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BIOS corrupted + Flashing dash

Q: BIOS corrupted + Flashing dash

when i first turned on my computer i got a blue screen message saying that BIOS is corrupted and now is updating. Then the computer restarts and a flashing dash come up on a black screen and nothing else happens.

Whenever I restarts the computer the same process happens.

Anyone can suggest any fixes or causes???

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A: BIOS corrupted + Flashing dash

Maybe clearing the BIOS could help. Look at the motherboard menu, there should be a jumper which you can set to clear the BIOS.

If you can still enter the BIOS by pressing a certain key on startup, then you can choose Load BIOS defaults or some similar setting.

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I am look for a last ditch help on fixing the BIOS/POST problem on a perfectly fine E6230
I was attempting to make a powered eSATA cable work when I enabled the SATA 4 and SATA 5 button in the BIOS.
After reboot... nothing..
I have been told it is a motherboard failure but this is too co-incidental!
I have tried a reset of the BIOS by disconnecting all power even the BIOS Coin battery .... nothing - no POST - although the LED shows that laptop is detecting lack of memory and HDD
A search shows that for INSPIRON laptops the BIOS can be unpacked and re-FLASHED to reset.
Does anyone know how to achieve this with the DELL Latitude Laptop or another way to reset the BIOS setting please?

Many thanks for any help or advice

A:Reset or Re-flashing BIOS Dell latitude E6230 - BIOS Corrupted will not POST

You can click the link below for steps to resolve a corrupted bios.
BIOS Recovery options on a Dell PC or Tablet

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My laptop is a IBM Thinkpad T40, which i had to rebuild using parts from another T40
It has a 1.5 GHz Processor Intel, Centrino Mobile
512MB of RAM
and Windows XP Pro Completely updated
Upon a rexent start up, after turning it off last night normally, it ceased functioning.
Now after the IBM Thinkpad start screen it merely displays a flashing white dash in the upper left corner. I have some files on there that hadn't been backed up. (I back up every Friday it died on a Thursday of all the rotten luck.) Suggestions about what i can do to get it working again?

A:Flashing Dash

Take the drive out, mount it in an external enclosure, attach it to a working computer by USB cord and copy out files that you can access. After that run hard drive diagnostic utilities like hitach drive fitness test and check to make sure it is completely fine before reinstalling in the original computer. You can try booting into safe mode, or last known good configuration or you can try a repair install of the OS. If nothing else works, format and reinstall the OS from scratch.

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Hi, So I've owned this laptop for about 2 years.  About 1 month ago, the laptop had a corrupted BIOS that I was unable to restore, and the thread describing that in detail can be found here: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Boot-and-Lockup/Laptop-BIOS-Corrupted-probably/m-p/5735383#M95... Since then, I have ordered a new motherboard and installed it in the computer. It started up and worked perfectly, but wouldn't recognize the battery and only operated when plugged in. So, I thought that I would update the BIOS to see if that would fix the battery issue. I downloaded the HP executable for the BIOS and ran it. Windows did some stuff (I forget the exact details), and then the computer rebooted. It displayed a simple blue box that said it was flashing the BIOS. I played a game on my other computer for ~30 minutes then came back to the laptop.  This time, there was a completely blank screen. I attempted to move the mouse, and do anything reasonably expected to wake the computer from sleep, because the power LED was still on.  I then pushed the power button until it shut off, and then tried to power it on. It resulted in the exact same symptoms as the thread I linked above. I have tried unplugging the computer (which removes all power because the battery won't work), using both key combinations to try to restore the BIOS from the original hard drive, and using both key combinations to try to restore the BIOS from a USB drive with a slightly olde... Read more

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Hi there.

I have just turned my Acer Aspire 5735 on and as soon as the logo comes up the screen turn black with a flashing dash in the top left hand corner. I can not get into safe mode, and can not press any F# except for F2 and F12. I have tried everything I have found on google but nothing works.

Please help

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Before reading the below paragraph NOTE: I used the windows 7 upgrade advisor to tell me if there are any compatibility problems and nothing came in.

I recently installed Windows 7 on my Acer Aspire 6530 and it worked great, no problems at all! I thought it was amazing due to microsoft's previous attempts. Anyway in the excitment I attempt to upgrade my other Acer Aspire 7720 which also is a laptop, and I boot it while on the computer so I can save my files, and then it booted with a black screen with a flashing white dash, so I attempted to install Windows 7 by simply booting it with a CD, after all of that, it has the same result.

Obviously all my files are gone, but I was smart enough to make a back-up which it is now on, but what I want to know is there is anyway to fix it so I CAN use Windows 7, there shouldn't be any problems upgrading my system, what has gone wrong?


A:Flashing Dash, Windows 7 Boot-Up

Windows 7 32 or 64 bit? Does Acer have Windows 7 drivers for things like sound and video drivers listed for your laptops?

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hp ze4805wm notebook just shows a flashing dash on a black screen, then this message: Windows could not sta rt because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. What can I do to resolve this issue?

A:black screen with flashing dash

Hi jsharper,

Check this link out: Black Screen Issues and Troubleshooting

Hope everything works out well for you.

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I have an HP Pavillion dv6000, running with Windows Vista Home Premium.

When I turn on the computer, the HP intro screen turns on but then immediately goes Black with a white flashing dash in the top left screen. I can not access F8, safe mode, etc. I can only access the basic set up menu.

I never received a restore, or a Windows XP disc. Ive come to terms with the fact that I will most likely would lose my files and am willing to do a restore, but I can not get onto the log on screen. Do i need to see a tech? Please be advised I am not tech savvy and just want to get back on to my computer

Any help/links/disc downloads would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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hey guys,

My computer load windows, when i turn it on the nec screen flashes for a split second then it just goes to a screen with a flashing dash in the top left corner.
The only menu i can seem to access is the system setup screen if i press ctrl alt del then tap the f2 button.
I also cant find my windows disk (i bought my comp brand new about 5 years ago but i dont think it came with a disk)

I read that replacing the battery in side the pc could fix it, is this true?

Also i unplugged all unneccesary devices

cheers, Andrew

A:Computer wont load flashing dash

also what is the proper boot device priority, i changed it hoping it would work

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hey guys,

My computer wont load windows, when i turn it on the nec screen flashes for a split second then it just goes to a screen with a flashing dash in the top left corner.
The only menu i can seem to access is the system setup screen if i press ctrl alt del then tap the f2 button.
I also cant find my windows disk (i bought my comp brand new about 5 years ago but i dont think it came with a disk)

I read that replacing the battery in side the pc could fix it, is this true?

Also i unplugged all unneccesary devices

cheers, Andrew

A:Computer wont load ,just a flashing dash

bump, please.
sorry if ive bumped to soon but it been over 72hours, looking foward to hearing from one of you guys soon.

thanks, Andrew

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hey guys

well yesterday i turned off my pc came back to it turned it on it started up for 3 seconds then the screen went black with one white flashing dash at the top left

if i restart it it happens again. I changed my monitor and it still didint work so i know its my hard drive or something

any help would be greatly appreciated



A:Screen goes black with one white flashing dash

anyone have any ideas?

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I have an Acer Travelmate 2300 running windows XP. Whenever I try and start it up a blank screen appears and a flashing white dash is there in the top left hand corner. Is there any way i can fix this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Blank Screen with Flashing Dash On Startup

Thats apart of the operating system, is not an error so there is nothing to fix.

UNLESS thats all you ever see, but I got the impression from the post your computer still starts just fine.

If your machine is not booting and stuck at the "flashing dash" you may need to do a system repair.

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My windows XP machine will not boot after relocating my entire PC across the room. After being unplugged for an extended period, my PC will not boot upon being plugged back in. I had to mess around with the jumpers to even get the "DISK BOOT FAILURE - INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" message to go away.

Now it has, but my PC won't boot any more. All I get is a continuous flashing dash, or hyphen, or whatever blinks before Windows' XP progress bar appears. What's my next step?

I'll continue to check this thread so if you need any more information let me know.

A:[SOLVED] XP not booting - continuous flashing dash?

Hi please check the cables and connections to your hard drive are properly and securely seated

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Hello. I have a compaq mini that was infected with the pallidium virus. After following the instructions for removal using RKill computer rebooted and now it only starts with a black screen with a flashing dash. I cannot access anything at all. I took out the battery, still nothing. I thought I would reinstall Windows XP Pro but I get the error message that it did not find hard disk drives? Any ideas.

Thank you.


A:Computer starts with a flashing dash after pallidium virus

Hello and to the BC forums.

Please sit tight and be patient.

I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in un-bootable computers respond to your topic.

Thank you.

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hi people i have a adven laptop but she i boot it up just goes onto a screen with a flashing dash line in corner of screen

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Go into your BIOS and verify that the hard drive is listed as the first boot device. If it is, it sounds like your mbr is corrupt, or your hard drive is damagedI'm still learning Vista, not quite sure if fixmbr is the same or not. Give yhis a look:http://www.vistaheads.com/forums/microsoft...-mbr-vista.htmlhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

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I have been having problems with my Dell Dimension 5000 since this morning, basically I switch it on and all I get is a blank blank screen with a white dash blinking in the top left corner.

I can't access safe mode or bios settings using the function keys and I can't get further then this blank black creen with flashing dash.

I have taken out my gfx card and cleaned the dust out of the fan, checked all the cable connections inside and out. I also checked other posts for solutions but could not find any that related to mine as I can't access anything. I have also checked the Dell Diagnostic lights which indicate:

Other failure has occurred.
Ensure that the cables are properly connected to the system board from the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD drive.
Check the computer message that appears on your monitor screen.
If the problem persists, contact Dell.

Dell don't seem helpful as the computer is out of warrenty and I even get passed around or hung up on. Only thing I can think of is that my hard drive might of gone as it makes a reading noise about five times then I hear nothing even though I replaced the HD about two months ago.

Sorry for the essay, hope I can sort it out!!

A:[SOLVED] Windows XP boots up with blank screen with flashing dash

Good morning Mikey, well buddy your at the right place, just the wrong section. We have some great techs in our hardware section that will be able to help you straighten this out. You have not done anything wrong, I just want you to get the proper help that you need. Here's what you do:

Mark this thread solved using the quick tools option located at the top of this thread and selecting solved from the drop down menu. So you are in compliance with forum rules that state that you cannnot have more than one thread open at a time.

Post your problem at the link below.


This will get you the help you need to resolve this issue. Take care and good luck.

I will monitor you to make sure your getting the help you need.

Thank you

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I have an Hp pavilion a1226n desktop computer and shut off the power this morning during a bad storm. I used the regular procedures and shut it down correctly, but when i tried to boot it up earlier this morning, the only thing that comes up is a blank black screen with a flashing white dash in the upper left hand corner. I have already tried to remove reset the BIOS by removing the battery and then later restarting, but it did not help at all. Also, it wont even boot far enough for me to start in safe/real mode. Any suggestions?
Thanks for the help

A:[SOLVED] Boot problem- blank screen flashing white dash

Hi sherm12789 and welcome to TSF

Start up your computer by either tapping the F1, F2, F4, F6, F8, F10, F11, F12, or Delete keys to access the systems BIOS. For the exact information on what key to start up the System BIOS refer back to Original Manufacturer System Documentation.

After getting into the BIOS, look for a page that would have something like, eg. PC Health Screen or System Monitoring Page. When you have found a page similar to this post back what the BIOS says for your temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds.

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My laptop is Lenovo B50-30 20382I tried to enter the bios (fn+f2) but this time didn t work, i tried the next time and the same resultI can use the windows with no problemI don t know what to do, i really need to use the bios, i tried advanced start to enter in uefi settings but nothing. I searched through many forums but i reallt find one solution. To reset the bios by removing the CMOS battery from the motherboard. Is there any solution that i can do without removing the cmos battery?Please help me

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AMD Dual Core processors - updating BIOS?

how do you do this?

thanks a lot

A:AMD Dual Core processors - updating BIOS/flashing BIOS?

Flash a BIOS?
You need to download the update from the motherboard manufacturer. Then follow the directions in the readme file that usually comes with it.

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BIOS problem occured when I upgraded graphicscard, see my other thread.
Computer/soundcard boot problems after upgrading graphicscard GTX 960

I started this thread because it is a bios problem.

I downloaded the driver 2.09 from manufacturers website (medion)
motherboard MS- 7728
when i try to flash it says
"ROM file does not match existing BIOS size"

someone knows how to solve this?

A:Flashing BIOS - ROM file does not match existing BIOS size

Kevin someone in the other thread asked what size PSU you have now I am not sure what you have hooked up but one way you can check what size PSU you need (for starters) because what you have looks to be a tad on the small size at 450W - eXtreme Power Supply Calculator - The only power supply calculator trusted by PSU manufacturers and computer enthusiasts

Just enter in as much as you can and the readout should give you roughly what size you need with some margin of error. Now if the result is close to the 450W PSU you have?? then under heavy load it might well be trying to draw more than what is available. Remember the stated output is the ideal and in reality some power is lost with the internal workings of the PSU circuitry/s.
Personally I use a PSU that has at least 25% more than I possibly need and just because it says for example 650W on the label doesn't mean that it is producing 650W continuously the device only puts out what is being asked of it. That is to say if your machine's components are idling at a draw of 200W then that is all a 650W PSU will put out - it is sort of working on a linear scale for want of a better way of putting it.

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My harddrive recently failed and it cannot be recovered. However, now that the harddrive has failed, I can't put any harddrive or ssd in there even if they have working OS' installed. I even tried various OS' with bootable USB's. Freedos is the only OS that seems to run via USB.  I went through the hp support video: "How to update BIOS when windows does not run" but don't have the "Firmware Patching" option is not available as my update utility version is 3.3.7 rather than the 5.something version featured in the video. The exe provided(SP52604.exe) is... well and EXE! I need an iso or bin or something for freedos 1.0 to run it. I have tried using Freedos 1.1 which should run exe's however, I cannot find a bootable image of freedos 1.1 to put on usb.  What else can I do to flash the bios? 

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If someone with greater technical savvy than I can help, it would be appreciated. If logs would help, please advise which. I've tried to find/dislodge hijacker (.ru URL) I feel like I'm playing chess in the dark against grand master as grim reaper. Losing
money, time and peace with situation. Windows level 2 techs have remotely tried to fix ( 3 separate cases) and top tech guy at Corte Madera, CA store unable to fix problem. DCOM flooded with error messages by time OS completes Welcome  song/dance. Unable
to fix corrupt certificates with unknown and unsigned certificate extensions. Default (built-in admin) replaced by Defaultuser. Paths changed on any owner created admin accounts which no longer have any admin privileges despite still being named as admin.
Attributes changed on Library files so documents saved and pusic ripped cannot be accessed. Rollback option on drivers also all changed immed. after start up 1st time. Disk Management loses ability to format or save info on USB devices which are converted
to RAW format. Thrice weekly reset of system does nothing but allow brief window of usage.
Network settings corrupted and based on description believe DNS cache to be poisoned. Tried using sysinternal accesschk but log shows for less than 1 second & disappears. Procmgr shows huge amounts of svchost programs running simultaneously. Though my
guess is that both machine and network corrupted, probably 1 primary and rest result of ports left open by 1st so ... Read more

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Hey guys, first post here.

I have a computer here that has a "BIOS Rom Checksum Error" upon boot up. The computer doesn't post, and I can't get in the bios. It does nothing but give me a black screen with that error, and then the following line occasionally says Detecting IDE Atapi Device.

I have read around, and think I need a new bios, since the old one got cleared or corrupted in a CMOS Clr. My question is, how do I flash a new bios without windows, or through the old bios.

I have tried using drdflash to make a boot disk with AWDFlash and my new bios version on it. I have an external floppy plugged in through USB that didn't seem to do anything. I also tried an old floppy I had lying around that I plugged into the IDE that didn't seem to do anything.

Did I do the boot disk wrong? Is that not my problem? Am I going about it completely wrong?

It's an Asus Striker motherboard, Q6600 Chip, running Windows...if any of that helps. Thanks guys, I look forward to your replies.

A:Flashing a Bios without Windows, or through the previous Bios


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   My laptop use Phoenix 89CN25WW and now I want to have a BIOS file of Lenovo Ideapad S410p (touch) or Lenovo Ideapad S510p (touch) to repair the error because BIOS of my laptop was corrupted BIOS firmware    Please help me !    Thank you so much for your support !  Click here for image   Mod's Edit: Image(s) converted to link(s) due to size.  Photos are limited to 100k size per forum guidelines.                     Please refer to About Posting Pictures for more information.

A:[Lenovo Ideapad S410p] Help me ! Please ! BIOS of my laptop was corrupted BIOS firmware

Unfortunately the Lenovo Download library does not have BIOS updates available for either of the models you have listed.  What you might do is a search on the Internet to see if a website like BIOS Mods has something available.

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I downloaded bios update for my PC ad tried to install it but unfortunately my system shuts down during update installation. Now when I press power button PC doesn't shows anything but only beeps.Plz tell me how to recover my bios step by step because recovering bios using key combinations doesn't work.

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Hello. Don;t know if I'm in the right forum but I need a step by step guide on how to flash my bios.
I already have the AMI Flash Utility and the new bios saved on a floppy.
Thanks in advance for your usual prompt responses.

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I flashed my BIOS and now the computer wont post.

First off I flashed a MSI 975X Platinum with a file I got off of the MSI website called "W7246IMS.140". I copied the flashing utility (AWFL859G) and the new BIOS to the RAM, and flashed. after the BIOS was flashed I was prompted to remove the floppy and press F1. I did that the system rebooted with no video.

I suppose my question is what did I do wrong, and what do I do now to fix my situation (preferably not buying a new motherboard)

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I was wondering if flashing the bios on my pc could allow me to upgrade the ram any further, its an older HP Pavilion a300, the max on the ram is 1gb (2 512mb moduels). i forgot to check the mother board info to see if it could even support 1gb ram sticks (which it doesnt), and i recently upgraded it to Vista and it would be nice to have the extra ram as i already have 2 1gb PC2700 just layin around in there package and nothing to do with them...

So, if i update the bios could it then support the 1gb stick of ram?

A:Flashing Bios

I don't ever recall seeing a BIOS upgrade that addressed the size of memory modules. BIOS upgrades generally correct problems, or allow for support of newer processors.

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Okay. My computer is royally screwed up. I leave it on one night come the next morning it is stuck in a continuous reboot cycle. I try to do a repair install with the Win XP CD and I get a blue screen error about 2 minutes into the beginning where it is installing drivers. I took it to a repair shop and they told me they hooked it up as a slave and tried to access the HD and it wouldn't come up and that the HD was bad. So I get a replacement HD under Western Digital's advanced warranty program, install the new HD, boot up and try to install Win XP only to get another blue screen error, this time with different tech information. The message says something about disabling caching and shadowing in the BIOS, so I looked around in BIOS for some options that had to do with caching or shadowing. I couldn't find anything on shadowing but I saw an option to do with caching, so I disable that option. I also changed one of the options that had to do with the graphics. The option I switched to was "Internal VGA" (but I can't remember what the exact option was). Anyhow, now after it posts, it goes straight to a blank screen with a cursor in the top left corner. Even when I try to enter BIOS setup it goes to the blank screen. I'm stuck here. My friend suggested I flash the BIOS but I've never done it and need some advice. The barebones system I have is HERE. I noticed "EZ Flash BIOS" under the Features section. I am at ASUS ... Read more

A:Need help before flashing BIOS...

You changed the primary graphics adapter to be the onboard one - and you have onboard graphics? In that case, plug the monitor to the onboard graphics adapter and change the setting back from BIOS.

Another option would be clearing the CMOS data, ie. resetting the BIOS to default settings. You'll need to switch the PSU off to turn standby voltage off, and then switch the "clear CMOS" jumper on for a few seconds and then back.

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how do i flash my bios? i've got a kt4-ultra ami bios i would like to flash it, but not with a floppy i've seen it get done by just doing a setup and rebooting can i do that 2?

A:flashing my bios

You can go to your motherboard manufacturer's site and see if they offer a utility to update the BIOS in Windows.

Personally, I still prefer the floppy method.

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Re: BCM Mainboard IN5598. I want to upgrade the BIOS from the original...early 1998... I downloaded the correct one from BCM, but when I make a bootable floppy, and erase config.sys and autoexec from the floppy, as instructed, the floppy doesn't have enough room on it for the flash files. What else can I delete from the startup disk ? "ebd" maybe ? KENNY

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thought i might update my motherboard bios... is this a wise idea? I have had my mobo for 4 years now without touching it.

In any case i went to the company webpage and found the link:


just wondered how i would go about updating it? the files are '.exe' but i was led to believe BIOS updating required flashing or...?

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WHile attempting to install WinXP The compatability checker said that my MoBo and video card we not compatible (!). Well anyway I contacted EVga tech support and he said that there should be no compatability issue and to swap out my Geforce2 card with another one (I had an old Rage IIc lying around) so I did this, tryed the install again, same deal. Well I emailed Asus support (in Shanghi - !) and they wrote me back (in psudeo-english) that I was to update my BIOS. Now as you can imagine, this makes me quite uneasy, as I hear all of the horror stories about bad flashings,etc, etc... I tryed balancing the cost/benefit of either having an: A-Functional, albeit dated machine, with a very crash prone OS with a piece of $100 software collecting dust, or B- Have a non functional older computer with a $100 piece of software collecting dust. BOTTOM LINE- I would like to get XP working on my stystem, but I apparently can't do it without flashing a BIOS update, and I'm nervous about doing it, not quite sure how to do it (instructions on ASUS website not the clearest) and want to know what my chances are at being successful.

If anyone can help, I'd sure appreciate it.. Thanx

AMD K6 400
NVidia Geforce2 Mx 200
Asus p5a-b MoBo (socket 7)
300 (or so) meg ram

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My computer has 128 megs of ram, but it only reads 32 megs of ram, so would flashing my bios help this problem or is it just a leagacy motherboard?. If i can flash my bios where can i go to get one heres my string number-
thanks erick

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Hello all!  I wish to upgrade my HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 notebooks BIOS, in order to solve a certain issue. However, being the paranoid person I am, I notice that the versions on the HP Software and Drivers site, only supports Windows 8 and below. HP Supports page cites that W10 user should use the device manager to update drivers. Unfortunately, I am fairly certain you cannot upgrade the BIOS with device manager (or im blind) and i'm not too sure if flashing the BIOS will work if its with one for Windows 8. So, how do I flash the BIOS? Do I just flash the Windows 8 one and pray it works, download one for W10 if it exists and where, etc?   

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I have a 2 yr old Dell 4500 series and after an unsuccessful attempt at downloading SP 2 I was informed by Dell that I will have to flash my bios to install it. Has anyone here had to do so, and with what problems, difficulty, if any? As for the file from Dell to flash the bios, has anyone had problems with it. I have downloaded it to my desktop, and then attempted to save it to 3 1/2 floppy as instructed by Dell but it would not open and save?? I've been told that flashing the bios is a fairly simple thing to do, but none the less I am a little nervous. Can it be harmful to my system?
with thanks, ms_khw

A:help-flashing bios for SP 2

There are some risks with flashing BIOS . . any interuption ( such as power outage ) will corrupt the BIOS and may not be recoverable. I always use a UPS when I update BIOS.

Dell has several ways to update the BIOS, depending on the model. If you look at the Dell support site, they give very good instructions on how to perform the different ways. Follow them to a T and you will have no problems.

For the flash method, you download the file, execute it to a formatted floppy and restart with the floppy in the drive. The floppy must be formated first and have nothing else on it.

FWIW . . I think they are mooning you when they tell you you have to update the BIOS in that model to install SP2. You might want to check in on the Dell SP2 forum for more. http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board?board.id=sw_svcpacks

Hope this helps . . wrs

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I am running xp , but need to update motherboard bios. Bios procedure is given for DOS which xp doesn't use. How can work around to flash my bios update?

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I am running xp , but need to update motherboard bios. Bios procedure is given for DOS which xp doesn't use. How can work around to flash my bios update?

A:Flashing Bios

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I want to install a newer BIOS on a Sony Vaio PCV-200 that originally had Windows 95. I upgraded to Windows 2000 about 2 years ago. I seem to be having some current problems that I think are due to the current BIOS that the manufacturer recommends changing. The currently recommended one is a BIOS P07 with Install07.Bat but it will not flash over.

I don't know if I need to change the BAT file to fit the newer Windows 2000 configuration. If so, what should the BAT file changes be?? Is there some other trick to making a BIOS flash into a machine that is running Windows 2000?

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Hey i'm going to flash my bios to a newer version with DOS, but i'm not sure how to make a DOS-bootable DISK, could anyone help me out?

Thanks in advance!

A:Need help flashing BIOS

MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive - Create

Do you really need to do it from DOS? Dell, for example, uses a utility that launches from Windows. It reboots the PC and does the flash in a non-windows environment.

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Okay, I searched and found this: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-n...w-update-flash-mobo.html?highlight=flash+BIOS Can somebody please decipher this into basic english for me? I want to flash my BIOS in order to use the full HDD.

I've installed a 2nd HDD (200 GB) with the idea of using half of it for editing music and video, and the other half for backup of the primary HDD. Unfortunately, my BIOS only recognizes 137GB. The motherboard is a Matsonic, and their web site shows it as having a flashable BIOS, I think:

Matsonic MS8308D/E Socket A Motherboard
Part# 545750
Motherboard Image
Motherboard Specifications

Supports Athlon /Duron processor 500MHz~1.4GHz and faster
SiS730S Chipset
Supports 200MHz Front Side Bus
Two 168-pin SDRAM DIMM sockets support
up to 512MB
Supports PC-100 / PC-133 SDRAM
1 AMR Slot
1 AGP Slot (4x Mode)
2 PCI Slots
AC97 Codec on board to provide software
audio solution
Two independent channels for four IDE devices
Supports up to PIO mode 4 and Ultra DMA 100
Onboard 128-bit 2D/3D 100MHz Host
interface AGP Graphics Accelerator
Complies with AGP V2.0

Micro ATX form factor
2MB Flash Rom on board, provides completeAdvances Configuration Power Interface
(ACPI) and Legacy PMU;Ultra DMA

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A:help with flashing BIOS, please

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How long does it "typically" take to flash BIOS?

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dann_celeron said:

How long does it "typically" take to flash BIOS?Click to expand...

Depending on the means you use to flash the BIOS it only takes a couple of minutes, and that depends on whether you backup your old BIOS or not. Award has a utility that does a nice job and is quick, BUT I must caution anyone who even thinks about flashing the BIOS to check, check again, and then check again and verify, make absolutely certain you have downloaded the correct .bin file before you undertake this operation. I can attest to the fact that you can make your motherboard totally useless and worthless by using the wrong flash update.

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hello guys i bought a second hand hp probook 640 but i cant enter and change bios settings because it tells me to enter bios adminstrator password and the person i bought it from doesnt know the password. how can i remove the password? please please need your help thank you

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Hi, Unfortunately,  business machines such as Probooks or Elitebooks have more stringent security than consumer models - they don't produce 'halt codes', the password cannot be derived from the Serial No. and the code is stored in non-volatile memory so removing the RTC cell will not reset the password in this case. If you Contact HP Business support they should be able to send you a customised SMC.bin file which you can use at boot to reset the password. Regards, DP-K

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I am looking to flash the bios in my sister's pc. The reason being, I ran a test to see if she could install xp, which warned of bios needing upgrade. I have flashed my own bios once before, however I am sooooooo far from the pro's in here! I hope you can help me to identify the correct version. I ran aida, and am pasting the info beneath. thanks for anyone willing to help. phoenix website was no help.. I am looking to download from the web, not use wimsbios link, I appreciate the help
--------[ AIDA32 (c) 1995-2004 Tamas Miklos ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------

Version AIDA32 v3.93
Author [email protected]
Homepage http://www.aida32.hu
Report Type Quick Report
Computer name (name)
Generator public
Operating System Microsoft Windows ME 4.90.3000 (WinMe Retail)
Date 2004-04-28
Time 17:21
--------[ BIOS ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

BIOS Properties:
BIOS Type Award Modular
Award BIOS Type Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
Award BIOS Message W5187VD4 V2.1D 051600
System BIOS Date 08/21/99
Video BIOS Date 08/26/99

BIOS Manufacturer:
Company Name Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Problems & Suggestions:
Suggestion System BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.
Suggestion Video BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.
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So, I'm building my first PC in a few days when I get all my components delivered.

I purchased and ASUS mobo P5B-E

Regarding BIOS, should I flash my BIOS with the latest update from the ASUS site before I do anything else? Or should I let my computer start up and wait and see if there are any component failures?

Thanks for the help

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You should not flash the BIOS unless there is some compelling reaon for doing so. In this case, newer is not better.

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone will be able to help me flash my bios. Here Are My specs:

Board: ECS Alhena5 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 5.14 04/11/2007

Yes, I have googled it! I cannot seem to find what I'm looking for If Someone can point me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

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