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Guidance on Flashing my Laptops BIOS......please


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goodtyneguy

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I would like to flash the BIOS on my laptop with an update for which I need a little help please.

The BIOS is by Phoenix Technologies, the version I have installed is R01-A1C 12/10/2002 and the latest is R01-A1F 03/06/2003

I have a DOS bootable floppy and I have downloaded the WinImage Self Extractor file from Fujitsu to a new clean floppy, the instructions from Fujitsu are below:

Installation description:
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* *
* BIOS Flash-update for Fujitsu Siemens *
* AMILO D-6820, D-7820, D-8820 *
* Product.Nr: none *
* *
*******************************************

After running %EXEFILENAME% the floppy disk should contain following files:

flash.bat
H2U_A1F.abl
H2UMBD.EXE
more.com
Nvram.lst
Phlash16.exe
readme.txt
readme.bat



To flash your BIOS boot in DOS-mode and run flash.bat from the floppy disk.

!! Connect AC adapter before flashing !!
! Please reboot your system after flashing !


current BIOS R01-A1F:


Solved problems:

- Check of correct thermal settings added. If the correct settings are not found,
the system will shut down.

Known errors, problems and restrictions:

- none

Additional information:

- none

********************************************************************************
******

predecessor R01-A1E:

Solved problems:

- The CPU cooling surveillance is optimized.


Known errors, problems and restrictions:

- none

Additional information:

- none

********************************************************************************
******
predecessor R01-A1D:

Solved problems:

- Support for Intel Pentium4 D1 stepping CPUs.


Known errors, problems and restrictions:

none

Additional information:

- Added the Intel logo to the POST screen.

********************************************************************************
******
predecessor R01-A1C:

Solved problems:

- Improved date and time accuracy of RTC (Real Time Clock)
- Supports thermal HW solution for new mainboard revision which might be introduced.


Known errors, problems and restrictions:

- none

Additional information:

- Updated VideoBIOS for the new Samsung VRAM video memory.
It is mandatory to use this BIOS Version in case of an LCD replacement.

********************************************************************************
******
predecessor R01-A1A:

Solved problems:

- Phase in of graphical user interface so that the handling of Flash update
is the same as D-6800, D-7800, D-8800.

Known errors, problems and restrictions:

- none

Additional information:

- none

********************************************************************************
******
predecessor R01-A0W:

Initial BIOS.

Known errors, problems and restrictions:
none

Additional information:
none


Following the instructions I doubled clicked on the WinImage self extractor file and was presented with a dialogue box giving me three options, writing on floppy, file extraction and image file. I am required to choose a destination for my choice.

I chose file extraction to the same floppy, it extracted all the files as mentioned in the instructions and deposited them on the floppy, in the process I got an "error writing" message when it copied two of the files. In view of this I deleted them and formatted the floppy and tried again but got the same error messages. As I said before the files have been copied.

Am I doing something wrong and can someone guide me through the right sequence to achieve my goal?

Thanks

Edited by goodtyneguy, 19 July 2007 - 02:35 PM.

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First I would format the disk completely.
Try again
If still doesnt work, I would format the disk completely again
Try copying other files manually over to it, any random documents.
If still doesnt work, try a new disk
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First I would format the disk completely.
Try again
If still doesnt work, I would format the disk completely again
Try copying other files manually over to it, any random documents.
If still doesnt work, try a new disk


Formatting the disk did n't work, I could copy files to it randomly and they were able to be opened OK.

I tried a new formatted disk and got the same writing error.

I created a folder for the self extractor file in C:\ and was able to extract the files into this folder without the writing error.

There are more extracted files present in the folder in C:\ than are in A:\ and some of them that correspond in name don't in size?

And I thought this was giong to be a relatively simple task!
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oops

Edited by goodtyneguy, 19 July 2007 - 03:27 PM.

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oops

Edited by goodtyneguy, 19 July 2007 - 03:35 PM.

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It might be a faulty floppy drive, or it might be a faulty download. Can you re-download the update to try again?
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It might be a faulty floppy drive, or it might be a faulty download. Can you re-download the update to try again?


Hi Ruthandtroy,

I doubt whether it's the floppy drive, it's hardly been used since I got my machine. On my first attempt I downloaded the WinImage self extractor to my desktop and then copied it to a floppy before extracting. Thinking that there may have been an issue with copying the file I then downloaded it from Fujitsu directly to the floppy and obviously that was problematic too.

I'm off to download it direct to the floppy and try once more, will report back the results.

Thanks
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