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Old 13th August, 2002, 09:04 PM
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Question Help: 8k3A+ System without Floppy Drive

what is the best way to perform a bios update on a floppy-less system?
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Old 14th August, 2002, 10:29 PM
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I made a bootable CD-RW with awdflash on it and burn the Bios onto it when new ones come out then switch to Boot from CD in BIOS.
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Old 15th August, 2002, 02:19 AM
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I made a bootable CD-RW with awdflash on it and burn the Bios onto it when new ones come out then switch to Boot from CD in BIOS.
Ok, you've got me going on this project. I figured out how to make a bootable CD using a DOS 6.22 boot diskette and EZCDCreater. Simple enough. But I can't figure out how to make one that I can later burn files to. EZCD finalizes the CD and makes it read only. Am I missing something? Do I actually have to burn all the BIOS files onto the CD when I create it? If so, I'd assume I need to create a new bootable project every time a new BIOS comes out. Thanks!!
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Old 15th August, 2002, 02:43 AM
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I'm using a re-writable CD not a CD-r, you can use them in a similar way to a floppy.

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

see here for making boot cd's the tricky way.
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Old 15th August, 2002, 03:15 AM
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I'm using a re-writable CD not a CD-r, you can use them in a similar way to a floppy.

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

see here for making boot cd's the tricky way.
Yes, I was using a CDRW too. With your bootcd method (very tedious by the way, EZCD creator does most of this for you) do you have to erase the CDRW and start from scratch if you want to add a new BIOS file to it?
Edit: I was using this method.
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Why not just do a multisession disk and add each bios to it when it comes out. That way if you ever want to change your bios you have them all on your CD along with the flash utility.
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Why not just do a multisession disk and add each bios to it when it comes out.
Sounds great, how do I do it.

Edit: Never mind, I found the answer for EZCDCreator. Thanks, this should work fine.
"In the Record CD Setup dialog box under Options, select Finalize Session. Don't Finalize CD as the record method."
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Old 15th August, 2002, 03:52 PM
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maybe I should have mentioned the multi session thing
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maybe I should have mentioned the multi session thing
Hey no problem, I appreciate the help. I was able to create a bootCD last night with full DOS 6.22 support on it. I was able to get to all of the BIOS files and awdflash on it, and was able to successfully flash BIOS. The only tools I needed were the 6.22 exec from bootdisk.com with CDROM support and EZCDCreator 5.0. Works like a charm. As a matter of fact if you like the 'update' exec that comes with the Epox BIOS's, you can use that too. Just a word of caution, if you use set parameters with your AWDFLASH like;
AWDFLASH 8K3A2312.bin OLD.BIN /PY /SY /E

Be carefull because you can't write the old bin file to the CD at that point. You need to turn off that parameter as follows:
AWDFLASH 8K3A2312.bin /PY /SN /E

Here's the changeable AWDFLASH parameters, which you can also display by using the 'AWDFLASH ?:' command.

?: Show Help Messages
py: Program Flash Memory
pn: No Flash Programming
sy: Backup Original BIOS To Disk File
sn: No Original BIOS Backup
Sb: Skip BootBlock programming
sd: Save DMI data to file
cp: Clear PnP(ESCD) Data After Programming
cd: Clear DMI Data After Programming
cc: Clear CMOS Data After Programming
R: RESET System After Programming
cks: Show update Bin chksum
Tiny: Occupy lesser memory
E: Return to DOS When Programming is done
F: Use Flash Routines in Original BIOS For Flash Programming
LD: Destroy CMOS Checksum And No System Halt For First Reboot After Programming
cksXXXX: Compare Binfile CheckSum with XXXX
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When you select to not finalize cd in options in EZCD creator, it looks like this:
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