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I need to upgrade my motherboard's BIOS so I can support my new CPU, but I'm a little stuck at ASRock's steps. I need to know like by tomorrow...

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»Updating BIOS Procedures
  1. Create a bootable system USB pen drive.
  2. Download an updated ASRock BIOS file (WinZip format with .zip file extension) from the web site, unzip the BIOS file and save all files to the drive you created in step 1.
  3. Boot from the disk you created in step 2.
  4. At the "A:\" prompt, type BIOSfile.exe, then press . For example: A:\P55DX_1.60.exe then you will see a message "Please wait for BIOS loading ROM".
  5. After 30 seconds, you will see the message "Program ended normally", then you have finished upgrading the BIOS.
  6. After finishing upgrading the BIOS, restart your system and press to enter the BIOS setup utility during boot up.
  7. In Exit menu, please select "Load Default Settings" and press to continue.
  8. Select "Exit Saving Changes" and press to exit the BIOS setup utility.
  9. Now, system is booting up with new BIOS.
Now, what tool should I use for step 1? I don't want to take any risks, so I was wondering on what I should use.

Thanks! biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 10
get a flash drive.
download the bios file,unzip and place all those files on disk
restart system and boot to bios and maybe have a option to flash mb bios(not familiar with asrock)
im guessing a prompt will than come out and you enter your they name or whatever..in this steps, BIOSfile.exe
wait for the flash...(dont turn off or anything..you will corrupt)
rest should be common sense.
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post #3 of 10
You can use a USB Stick and boot from it.
Practically you can use the files made for a Me/XP Start-up Boot Diskete and with USB HP Format Tool ,to convert them on the USB Stick
On the same stick you place the flash exe from AMI or Award and the BIOS file.
Then you boot from the stick and run the flashing like:
flash.exe[space]biosfilename

If it feels to hard to do -> DON T DO IT ,ask someone that knows !
   
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post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by kmouze;12849080 
get a flash drive.
download the bios file,unzip and place all those files on disk
restart system and boot to bios and maybe have a option to flash mb bios(not familiar with asrock)
im guessing a prompt will than come out and you enter your they name or whatever..in this steps, BIOSfile.exe
wait for the flash...(dont turn off or anything..you will corrupt)
rest should be common sense.
The thing is, the only file they have is just the exe flasher file. Nothing ese.
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Originally Posted by Dromihetes;12851218 
You can use a USB Stick and boot from it.
Practically you can use the files made for a Me/XP Start-up Boot Diskete and with USB HP Format Tool ,to convert them on the USB Stick

On the same stick you place the flash exe from AMI or Award and the BIOS file.
Then you boot from the stick and run the flashing like:
flash.exe[space]biosfilename

If it feels to hard to do -> DON T DO IT ,ask someone that knows !

Yeah, that's what I need help with. I can do everything else.

I might have to flash in Windows and hope for the best. frown.gif
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post #5 of 10
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Would it be safe to use a CD?
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post #6 of 10
Don t do the thing untill you know all procedures of flashing and recovering.

Yes you can use a CD ,the guys on MSI forum were giving some info for such generic procedure.Go and research over there ,take your time ,but don t bother to ask as you don t have a msi mobo and the thread will be locked.
That s what i hate regarding some vendors ,BIOS update is a nightmare.

From windows is risky ,but it can be done.Antivirus software ,firewalls,tweaking tools and viruses can perturb the process though and brick your mobo.To much luck factor involved.
   
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post #7 of 10
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Alright, seems like it doesn't matter what tool I use right? As long as I can launch the flasher's exe?

What about WinPE? Can I do a BIOS flash from there?
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I've always used the 98SE one from this site: http://www.allbootdisks.com/download/iso.html. I don't think WinPE would work, you need to be in DOS.
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post #9 of 10
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I actually just found this really good guide, right here. Going to try it out in the morning, I'll report back. wink.gif
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Couldn't get the flasher to run, ended up just flashing in Windows. All went well. smile.gif
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