BIOS write protect issue

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ZeoKnight253
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So I recently dug out my old AMD K6-2 350 MHz and decided to give it some love and upgrades. It had been dismantled and the battery pulled a couple years ago, so unfortunately all of my original BIOS/CMOS settings had been cleared. Long story short, I rebuilt the system with the original parts and swapped the HDD with an SD to IDE adapter with a 32 GB SD card. I've seen the same adapter used in a 486 machine that worked wonders, hence why I decided to go this route. Not really seeing any great performance over having an older platter HDD and it has been acting up; crashing, not booting into Windows correctly.

I noticed that the BIOS has an update available on Wim's BIOS site, I tried to flash the bios and got hit with "Flash ROM is Write-Protected. Please make sure whether lockout jumpers is set to correct or not." This was using the DOS based Award Flasher tool. I was using 8.99, the most recent version but perhaps an earlier version might work better? The Winflash version of it is NT/2000 based and upon trying to install Windows 2K on my system, it froze, but I suspect that has to do with the plug & play IRQ stuff. That's a whole different issue.

I thought maybe updating the BIOS would fix some things (or brick the system altogether) but it won't let me do anything, other than backup my current BIOS.

The jumpers that are on the motherboard have nothing to do with the BIOS at all. Mainly voltage, CPU speed multipliers and the like. There's nothing I can find that would give me a way to change a jumper setting for this write protect it speaks of.

System specs with as much info as I can find:
Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG, for Apollo VPG AGP/PCI set
BIOS ID: 10/30/99-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEPA9C
BIOS chip: WINBOND 29EE011-15
Motherboard: EPoX EP-51 MVP3E-M
Processor: AMD K6-2 3D Now! 350MHZ
RAM: 1 stick of 128 MB SDRAM
OS: Windows 98 SE v4.10.2222
Primary Drive 1: 32gb SD card in SD to IDE adapter
Primary Drive 2: CD-RW drive
Secondary Drive 1: Iomega Zip Drive 100MB IDE
Other hardware installed: 3Dfx Voodoo 3 2000 AGP card, Creative Labs Sound Blaster AWE 64 ISA card, Netgear FA310TX PCI card

Yeah, I know DOSBox can bring all of the retro to life, but the system served me so well in the late 90s and I never had these kinds of problems with it. I really hope it isn't the system's way of telling me that it is on the way out, but if I can fix it up and bring it back to life, I'd really like to. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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