|Happy New Year Everyone. My daughter's PC is giving me a bios error message, during POST. "unknown flash type" although i never flashed its bios. so i've decided i'm gonna flash it now. my first bios flash. I'm gonna paste the details from the document i made up using info from dr hardware|
CPU - SL5WH
intel p4 steping : D0
1900mhz-curent clock speed 1900mhz
32bit, hyperthreading (1 threads)
mmx, sse, sse 2
cpuid value 000F12h
brand id 8h intel p4/0.18µm
chipset VIA Apollo P4X266+VT8233 southbridge via V-link
L2 cache 256KB Unified Cache
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
id string 10/05/2001-P4X266-8233-6A6LWE19C-00
(C) 1984-2001, Award Software, Inc.
128MB/ * 2
Parity: no, ECC: no
LVTTL (not 5V tolerant)
Cycle=7.31ns (CAS Latency 3.0)
Module:x64, Prim.SDRAM: x0/x0
smbios= no info
host bridge, pci-pci bridge, isa bridge, ide mass storage controller, usb serial bus, audio multimedia, these are all by VIA
VGA Video controler: nvidia fx5500 256mb ram
on the mainboard itself, it says P4VXAS, but low and behold, on the ecs AND the viaarena website, that mainboard is not mine. i did not find it, everytime i thought i finally located it, i'd download the manual, and didn't match, it would say it has 3 rows of simm and 2 of dimm, or that it supports AGP 8x. My Mainboard supports AGP 4x, or at least that's the highest option in my outdated bios. and I have 3 RAM slots, SDRAM the ones with two notches.
the jumper settings matched from the other manuals, and then when i finally installed dr hardware and it told me the northbridge chipset is the VIA Apollo P4X266, i finally found the manual, but then again, the manual says nothing about the writing on my board, P4VXAS.
This is why I'm here asking for a hand, I need to do the following:
1. back up my bios
2. update bios because it's outdated and it throws out a message "unknown flash type" during POST
I got a floppy installed, so i'm here and ready, but won't do it until one of you guys tell me how to back it up. i don't even have the bios flash utility, all i know is that need a floppy drive and some floppies.
I always say it's best to doublecheck.