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Hey

I was just wondering if anyone has successfully updated the bios for this mobo, iv tryed the MSI/AMI and Acer websites, the bios i got off the acer site for my system said the ROM ID was incorrect, the bios i got off the MSI website flashed successfully, but the OS wouldn't load so i had to revert to my original version which is AMI R01-A1. The lack of OC options in my current version is pretty bad like.

Im using a Win98 startup disc with the ROM/.exe & a batch file to flash from,
Any advice or recommendation would be greatly appreciated to be honest, and thanks alot in advance.
Edited by Asmodean - 3/9/11 at 3:11am
post #2 of 14
MSI motheboards should be updated via the MSI HQ USB Tool for maximum safety.

1.So you go on the msi website and download the BIOS file.

Before downloading please make sure this is your motheeboard

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K9A2-CF.html#/?div=BIOS

2.Go and downlaod MSI HQ Tool from here ,you need to make an account to be able to access the download section: http://forum-en.msi.com/

3.If your mothebroard has a red heatsink on the CPU VRM (near the CPU socket) you have version 2 of the motherboard.
If your Mosfets are "in the air" you have version one and you will need to use 95 W TDP CPU-s maximum.Don t search the versions on MSI website they left only one as you see in the picture.

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post #3 of 14
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Thanks alot for the reply Dromihetes, iv seen that MSI USB Tool before but i assumed it was for windows based flashing, nice1, i'll try that i think when i get home from work and il post again to say if it worked, thanks again.
post #4 of 14
Glad to help you
If you have question regarding the tool ask Svet on the msi forum ,he is the one that made it.

All you need to do now is to have a good USB stick because not all will boot.

When using the tool with some antivirus software you may get some fake alerts ,this is because the guy protects his work with some encryption.

HP Format Tool should be used prior to the MSI tool ,to format the stick properly -> http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...mat-Tool.shtml .

It should take you 5 minutes to do it.
Just load BIOS defaults prior to update and after the update to avoid issues.
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post #5 of 14
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Was having a look at my mobo there and it defo has the red heatsink on the CPU VRM you mentioned, so im assuming is V2 . Don't suppose you know how to tell if your board is OEM? was just reading the instructions for the msi usb tool, but it it mentioned about this OEM business, and frankly iv not even heard the term before lol, Thanks again, been a great help.
post #6 of 14
OEM means that the motherboard was build by MSI for some system integrator Medion ,HP or whatever they do them for.
The MSI OEM versions have AWARD bios instead of AMI from what i ve understood.Normally you wont update to a AMI bios if you have Award ,you don t know what could happen
If in your BIOS menu you see American Megatrends then you are ok.
Red heatsink = 125W TDP allowed
   
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post #7 of 14
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Ahhh I see, ah yeah its definitely an AMI bios ^^, hoping to upgrade system maybe mid to end summer, but im goin to try that USB Tool after work tommorow then, as id like to try get some more out of my cpu, its idling at ~18c atm like, yet i cant seem to OC it without it failing to post lol.
Just wanted to be sure about the rom file, as it took me ages to work up the courage to do it last time, then OS wouldnt load lol, yet again thanks for your quick reply, bit of a noob in regards to the grit of motherboards, +rep for ya
Edited by Asmodean - 3/9/11 at 2:12pm
post #8 of 14
Thank you for the +rep .
Just make sure that after the flash bios <-> load defaults cycle you set the SATA controller to what it was before the flash , to avoid windows loading issues.
If it was in SATA AHCI put it to SATA Ahci ,as by default ,after a bios clear CMOS , the BIOS goes to IDE Mode for the controller.Also the device boot order should be checked at the first new BIOS boot.
Good luck with the flash and enjoy !
The board is ok even now ,let s see what AMD will bring us this year .I hope whatever they make is better than what we had untill now for even better prices.
   
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post #9 of 14
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Didn't work , really don't know why tbh, v1D deffo doesnt work on my board tbh, i read/followed the MSI HQ USB Tool completely, same problem, blue screen flash on os load attempt, i double checked all settings to make sure the corresponding ones were the same, still no joy, really frustrating lol.
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Originally Posted by Asmodean View Post
Didn't work , really don't know why tbh, v1D deffo doesnt work on my board tbh, i read/followed the MSI HQ USB Tool completely, same problem, blue screen flash on os load attempt, i double checked all settings to make sure the corresponding ones were the same, still no joy, really frustrating lol.
So you can enter the BIOS after the flash ?!
Because if you can enter BIOS menu this means you had a proper flash.

Check peripherals SATA controller and see what mode is the HDD working in.

LE: the bios has a SATA ROM change .Make sure you also do a Clear CMOS from the jumper (with the PSU cable out of the outlet of course )

LE2: If you can t load Windows even if the BIOS seems ok by itself ,try and repair the windows installation ,but have in handy the drivers for the newest Floppy SB 600 drivers , in case you were using AHCI.

LE3: Check with only one RAM stick close to the CPU as well.

LE4: Don t worry in case the BIOS is simply crap ,Svet from MSI forum can help you get it back as it was once.
If you havent deleted the stick content it s very easy to do it ,as on the stick there is the old bios backup-ed.
Edited by Dromihetes - 3/11/11 at 2:18pm
   
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