Do I really need a floppy disk to do an upgrade bios?
Hi everyone I'm a newbie and I have a question. In order to do an upgrade bios I got to have an floppy disk right? I have a Asus p4s800d-x and it been given me problems. Everytime I start up my computer it give me a screen says Overclocking Failed! Please enter Setup to re-configure your system.Press F1 to Run SETUP Press F2 to load default values and continue.
Right now I"m thinking about doing upgrade bios but my question is do I need a floppy disk in order to do it?
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Re: Do I really need a floppy disk to do an upgrade bios?
Hi dragon512, mewms & I both know you are a bit green. Doing a flash on your board will most likely kill your bios. Only people with a bit more technical know how attempt flashing a bios. Neither of us knows, at the moment if your bios even needs to be flashed. So before you jump lets walk a little........... If you have windows XP home installed & it is not completly updated when you press the reset button on your case there is a good chance your PC will not shut down or restart like a WinXP Pro system will. Win XP Pro will shut down window correctly. XP Home will cut windows off & restart your PC. That is why you are getting; Press F1 to Run SETUP Press F2 to load default values and continue. I'll bet you when you press F1 windows run's checkdisk every time! If you want to restart your computer you click the Start button, than click shut down. A pop-up loads in the center of your desktop & you click what you want your PC to do. Shut Down or Restart or Standby. Than you click on it. I promise if you stop touching the reset button on your PC and let windows do the work for you. Your PC will run just fine. A bit of information about Asus. A new (updated) bios cost $5.00. The call to Asus to order the new bios will cost less than $3.00. Shipping will cost you about $1.50. Far less than a floppy drive or a USB drive. Asus number for a new bios: 510-739-3777 Turn on your monitor, than turn on your PC. As soon as you see video display press the Pause/Break key on your keyboard. That will freeze your system so you can look at your screen. Listed there is the bios version. Write is down on paper. Than go to Asus for your board. Click the link I have posted: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=P4S800D-X&SLanguage=en-us
Click the + sign to the left of BIOS. Check what you have written down to what is on Asus web site. It is recommended never to flash a bios unless there is something a new bios will fix. Keep that in mind.
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anaging and updating your BIOS
The following utilities allow you to manage and update the motherboard
Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup.
ASUS EZ Flash
(Updates the BIOS using a floppy disk during POST.)
(Updates the BIOS in DOS mode using a bootable floppy
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
(Updates the BIOS using a bootable floppy
disk or the motherboard support CD when the BIOS file fails or gets
(Updates the BIOS in Windows
Refer to the corresponding sections for details on these utilities.
prepare the motherboard support CD or the floppy disk containing the updated motherboard BIOS before using this utility.
• Make sure that you rename the original or updated BIOS file in the
floppy disk to K8NVM.ROM.
Recovering the BIOS from the support CD
To recover the BIOS from the support CD:
1. Remove any floppy disk from the floppy disk drive, then turn on the
2. Insert the support CD to the optical drive.
3. The utility displays the following message and automatically checks
the floppy disk for the original or updated BIOS file.
4. Restart the system after the utility completes the updating process.
DO NOT shut down or reset the system while updating the BIOS! Doing
so can cause system boot failure!
more details read http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/sock754/K8N-VM/e2537_k8n-vm.pdf
if you are able to enter the BIOS: try to load default BIOS settings and saving.
if you cannot enter the BIOS, you may try downloading the latest BIOS version firmware from the manufacturer's website. to do so, you need another computer with a floppy disk drive. download the package and run it, usually a wizard will guide you through the process. this will result in a bootable floppy, from which you should boot to 'upgrade' the BIOS in your pc...
Have you tried resetting the CMOS? Often, after upgrading BIOS you need to clear the CMOS and re-setup to handle the new features. You should have a jumper to clear CMOS, or you can remove the power from the system and remove the battery for a few seconds to clear it.
Start your computer.
Enter BIOS SETUP.
Select "Boot Order".
Configure to make the CD/DVD the *FIRST* boot-device.
Put the Windows CD/DVD into the drive.
Save/Exit from BIOS SETUP.
Your computer will restart, and will "boot" from the Windows disk in CD/DVD drive.
The real question is why and truly if you need to upgrade your BIOS. You should avoid unless you have a specific reason to do so. Secondly you can use alternate methods to upgrade such as a bootable CD, which you can use several programs to create. UltraISO is one and a free trial is available.. The resulting disk will start on boot the same as the OS disk would self start. You should also check your Boot sequence to ensure the read of the bootable CD as priority 1. The bios update needs to occur in Dos, rather than through Windows. Look here for exact instructions fron ASUS: http://support.asus.com/technicaldocuments/technicaldocuments.aspx?root=198&SLanguage=en-us
And look here for Bios update files: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us. Good Luck!
In order to update your Bios, you need to have a bootable diskette. First make sure your 1st boot sequence is Floppy Disc. Place a bootable floppy, if you don't have one just do it by using unused floppy. Right click on 31/2 Floppy (A:), choose Format, then tick the box "Create an MS-DOS Startup Disk". Once finished use this disk to boot your system. After the system completed the boot process, replace your boot disk with your upgrade disk. Type the require command to update your bios. Good Luck