#49646 by sonichedgehog
Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:18 pm
Hi, first time here, and I've never flashed a BIOS before.

After long adventures blaming everything from HDD to next door's cat I now know I have an out of date BIOS and possibly even the wrong BIOS.

Trouble is... what have I got?

This is a 9 yr old Tiny. Stamped on the mainboard is MS6178 ver 1.1. I can't find that ver 1.1 anywhere.

ID string is 63-10b1-001169-00101111-071595-WHITNEY-1WHITNEY-H

I've ben looking in lots of places. Main one is http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...3&maincat_no=1
and also

and
http://support.asus.com/technicaldoc...Language=en-us
(that's good for advice on using the flash utility) and of course here.

That MS6178 wants an AWARD bios according to the website, latest 2.1, but I actually have AMI, v1.5. For the MS6183- I'm thinking the spec for the ver 1.1 may require the MS6183 bios??- latest is 1.7. There is also a MS6178E, but that has the same bios list AFAICT.

Checking against the ID string, it gets confusing. It's not listed where I checked http://www.wimsbios.com/faq/determinebiosupdate.jsp , closest reference I have so far is in http://www.wimsbios.com/phpBB2/topic8056.html.

2 questions really:
I tried the awdflash, in the "file name to program" I entered the name of the new BIOS, reply was "the program file's part number does not match with your system". I now know that I have to disable cache in BIOS & short across the lock terminals with jumper, adjacent to BIOS on mainboard. However it might be due to my identification problems. I think there's a way to override this but mainboards don't make very good ornaments do they?

And the main question- which BIOS should I try here?

If I end up exploding my mainboard, it's not my main computer anyway. But these boxes (I have several) can be quite good so I'd prefer to salvage this one if at all possible.

Thanks guys.