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Windows 7: Help reflashing my mobo!!!

28 Jan 2011   #11

Windows 7 Professional X64 Build 7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)

I have never, ever had any issues flashing a BIOS, but I've always used the DOS method since it's the safest and most reliable. I have flashed a BIOS with firmware updates around 40 times or so over the past 10 years.

I use an external floppy drive to do it with these days. Now with Gigabyte motherboards they have a feature in the BIOS itself to do it from there and that works very well too.

The secret is to not interrupt the BIOS Flash and make sure the power doesn't go out either. Yes, you can revert back to the previous BIOS and you should be good to go.

Many times a BIOS firmware update is needed, especially since the release of Windows 7 and such.

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29 Jan 2011   #12

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

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29 Jan 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

ok the bios from hp is an .exe i can get the .ROM file from it i will also put botht the .EXE fille and the .ROM file in the floppy just in case.

Will it affect the process or what?

Or should i just have one file only?

If just one file, which one? The .EXE or the .ROM?
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29 Jan 2011   #14

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Just the .exe if the file is from HP. That should be the "Flash Bios" self running program.

Follow these steps:
  • Copy the .exe to a formatted, blank floppy disk (nothing else on the disk)
  • Ensure that the "Flash Bios" floppy disk is in the floppy drive.
  • Push the button and start the computer and let it go. The system should boot from the floppy disk and start the .exe without any user input.
  • (If the Flash Bios program does not start, and you only see an A:\ prompt you would then need to type the filename (FILENAME.EXE) and press ENTER.)
  • The message "Press any key to continue" appears > Press the ENTER key
  • The message "Press Y to replace old BIOS with the new BIOS" appears > Press the Y key.
  • When the BIOS flash is complete, the message "Flash program successful. Press any key to reboot" appears
  • Remove the floppy disk from the floppy drive > and then hit any key.
  • The computer will now restart with the new BIOS installed
The above step-by-step is from DELL. The HP program is very similar. Only the wording is different.

If the system does not boot the floppy drive (the .exe program doesn't start and there is no A:\ prompt) it could be because the boot order has the floppy disk last in line. You can disconnect the HDD and the CD/DVD drive and then boot in that case.

It is very important not to interrupt the system during this process. Refrain from touching any keys on the keyboard, moving the mouse, or interrupting the power to the system or any devices connected to it (printers, etc). When you push the button to start the system, push your chair back at least 2 times your arm's length and fold your arms across your chest and don't move until you are instructed on screen to do something. And then only do that thing.

Good luck!
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29 Jan 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Thanks will report back as soon as i am done and i will let you guys know if it was successful or not.
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