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Update for 07/18/2000 694X-686A-6A6LJ I3BC-00 (Iwill?)?

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:18 pm
by ChrisP
Installing Windows XP hangs in the middle of Driver installation. I suspect an out-of-date BIOS (v6.00PG on Setup Page).

Wim'sBIOS reports 6A6LJ as VIA 694X/686A (Apollo Pro 133A), but nothing with the 7/18/00 date and I3BC code is in the table, probably because the manufacturer is Iwill and they have gone out of business.

The Iwill CD says it's for VD133PL. Is there an update for this BIOS which will allow XP to be installed?

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:12 am
by edwin
I think I have a 20/10/2000 one somewhere, have to check and verify though.

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:33 am
by edwin
This is weird.
VD133Pro/34231A (Oct.20.2000)
Can you please check if you can find that 34231A marking somewhere?

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:32 am
by ChrisP
My BIOS Page says

VD133PL/34234B Jul 18 2000

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:22 pm
by KenH
Looks like I've archived the entire I-will sight in April 2006, or so I've written
on the DVD backup of it...

Here's the download of the latest released bios..
I have the manual too if you want it... let me know..!

Just opened it up to confirm it was the right one before posting...
Whilst yours is 34234B, this one's 34234A, yet it's in the VD133PL folder,
as downloaded from the I-Will FTP...


here's the readme.txt of the bios's in that folder...

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Date	    By	 File		Desciption	
Model : VD133PL/34234A

10/20/00   ALN	VPL1020A00.BIN 	Fixed PCI IRQ manual assign fail.
				Added a option "256MB" for aperture size.
				Added a option "Fast Write".
06/27/00   ALN	VPL0627A00.BIN 	Removed unused items "Bank Dram Timing".
				Added an option to set BankInterleave by SPD.
06/12/00   ALN	VPL0612A00.BIN 	Added item to support BankInterleave.
05/23/00   ALN	VPL0523A00.BIN 	Fixed system hang at 2Bh or 26h after flash
				bios with /CC .
				Added support VIA Samuel.
				Remove ratio "X2.5" option.
				Remove "USB Port 1" option.
04/28/00   ALN	VPL0428A00.BIN 	Fixed system hang at C1h after clear cmos.
				Set VT694X 50h(7) to 1 for better performance.
				Fixed dram run "Host CLK" after clear cmos.
03/13/00   ALN	VPL0313A00.BIN 	Init. BIOS for VD133PL.

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:52 pm
by ChrisP
Thanks, KenH, for your prompt reply. I have downloaded the BIOS file from RapidShare, but I am not familiar with these sites. The file has extension .rar, which I don't have an application to open. How do I do it?

I would like to get the manual you are offering, as well as the Award BIOS Flash Utility Download and the How to use it PDF. My BIOS flashing has been restricted to straighforward updates of Dell machines. I can't figure out how to get this stuff from ImageShack.

I mistakenly concealed my email address - < removed >
I think I have fixed this.

Edit - Removed e-mail address. KW

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:41 pm
by KenH
I was just about to send you the updated bios again, when I thought I
should have another look at it with another bios editor, just to be safe...
& whilst it's similar to yours, eg:34234A instead of 34234B, I might
hang off using it just yet...
I'd wait a bit & see what others here have to say 1st...
The string in the VD133PL bios update is almost the same as the one edwin
posted above,

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Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
VD133PL/34234A (Oct.20.2000)