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Windows 7: A Windows 7 BIOS loader for upgrades

29 Jan 2019   #11
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Live updates do theoretically carry an extra risk because they happen live while windows is running, however doing things manually carries the risk of user error, especially if you are new to the process. Given that a bios live update always begins with a prompt for you to back up your existing bios, my opinion is that live update is a valid option for you. I've done maybe a hundred manual bios flashes and a hundred live update bios flashes and have yet to have a problem either way. my two cents...


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29 Jan 2019   #12
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

From a previous personal project on privacy I though of a question. Should services be turned off or would it do any harm?


Also there was some routine that involved loading just the rescue disk to access Drive C to accomplish
a BIOS activity. Is there any experience with that?


Frankly I don't know how we got to this level of complication where mSI M-Flash has a simple
execute button which says the stored file will be transfered. But ti doesn't work and issued the
error you tracked down. It's true that current equipement users have a much more detailed
BIOS screen since the adjustments became popular.


One youtbe, the guy has a Peanut SanDisk like Mine, Same OS but brand new Ryzen B350 board.
He was moving files around and having a great time. ;-)



So what I have now from MSI is Redo the Sandisk with the HP format program
and then proceed with other options that are supposed 'fix' the pen drive to work right.
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30 Jan 2019   #13
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You're doing it the hard way.

- Insert the Sandisk flash drive into a USB port, open Explorer, right click on the drive letter and choose Format.
On the format window choose Fat32 (that should be marked as default), Choose allocation size to 4096 (also default) and do a quick format.
Download the Zip BIOS file from MSI, unzip it to the root of the Sandisk flash drive.
- Follow the instructions from http://download.msi.com/archive/mnu_exe/E7623v2.1.zip page 3.26
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30 Jan 2019   #14
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Thanks for the tip on formatting through Windows. I'll give it a whirl. I don't know how it differs from using the HP tool but we're experimnting.


From above I'm still trying to get past the red error message in AMI BIOS.
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01 Feb 2019   #15
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I did reformat to FAT32 using Admin tools in Win7 with no change.


I mentioned that MSI webside is hard to deal with with RARs etc. I found a Unversal Bios Tool
from Major Geeks. That tells me it copied the BIOS file to the fresh FAT32 Sandisk.


I have to transfer the RAR Unpack over to the PC to do the job. Also Toms Hardware (which seems to be constantly at top of Google queue that the MSI Tool works well.


I've also gotten the User Guide for the MSI Flashtool.



The hard way is the only way on this job. Right now I have little confidence that I can complete the
task.
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01 Feb 2019   #16
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

And I'm getting a lot of extra space on these replies and don't know how to turn off extra CR's
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01 Feb 2019   #17
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

a brief update.
I seem to have made a bit of progress with MSI update tool. But that EXE file is loaded into Windows yet
and I haven't read the user guide.

Also checked the job done by the Major Geeks tool which I will link to. Indeed in the root
directory of the Sandisk American Megatrends BIOS 11.1 resides in there. The goal is to step through
all the BIOS updates so I would want to have 11.2 as the next step using the MSI tool.
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01 Feb 2019   #18
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
And I'm getting a lot of extra space on these replies and don't know how to turn off extra CR's
I dont know why this happens but immediately after you post just hit edit then delete the extra lines.
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01 Feb 2019   #19
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
I dont know why this happens but immediately after you post just hit edit then delete the extra lines.

This little problem I have resolved by not CR at end of line. It's just a habit I wasn't thinking about.
That's why, above I would go back in and delete them so it looked right.
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03 Feb 2019   #20
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I have found and am using the MSIHQ user group tool to do the BIOS flashing. Have gone through the tutorial and made a few attempts at the flash. What returns in the BIOS tool and in Win7 command to request BIOS version is always the same.

No errors are occurring as the program completes it's steps.

The last portion of the routine is to reset CMOS after shut down and unplug.

Then go in and fix the date. All ok.

But I have checked the date of the BIOS version against the MSI download section and from what I can see, no progress in BIOS upgrade.

I will make another attempt to ask some user questions at the forum MSIHQ for users. I also have a registration in for the board.

As the program was performing so well, Memtest 86 completed and so on I don't know why I cannot see confirmation of the upgrade. It's a lot of time spent on an old machine but I have another MSI that needs or should have an upgrade as well.
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