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''Platform signature not found in the interface'' BIOS HELP!

Hi there im trying to recover the bios on my gigabyte GA-7DXE motherboard after foolishly trying to update it through windows.

Things i have done already:
i have removed everything (including cmos battery) and have the motherboard on a antistatic mat on my workbench with power supply and floppy drive connected.

I make a bootable floppy (in windows xp format utility) and add ''PHLASH16.exe, Autoexec.bat and the latest bios for my machine (renamed to bios.WPH).

i turn my motherboard setup on, i get a pheonix bootblock v1.0 screen,
it reads my floppy says ''echo off'' then swithches to the ''PHLASH 16'' interface, it reads the floppy to 80% then says

''Platform signature not found in the interface''

that is where i am.

is there anyone that can help me? i am fluent with computer hardware but not bios :P

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I remember a time when floppy disks were actually stable.

More than likely one or more things could be the cause of your headaches..

1) the floppy disk is flawed, or not properly formatted.
You can go to and download a utility that will write a windows98 boot disk to your floppy.. this method writes per cycles, and checks that the write has been successful, once written, and booted into, you should be able to swap the floppy disk out for one with your flash utility, and bios file on it.

2) the floppy drive could be faulty. I have seen several drives claim to have formatted a disk, but infact had not because the read / write head in the drive had gone bad over the years.

3) There may be a memory problem on your system, faulty, yet funtional memory modules are all too common. When you boot from a floppy, most times they store the " dos " operating system in memory to save time from reading the floppy disk again and again.

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