Flash utilities using Windows XP

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rogleale
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Hi All,
I'm using a K7S5A ECS board with an AMI Bios which I would like to flash update. I have tried using a boot floppy created using XP and another using Drd flash from Bootdisk. Both boot into Dos OK then I get the following message:
DOS/4G Protected Mode Run-time Version 2.01a
Chipset Type SIS 735
Flash part - Winbond 49F002U
Error 2 - File does not exist

Can anyone point out my mistake? I have tried using the bios chb1129
from OCWorkbench and the K7S5A 021029 from ECS using both aminf333
and drdflash.
Grateful for any help,

rogleale
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Just checking:
You are using an autoexec.bat file with a single line that says something like "aminf333 chb1129.rom" ? (please post the full command line)
The BIOS file is not read-only ?
There is no config.sys ?
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http://www.ecs.com.tw/download/flash_ami.htm

Better use the chb1129.rom file - the known best Bios for the good old K7S5A
rogleale
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NickS, Denniss,
I followed the link to ECS but I had already viewed it. In XP the format function does not give any results on completion, but reading the floppy afterwards it has the following files:
System: Display, Keybrd 1,2,3,4. & keybrd (MS-DOS)
CPI : EGA 1, 2, 3.
Others: Mode - MS-DOS app.
No config-sys

To these I added aminf333 and chb1129.rom
I booted and used the command line:
A:\>aminf333 chb1129.rom

Any ideas?

Roger
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flasher is CaSe SeNsItIvE. Do a dir ch*.rom and check if it is in ALL CAPS. If so, use CHB1129.ROM in the aminf333 line.
edwin/evasive

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edwin wrote:flasher is CaSe SeNsItIvE. Do a dir ch*.rom and check if it is in ALL CAPS. If so, use CHB1129.ROM in the aminf333 line.
Are you sure? I doubt that the flasher is case sensitive in an DOS environment.

I'm surprised Denniss didn't mention the format bug under XP with (very) early versions of the K7S5A BIOS.

@ rogleale
What is the actual BIOS version running on the K7S5A?
Did you create/format the boot floppy from XP on a drive connected to the K7S5A?
If you did so, try creating the boot floppy on an other PC (w/o config.sys and autoexec.bat).

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The flasher is case sensitive, this has tripped many other users in the past.
edwin/evasive

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edwin wrote:The flasher is case sensitive, this has tripped many other users in the past.
Never noticed that - so I guess I always "tripped" on the sunny side ;-)

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rogleale
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Edwin was right!
After a long delay I plucked up the courage to try again, typed >AMIN333F CHB1129.ROM, and it worked perfectly.

The DOS boot disk was made using Windows XP and caused no problems.

Roger
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rogleale wrote:After a long delay I plucked up the courage to try again, typed >AMIN333F CHB1129.ROM, and it worked perfectly.
I'll assume that was >AMINF333 CHB1129.ROM :wink:
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