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Windows 7: Possible to re-install the BIOS?

18 Aug 2010   #1
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
Possible to re-install the BIOS?

I have this old laptop that i am trying to install an OS on.

The problem is that it is unable to read anything from the installation disks. I have tried g-parted to reformat the partitons to NTFS so that windows can install.

My question is is it possible to simply re-install a clean BIOS - I reckon that is what the problem is....

Thanks!


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18 Aug 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello lister.





What OS are you trying to install and where did the install disk come from.
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18 Aug 2010   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

It's possible to flash (reinstall) the BIOS, but I wouldn't call it simple if there is no OS on it. What makes you think it is the BIOS and not something else?

+1 on barefootkids questions.
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18 Aug 2010   #4
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

If it's an old notebook, then you probably can't boot off of a USB. And if it can't read the optical drive, you can't boot off of that. Does it have a floppy drive (I remember those - lol)? If so, does that work? Just need something to boot off of to flash the bios. Can you get into your bios?
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18 Aug 2010   #5
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
It's possible to flash (reinstall) the BIOS, but I wouldn't call it simple if there is no OS on it. What makes you think it is the BIOS and not something else?

+1 on barefootkids questions.
Actually you can flash a bios without an OS on the drive. You can have a bootable flash install, or you can have a boot disk. When the bios is flashed, it has nothing to do with the hd (well it does, but only later).
-1 for me?
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18 Aug 2010   #6
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
It's possible to flash (reinstall) the BIOS, but I wouldn't call it simple if there is no OS on it. What makes you think it is the BIOS and not something else?

+1 on barefootkids questions.
Actually you can flash a bios without an OS on the drive. You can have a bootable flash install, or you can have a boot disk. When the bios is flashed, it has nothing to do with the hd (well it does, but only later).
-1 for me?
It's pretty common for manufacturers to make an executable that can be launched from within Windows, which makes the process very simple. To load a DOS based os on a flash drive you have to have a flash drive that will actually supports it (not all of them do). Then there is the process of actually getting it all set up and working. That is why I say it isn't something I would call "simple".
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18 Aug 2010   #7
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
It's possible to flash (reinstall) the BIOS, but I wouldn't call it simple if there is no OS on it. What makes you think it is the BIOS and not something else?

+1 on barefootkids questions.
Actually you can flash a bios without an OS on the drive. You can have a bootable flash install, or you can have a boot disk. When the bios is flashed, it has nothing to do with the hd (well it does, but only later).
-1 for me?
It's pretty common for manufacturers to make an executable that can be launched from within Windows, which makes the process very simple. To load a DOS based os on a flash drive you have to have a flash drive that will actually supports it (not all of them do). Then there is the process of actually getting it all set up and working. That is why I say it isn't something I would call "simple".
True. I was thinking of something more like BartPe.
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18 Aug 2010   #8
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
Actually you can flash a bios without an OS on the drive.

-1 for me?
True.

+1
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