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By greatest1 ·
Hi, I have an Asus A7V KT 133 motherboard. I have loaded the Promise ULTRA 100 IDE Controller software. Everytime I reboot my computer (which I try not to do very often, unless bad weather is coming), it will not always recongize my CR-Rom drives,sometimes it does & sometimes it doesn't. Asus website suggest to update the bios. I have never do that before. I have read where it can mess up the whole computer to do it wrong. Is there a PROPER way to flash the bios or do I just keep my fingers crossed? They have a Windows utility & and a DOS utility, I guess to help, do I need to use either one. I have downloaded the zip flash files & utilites.

Thanking all of you in advance for your help. This is a great website, I have been helped with another problem the other day! Thanks!

Laurie

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by dmiles In reply to Bios

If you are not familar with flashing the Bios it would be wise to get a tech to do the job because of the risk involved.
If you decide to take on the task yourself,go to the site of the Asus download and get a copy of the Read Me file and review itthroughly,before attempting to flash the Bios,I have always used the dos method to flash the Bios.
Good Luck

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by Computechie In reply to Bios

I've flashed a few BIOS's in my years as a tech, and I'll give you a few tips. First, read all the documentation very thoroughly, make sure you feel comfortable doing this, as there is risk involved. I would use the DOS utility to flash your BIOS, use a good bootdisk too. I've never used a Windows utility, but that seems like asking for trouble to me. Lastly, make sure nothing is going to stop your flash when it starts, like a blackout caused by bad weather, accidently tripping the surge protector or whatnot. I've flashed about 10 BIOS's, and have never had one fail with enough precaution. Good luck.

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by Michael Roark - CCNA/DA MCP 3CSA In reply to Bios

You know, I've flashed BIOSs because I've gotten bored, but that doesn't mean it will fix your problem. Was everything working correctly prior to you installing the IDE controller software? if it was I would suggest removing it. even if you remove it from the device manager, when your computer reboots, it will reinstall the default plug and play drivers, reboot again, and it should find all of your stuff and you're back to normal. Unless there's a particular situation with propriatary circumstances, most times you don't need to flash a BIOS.
(unless of course, you have a bunch of spare motherboards, and you get bored)
Good Luck,

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by TechGirl916 In reply to Bios

Hi Laurie,
ASUS boards are my favorite, and luckily, the process for flashing the bios (usually Award) is really simple. The DOS and Windows utilities you describe are for creating the flash diskette. I've always used the Windows interface w/ no problem. First, make sure you create a bootable diskette. I do this from the DOS prompt ( c>format /s a: ). Once that's done run your Windows utility - you should end up with a diskette with your system files, the flash utility (awflash?) and the new BIOS file. When you're ready to flash, boot with the diskette. You'll be led through the process - When asked to save a backup of the current, type in something like A:\bios_old.??? - (forgot the extension, sorry). You shouldn't have any problems as long as you make the backup and don't power down during the flash. Good Luck!

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