F1 -- The AMIBOOT.ROM file is not in the root directory
I then went to the MSI website and got the most recent BIOS for the notebook, and followed these steps:
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.
The only thing I did differently was use a USB stick instead of a floppy, and I heard no "4 beeps". I had no video so other than the activity light on the USB stick I had no way of telling what progress was being made on the reflashing. I left it about 20 - 30 minutes, rebooted, and everything worked perfectly. Now... I was using the laptop without a bettery (plugged into AC power), so after I got everything fixed up, I turned it off and put it aside for a few hours. I came back to it later and when I went to start it up, I had the same problem as before. I checked the CMOS battery and it was completely dead. I replaced it with a new battery, but now the flashing won't take. I am following the exact same steps I follwed before (that worked) but for some reason the activity light on the USB stick just keeps cycling on and off (in about 5 second on/off intervals). I've repeated the process 5 or 6 times, but nothing seems to work. I've left it running for over an hour... no flash. Can anybody help? Thanks.