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Windows 7: bios flashing

12 Oct 2009   #21
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

There has to be a better way

Are you sure you need to update the bios? why?


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12 Oct 2009   #22
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
There has to be a better way

Are you sure you need to update the bios? why?
have a HD sound problem updating the bios fixes that problem
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12 Oct 2009   #23
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Gamer1238 I have an Asus P5N-d and just downloaded the Asus update. I ran it as
Administrator and it worked I went ahead and followed thru with the update bios since i already have the latest bios and the program advised me of this. So my question is have you tried or did you run the setup.exe as admin? And if so have you tried to run it thru properties>check run in compatibility mode> Vista.
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12 Oct 2009   #24
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1238 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
There has to be a better way

Are you sure you need to update the bios? why?
have a HD sound problem updating the bios fixes that problem
I have a different Asus mainboard, but it also uses EZ Flash 2. I prefer to use it rather than flashing the BIOS from within Windows.

(I have an external USB floppy drive that I could use, in principle, but the BIOS files are getting to be too large to fit on the DOS-ish floppy that Windows can create.)

Basically, to use EZ Flash:

Extract the BIOS file to a USB flash drive.

Reboot the system. Enter the EZ Flash utility by pressing alt plus F2. (Can also be done from within the BIOS setup.)

Select the USB drive with the BIOS on it by pressing the tab key.

Once you're on the USB drive, the utility will find the BIOS update file, and all the rest can be done with the enter key.

This is covered in the manual that's available for download (as an Acrobat file) from support.asus.com, if you've mislaid your paper copy.

Note that it's possible for a failed BIOS flash to render your system unusable. Asus has a BIOS recovery tool (CrashFree), but there are no guarantees that it'll work. I haven't checked whether your EEPROM chip is socketed, but mine (P6T Deluxe) isn't. In the worst case, the mainbaord would have to be returned to Asus for service, as you couldn't swap chips.

That said, I've never (in 14 years) had a BIOS flash fail to the extent that the PC wasn't bootable. I have read of a BIOS flash that failed because the owner's dog pulled out the power cord in the middle of it, but most people manage to avoid that sort of thing. Don't flash during a thunderstorm, for example.
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12 Oct 2009   #25
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1238 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
There has to be a better way

Are you sure you need to update the bios? why?
have a HD sound problem updating the bios fixes that problem
I have a different Asus mainboard, but it also uses EZ Flash 2. I prefer to use it rather than flashing the BIOS from within Windows.

(I have an external USB floppy drive that I could use, in principle, but the BIOS files are getting to be too large to fit on the DOS-ish floppy that Windows can create.)

Basically, to use EZ Flash:

Extract the BIOS file to a USB flash drive.

Reboot the system. Enter the EZ Flash utility by pressing alt plus F2. (Can also be done from within the BIOS setup.)

Select the USB drive with the BIOS on it by pressing the tab key.

Once you're on the USB drive, the utility will find the BIOS update file, and all the rest can be done with the enter key.

This is covered in the manual that's available for download (as an Acrobat file) from support.asus.com, if you've mislaid your paper copy.

Note that it's possible for a failed BIOS flash to render your system unusable. Asus has a BIOS recovery tool (CrashFree), but there are no guarantees that it'll work. I haven't checked whether your EEPROM chip is socketed, but mine (P6T Deluxe) isn't. In the worst case, the mainbaord would have to be returned to Asus for service, as you couldn't swap chips.

That said, I've never (in 14 years) had a BIOS flash fail to the extent that the PC wasn't bootable. I have read of a BIOS flash that failed because the owner's dog pulled out the power cord in the middle of it, but most people manage to avoid that sort of thing. Don't flash during a thunderstorm, for example.
Ok thanks for that info.... when i go into EZ flash it has the normal screen then hangs for a long time then doesn't do anything.... I have 2 portable HDD plugged in i am going to unplug them to see if using only the usb stick will help it....

Other then that i don't know what i am doing wrong...

cheers bobkn

Gamer1238
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12 Oct 2009   #26
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Gamer1238 I have an Asus P5N-d and just downloaded the Asus update. I ran it as
Administrator and it worked I went ahead and followed thru with the update bios since i already have the latest bios and the program advised me of this. So my question is have you tried or did you run the setup.exe as admin? And if so have you tried to run it thru properties>check run in compatibility mode> Vista.
Hi

thefabe

can you tell me if it's called Asus updater v71601???

If not please post the zip file or post to where you got it from aka the download link

cheers

Gamer1238
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12 Oct 2009   #27
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1238 View Post
Ok thanks for that info.... when i go into EZ flash it has the normal screen then hangs for a long time then doesn't do anything.... I have 2 portable HDD plugged in i am going to unplug them to see if using only the usb stick will help it....

Other then that i don't know what i am doing wrong...

cheers bobkn

Gamer1238
Disconnecting the USB HDs sounds like a good idea. In fact, if you wish to be safe, disconnect all USB devices that you don't need for the flash.
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12 Oct 2009   #28
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1238 View Post
Ok thanks for that info.... when i go into EZ flash it has the normal screen then hangs for a long time then doesn't do anything.... I have 2 portable HDD plugged in i am going to unplug them to see if using only the usb stick will help it....

Other then that i don't know what i am doing wrong...

cheers bobkn

Gamer1238
Disconnecting the USB HDs sounds like a good idea. In fact, if you wish to be safe, disconnect all USB devices that you don't need for the flash.
Ok will do thanks for that
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12 Oct 2009   #29
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1238 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Gamer1238 I have an Asus P5N-d and just downloaded the Asus update. I ran it as
Administrator and it worked I went ahead and followed thru with the update bios since i already have the latest bios and the program advised me of this. So my question is have you tried or did you run the setup.exe as admin? And if so have you tried to run it thru properties>check run in compatibility mode> Vista.
Hi

thefabe

can you tell me if it's called Asus updater v71601???

If not please post the zip file or post to where you got it from aka the download link

cheers

Gamer1238
Yes sir that is the one. Fabe http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx
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12 Oct 2009   #30
Gamer1238

Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit)
 
 
Awesome thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gamer1238 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Gamer1238 I have an Asus P5N-d and just downloaded the Asus update. I ran it as
Administrator and it worked I went ahead and followed thru with the update bios since i already have the latest bios and the program advised me of this. So my question is have you tried or did you run the setup.exe as admin? And if so have you tried to run it thru properties>check run in compatibility mode> Vista.
Hi

thefabe

can you tell me if it's called Asus updater v71601???

If not please post the zip file or post to where you got it from aka the download link

cheers

Gamer1238
Yes sir that is the one. Fabe ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-
thanks for that Fabe
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