How to Build Your Own
Pentium II Computer
Flash the BIOS
Last updated: 4/12/99
the computer and check the date of the motherboard BIOS which is displayed
right at the beginning of the boot sequence. If it older than the one
that you downloaded, the motherboard BIOS should be flashed. But
first, I'll warn you that you will be taking a chance if you do this and
you will be doing it at your own risk.
If something goes wrong (e.g., a power outage) during
this process you could end-up with an unbootable motherboard. If
that happens you will have to find someone with the equipment to flash
the BIOS, obtain another BIOS, or buy a new motherboard. I've done
it many times without a problem. Someday it's going to get me.
Ok, let's flash the BIOS.
you haven't downloaded the BIOS and Award Flash utility, do so now. Make
a bootable floppy without any drivers in the autoexec.bat and config.sys
files and copy both to the floppy.
I use DOS 6.22 for the floppy. You could copy
these files to your hard disk and boot it according to Abit's instructions. But,
I assuming the hard disk is new and has not been prepared yet. You
could also wait until after you have installed Windows to Flash the BIOS. But
my way is the safest way to avoid possible problems during the Windows
installation. With this motherboard, however, Abit's method is
ok. It may not be with other motherboards.
the instructions on Abit's
I do it a little bit differently.
the Delete when prompted to go into the CMOS Setup
the BIOS FEATURES SETUP and disable the CPU Level 1 and Level 2 Cache,' and
Video BIOS Shadow
to the main Setup Menu
the CHIPSET FEATURES SETUP disable Video and System BIOS Cachable
the computer with the bootable DOS floppy with the Award flash utility and
the new BIOS
newbios /py /cc /sn /cd" (without the quotation marks and where newbios
is the file name of the new bios; e.g., bh6_kg.bin) at the DOS prompt and
Hold your breath and pray.
Push the F1 key when it's done to reboot the printer and
the jumper next to the left ISA expansion board slot to pins 2-3, the two
towards the front of the motherboard. Go get a cup of coffee while
the CMOS discharges (I'd give at 10 minutes), come back and move the jumper
back to pins 1-2, and power-up.
After flashing the BIOS it is a good idea to clear
remnants and settings from old BIOS that may still be in the CMOS memory.
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