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Tekram TR-824: cannot update BIOS

I have Tekram TR-824 adapter working fine with 2*250Gb SATA WD HDDs. I've bought 2*750Gb SATA WD drives. Both can be recognized by on-motherboard SATA adapter but each one o fthem (and both together) cause hang-up of TR-824 on computer boot-up. I thought the old BIOS firmware version I have ( is the reason and tried to update the BIOS. No one program I tried can help (including flash82x.exe from disk).
Chip: Sil 3114CTU
Flash: WinBond w39L040P-70B
No one program can determine the flash memory type, I guess.

Can enybody help with the flashing program or with the overal situation solution?

Thanks in advance,
Eugene Polyan aka MEPhIzik

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Download from "UpdFlash" and

Posted on Sep 02, 2010

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    Download from "UpdFlash" and

    new bios [r5403.bin].

    • Download the latest copy of the FreeDOS kernel from internet,[]
    • Unpack the archive, change directories to where you unzipped it, insert a formatted diskette in a: drive, and then run the install batch file from there. That should make a bootable floppy drive in “a:”
    • Copy the UpdFlash.exe program file and BIOS binary[r5403.bin] file to “a:”

    • Boot from the floppy, run UpdFlash to load flash memory with BIOS binary code

    Under FreeDOS select "2. AMD 29F040B 4Mb compatible" (for WINBOND 39L040).

    Said works.


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