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Windows 7: Problems updating bios

07 Sep 2010   #1
barend

Windows 7
 
 
Problems updating bios

What I used to do in XP was boot from dos, execute Afudos.exe and flash the .rom file for my Asus P5Q3-Deluxe-wifi motherboard.

This does not work anymore: ntfs cannot be accessed.
Tried the Asus cd that came with the motherboard, won't install in W7.
Now I don't really know how to flash a new bios.
Of course I checked out the Asus site, but it's a complicated mess and nothing can't be found on the subject...

Anyone?


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07 Sep 2010   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

There are several ways to do it.
1. Create a bootable dos floppy and do it from there.
2. If you don't have a floppy drive create a bootable CD or USB thumbdrive and flash from there.
I flashed my ASUS motherboard right from windows 7 x64. I just downloaded the latest (compatible) utility from the ASUS web sight.
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07 Sep 2010   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm surprised there's no Windows app to handle the BIOS flashing for your board. If that's true, the bootable USB flash drive is your ticket. There are plenty of free apps out there, HP being the most common, that will format a flash drive and make it bootable. Then copy your BIOS flash files to it, and boot from it.
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07 Sep 2010   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

The safest way to flash an ASUS BIOS, IMHO, is to use the EZ-FLASH 2 utility.

Go to the ASUS website and download the most current BIOS for your MB & OS.

Unzip the file, and copy the .ROM file to a FAT32 formated USB stick with no partitions. It is good practice to rename the file only-8-letters-long.ROM to read it easily in the BIOS.

Document all your existing BIOS settings.

Reboot, Press DEL, and enter the BIOS.

Go to the EXIT tab and Load the BIOS Defaults. (Always load the defaults before flashing a BIOS. Never flash a BIOS while overclocked!) Before restarting, plug in the USB stick so it will be recognized on reboot. Select Save & Exit.

Enter the BIOS again. Under the Tools menu > select EZ Flash 2. Use TAB to go L&R, ARROW KEYS to go up & Down - navigate to find the ROM file on the USB stick (Drive naming will be different than in OS). Once it is highlighted, press ENTER.

Supervise the flash, when it is done, Restart as requested. Unplug the USB stick while it is restarting.

Enter the BIOS again. Load the BIOS Defaults again. Then you can reenter your preferred BIOS settings you documented earlier. Select Save & Exit and you are done.

More detailed info here:
http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?...e=en-us&page=1
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07 Sep 2010   #5
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by barend View Post
What I used to do in XP was boot from dos, execute Afudos.exe and flash the .rom file for my Asus P5Q3-Deluxe-wifi motherboard.

This does not work anymore: ntfs cannot be accessed.
Tried the Asus cd that came with the motherboard, won't install in W7.
Now I don't really know how to flash a new bios.
Of course I checked out the Asus site, but it's a complicated mess and nothing can't be found on the subject...

Anyone?
Hi

In the old days, when you used a bios flash program like EZFlash, it has to have a programmed line in it mentioning the xxx.rom? you are trying to flash or it won't see it and fail.

Might be where you went wrong.

So, you have to match the flash program .rev to roughly when/just after the bios release date was!
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07 Sep 2010   #6
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I think the OP tried to install the BIOS update utility that was on the CD that came with the motherboard, and it wasn't compatible with windows 7. Thats the way I read it anyway. If so, like suggested, just download the latest version and go from there. Thats the way I flashed my BIOS.
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07 Sep 2010   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've said it many times before, but those included CDs are good for nothing more than being a drink coaster during your first build. The drivers and apps are always available online, in updated form. It would be nice to see them not even ship the discs, and instead include a piece of paper instructing the users to the website to download them. Too many people assume the disc will be up to date and work fine, and then when it doesn't, they assume there's a problem.
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07 Sep 2010   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The safest way to flash an ASUS BIOS, IMHO, is to use the EZ-FLASH 2 utility.

+1

This is what I've used to flash ASUS Mobo BIOS's and it's never failed me.
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07 Sep 2010   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The safest way to flash an ASUS BIOS, IMHO, is to use the EZ-FLASH 2 utility.

+1

This is what I've used to flash ASUS Mobo BIOS's and it's never failed me.
As long as you don't try downgrading to an earlier ASUS BIOS. I can't even get it to work with AFUDOS.

Oh well, the latest BIOS seems to be working properly now. After the &$%#@ re-install...
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07 Sep 2010   #10
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote:
As long as you don't try downgrading to an earlier ASUS BIOS. I can't even get it to work with AFUDOS.

Oh well, the latest BIOS seems to be working properly now. After the &$%#@ re-install...
Which board do you have?

My ASUS board is probably different than yours but this general idea may apply.

I bought this MB about a month ago. It has the 603? bios version.
If I go to ASUS the CPU listing says this should have the 700 version at least.
There is an 800, 900 I think and a 1000 version now.
ASUS said if it works with the 600 without problems DO NOT upgrade the bios.
IF and only IF there are problems then update the bios and make a copy of the old bios before installing the new which is an option in the bios to boot from if the new version does not work.

Just a thought.
Mike
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