Cant flash my BIOS... strange things....

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lifewing
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When I try to flash my BIOS with AwdFlash.EXE, it goes through all the steps successfully, but then when I reset the machine i.......





dont have a new BIOS!!!!
it just does the same thing as usual.... same old Award Modular BIOS version 4.51PG

im using awardflasher 737...

anyone have a solution/alternative?

thanks in advance
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1. What is the release date and BIOS id string of your current BIOS?
2. What is the release date of your new BIOS?
3. Did you enable BIOS flashing in your CMOS setup?

Note - "4.51 PG" won't change; just the release date.
Flash your BIOS at your own risk.
lifewing
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hmmm... i learn something new about BIOSs every day...
well my 'old' one i remember was 05/07/1999 and my 'new' one is also 05/07/1999

do you think you can give me a little guide on how to enable BIOS flashing?
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Try some other version of awdflash (older).
Patched and tested BIOSes are at http://wims.rainbow-software.org
UniFlash - Flash anything anywhere
ajzchips
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Looks like you're trying to flash the very same release :(
lifewing
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can anyone give me a link to a nice old version (5.00 would apparently work) of AWDFLASH.EXE ? The one on this website doesn't work :(
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could you give us the complete string of what is currently flashed on your system so we can check if you don't already have the latest version available?
lifewing
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sure ok:

05/07/1999-i440BX-ITE867-2A69KV3IC-00
BIOS-I-2M (90507A)
Award Modular Bios v4.51PG

is one of those what you are looking for?
edwin
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Yep the first one.

This means you have a PcPartner/Vtech board, we need two more things.

1. a 35-8xxx-xx number printed on the top surface of your board, it can be in fine print and is usually found near the CPU slot/socket

2. The brand of your clock generator IC which can be ICW or Winbond. It is one of the smaller chips on your motherboard.

ICW should have W144 somewhere
Winbond should have W83194R-39A somewhere.

Once we have this information we can point you to the right variant of the bios. There are three for this particular bios.
lifewing
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35-8839-03
and its the Winbond one

I saw that W.........-39.

there ya go :wink:
edwin
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download location:
http://www.pcpartner.com.hk/bios/i440.htm

BXA839D, the 2K001120 variant.

once you have downloaded the zip file and unpacked it, there's a note.txt file which tells you to use the B1120IAG.BIN


how-to:
http://www.pcpartner.com.hk/faq/bios.htm
lifewing
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i know, I flashed that file, but my BIOS doesn't change! :(((((

the flasher goes through all steps successfully, no errors anywhere, but upon resetting the machine, my old 05/07/1999 BIOS still remains!
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Search high and low in your BIOS settings and check you have disabled any 'Flash BIOS Protection' setting (it's worth having this setting enabled at all times to prevent viruses - like the CIH virus - flashing your BIOS and killing it!). Check your Motherboard manual to see if you need to move a jumper that's protecting the BIOS from being flashed.

When I flashed my BIOS, I searched the CD ROM that came with my Motherboard and found the flash program on there, which I used to flash the new file into the BIOS.

Hope it all goes well. Good luck.
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