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Archaeo-IT: problem in upgrading BIOS on Intel CC820 motherboard

Could someone help me with this please?
I have a rather "mature" PC with a CC820 MoBo, PIII, 512Mb RAM. The system has been happily running XP but now I would like to install Linux. When trying Ubuntu, both the normal version and the alternate one with text-based installation, I got a warning concerning the BIOS (P06), which is pre-year-2000 and hence not compatible. I tried anyway but the installation does not complete and stops at 76%. I have been looking on the Intel site and found a BIOS upgrade (P09). I have two questions:

  1. There is definitely something wrong I am doing in the upgrade procedure since the system seems to boot from A: but then stops and asks for a boot disk in A:. I think I have followed all the instructions: format a: /s or equiv.; unzip P09-bio.exe in a directory; take bios.exe and unzip it; copy all resulting files to a: ; boot from a: . It does not seem to work.
  2. On the web I see claims that you can upgrade the BIOS to P16 on the CC820 but the board in not on the P16 compatibility list. Any idea?

Thanks in advance for any suggestion. Cheers.

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  • Fabio May 16, 2009

    Just to clarify, I have not yet managed to upgrade the BIOS. Same goes for Linux installation.

    The HDD has indeed been overwritten but I can reinstall XP if necessary.

    The problem is how to upgrade the BIOS. The instructions on the .exe file are not that clear.

  • Fabio May 16, 2009

    Thanks Sodeep!
    Just to explain a bit more, the old computer has now no OS.
    I am using another VISTA-based computer to make a boot floppy with the upgrade procedure. So far I have used this environment just to unpack the Intel P09-bios.exe file and copy the BIOS upgrade files on the boot floppy .................... that does not seem to boot.

  • Fabio May 16, 2009

    Hi again Sodeep. Formatting the floppy with the system on it is not a problem. If I just do that (as you correctly guessed, on another computer) the "old" pc would boot correctly from the floppy and end up with the dear old C> prompt.
    It is the rest of the procedure which is tricky. If I follow the instructions (and I am not at all sure I do this correctly) I find on the Intel site or in the P09-bios.exe file then something happens to the floppy.
    Now you tell me the P09-bios.exe can be run directly from Windows, but that only dumps a number of unpacked files on e.g. my desktop. Furthermore, one of the resulting files, bios.exe, is in turn a self-unpacking archive which also results in a number of self-standing files (autoexec.bat; a few .com files, etc.).
    The point is how do I get all this stuff (and which files exactly) on my bootable floppy and obtain something that boots and upgrades the BIOS.

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Okay try this, put the floppy into the drive on the vista machine. Go into my computer and where the a: drive is, right click on it and choose format. It will come up to another box and there should be an option to make it a system disk or something like that. Check the box and then let it format the floppy disk.

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    The boot disk needs to be made bootable with system files. do you have another machine that you can put a boot disk in? I can walk you thru the steps to make it bootable.

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    If the hard drive was formatted then you won't be able to boot up into windows or Ubuntu for that matter.

    Since you upgraded the BIOS go into there and make sure the cd drive is the first boot device and try installing ubuntu again.



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ABIOS upgrade should be done using the Administrator login option and the upgrade should run immediately after download and ask for restart. While start-up enter BIOS and again reset all settings, even default or failsafe settings.If you are stll unable to install Linux, do so on a virual drive in one partition..........sodeep

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  • Sudeep Chatterjee
    Sudeep Chatterjee May 16, 2009

    First of all reinstall XP and then proceed to upgrade the BIOS from the net, it will start as soon as you run that exe file and request a reboot to complete that installation. Now the BIOS upraded, try installing Linux from the bootable CD(Linux) as a clean i or dual boot. Once BIOS is upgraded it stores the information in the CMOS, so installationor uninstalling any OS because with the help of the battery on the MB it will retain the data...................sodeep

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    Sudeep Chatterjee May 16, 2009

    That will not do. How do you copy it on a floppy disk and install that upgrade if there is no OS present? Just install XP/98/2000 or Vista, upgrade BIOS and after its settings have been saved in the CMOS will you be able to install Linux since it need that upgraded version to INSTALL. Hope I am clear..spdeep



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