" and it will be flashed successfully.
  • Finally, please go to "BIOS Setup" and click F6 to load Optimized Defaults after flashing BIOS finished.
  • If the system doesn't boot after flashing BIOS, please refer to the BIOS recovery method as described below.

Flashing the BIOS for Users using NON FAT file system

  • Check your BIOS for BIOS FLASH Protection & "DISABLED" it, some boards have this function. For Example: K7T266 Pro (MS-6380) -BIOS setup/chipset setup/BIOS protection/disabled
  • Know Your model number
    a.
    Open your case and look for the MS-XXXX number on the motherboard between the PCI slots, also check the version number that is written there as well. (some motherboards are named like K7T Turbo, make sure you have the right version number)
    b. Boot up your system & take a look at the top left screen during POST, you should see something like "A6380MS v1.7 122101" This means the board is MS-6380 with BIOS version 1.7
    Hint : Many systems are clearing this message very fast, the bios version is then unreadable, you can either press "PAUSE" or disable the "Quick Boot" in the BIOS setup.
  • Download the BIOS that matches your motherboard AND version number (some motherboards are named like K7T Turbo; make sure you have the right version number). BIOS can be found by search. Just enter your version name at the search bar and press Enter key, and you will find the BIOS you want.
  • Extract the file you have downloaded to a floppy (not the win ME/98 startup floppy) by double clicking the file in windows mode and supplying the path a:\
  • Boot the computer using a windows ME or windows 98 startup disk. It must be one of these! A plain boot disk will not be good enough. If you do not have Windows ME or 98 to create the floppy you can make one on a friend's computer or download a self creating copy from a website such as www.bootdisk.com.
  • Once the computer has started booting from the disk an option menue will apeare on the screen with several options. Please select the option to boot with CDROM support and press the enter key.
  • When boot is done there will be a message on the screen showing :"Diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to drive" followed by a single letter. This letter is the leter assigned to the RAMDRIVE. This RAMDRIVE is a virtual drive in the system memory and can be accessed and controlled like any other drive with DOS commands such as: MD - Make Directory Copy - copy a file Delete - Delete a file There is one important difference which is that being in the system memory this drive is wiped once the computer is restarted or shut down.
  • Replace the startup floppy with the one containing the flash utility and bios ROM files previously extracted in windows.
  • Copy the 2 files to the RAMDRIVE by using the DOS command copy. Here is an example, in this example the flash utility is AWFL814B.EXE ,the ROM file is w6373nms.220 and the RAMDRIVE letter assignment is D copy awfl814b.exe d:\ copy w6337nms.220 d:\
  • Change the current working directory to the RAMDRIVE root directory, with the example case of the RAMDRIVE being drive D this is simply done with the command d:
  • Execute the flash utility with the ROM file as a command line argument, with this example: awfl814b w6373nms.220 If you wish to save the current bios you must specify the full path a:\filename. Specifying only a file name will save the bios to the RAMDRIVE which will be wiped after restarting the computer and the file will not be saved. a:\bios.old is an example of the correct way to save the bios.
  • Reboot your system when prompted.
  • If your system doesn't boot after you flashed, please refer to the BIOS recovery method as described.

BIOS Recovery Feature

For AMI BIOS

  1. Rename the desired AMI BIOS file to AMIBOOT.ROM and save it on a floppy disk. e.g. Rename A569MS23.ROM to AMIBOOT.ROM
  2. Insert this floppy disk in the floppy drive. Turn On the system and press and hold Ctrl-Home to force update. It will read the AMIBOOT.ROM file and recover the BIOS from the A drive.
  3. When 4 beeps are heard you may remove the floppy disk and restart the computer.

For Award BIOS

  1. Make a bootable floopy disk
  2. Copy the Award flash utility & BIOS file to the said floppy disk
  3. Create an autoexec.bat with "Award_Flash_Utility BiosFilename" in the content (e.g. awdfl823K w6378vms.130) Sample on how to create an autoexec:
    a. On Windows, open the notepad
    b. On the notepad, write "awdfl823K w6378vms.130" (without the " ")
    c. Save the file as autoexec.bat
  4. Boot up system with the said floppy (it will take less than 2 minutes before screen comes out)
  5. Re-flash the BIOS & reboot.