|abit fatal1ty f-190hd|
Support - I assumed you bought in the USA:
NOTE that if you DID NOT buy it in the USA, the mboard version or revision and the corresponding bios updates MAY BE DIFFERENT - make sure you select the right country when you look up the support and bios updates for your model.
There seems to be only one mboard version or revision for this model - at least, there aren't any others listed.
For bios version Bios ID 13 and up -
"This BIOS does not support older version of FlashMenu.
Please update FlashMenu to V188.8.131.52 or later version prior making this update."
FlashMenu is what Abit calls it's Windows based flash utility. It's on the CD that came with the mboard, but you have to use a NEWER version with Bios ID:13 and up - you may have used an older version and that's why the flash failed.
If you DID use the specified newer version, things can go wrong when you use a Windows based flash utility - the safest way to flash is by using the bootable floppy method.
I checked by downloading one and looking at it's files with WinZip - the proper Award flash utility version is included with each bios update download - that you can use to flash using a bootable floppy disk, or it can be used by the bootblock bios.
In this case, if your bios weren't screwed up, you would simply boot with a bootable floppy that has all the files included in the bios update download on it and type:
Runme (press Enter) . That won't work because the boot block bios can't process keyboard input.
Abit doesn't seem to have any info about what you do when you have the boot block bios situation on their web site or in the manual for your model.
"Q. I flashed with the wrong file.
(my note - or the flash was not successful)
Is there any way to recover?
A. If your floppy drive seeks on power up and then stops after a short period of time, you may have a chance to recover. The following information was obtained from Wim's Bios http://www.wimsbios.com/ FAQ's. Corrections on AWARD Bios by Terry McGuire.
Award: The boot-block BIOS will execute an AUTOEXEC.BAT file on a bootable diskette. Copy an Award flasher & the correct BIOS *.bin file on the floppy and execute it automatically by putting AWDFLASH *.bin /sn /py /cc /r in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file. The * would be the correct bios .bin file and there must be spaces between the slash marks. Put it in the floppy and turn on the computer when the floppy seeks it will load the correct bios and reboot by itself. When it finishes you have to remove the floppy and enter the cmos SETUP and modify the CMOS for your configuration."
In M612a-xx.txt in the extracted bios update files, where xx is the specific BiosID number, it says:
"Please notice that we suggest you flashing the bios with switches
/py /sn /cd /cp /cc /cks /R
I recommend leaving out /R.
I think that's for reboot - if so, the computer will reboot automatically after the bios has flashed successfully - if you DO use it be ALERT and eject the floppy if it does auto reboot, BEFORE the floppy drive is accessed while booting. If you miss dong that at the right time, DO NOT eject the floppy disk or you might trash the bios - let it flash the bios again. For that reason I do not recommend using the reboot switch.
The RunMe.bat file that you use when your bios is working properly, which runs the Abitfae.bat file that actually flashes the bios does not use the /R switch
After BIOS updated, pull off the power cord and then clear the CMOS data via jumper before restarting system please."
More detail - How to clear the cmos properly.
1.It's critical that there be nothing wrong with the floppy disk you use - sometimes they have undetected bad sectors on them these days - the quality control of them isn't as good as it used to be.
To check it, I recommend you format the floppy you are going to use - DO NOT use the Quick format switch - a full format is very good at finding previously undetected bad sectors. In XP, RIGHT click on A with the floppy in the drive, select Format, nothing else.
When the format has finished, RIGHT click on A, choose properties - it should say 1,457,664 bytes - there should be no bad sectors - if there are bad sectors, don't take any chances - start over with a different floppy disk.
2.When you have a floppy disk with no bad sectors, Format the disk again, and in XP select only Create a MsDos Startup disk.
Copy Awdflash.exe and M612a_xx.bin from the bios update download contents you extracted to the floppy, xx being the specific Bios ID number of the bios update you're using
4. Create a text file on the floppy - type the line that runs the flash utility on the bios update, all on one line.
Save the file as Autoexec.bat
NOTE that if the common file extensions are not visible on the computer you are making the file on, you must go to Control Panel - Folder Options - View and make them visible, otherwise you will be making the filename Autoexec.bat.txt instead of Autoexec.bat.
Awdflash M612a_xx.bin /py /sn /cd /cp /cc /cks
xx being the Bios ID number of the bios update you're using, and there is a space between everything -
between Awdflash and M612a_xx.bin
between M612a_xx.bin and /py
between /py and /sn
5. Boot your computer with the prepared floppy flash disk in the drive. The boot block bios should automatically let the flash utility update the bios.
You should see the floppy led go on and off.
You probably won't see anything graphical.
You may or may not see progress messages or a message that the flash was successful.
The mboard may or may not beep when the flash is successful.
Keep in mind sometimes flashing a bios is really SLOW - it may take 5 minutes or more.
If you see or hear no indication the flash was successful, WAIT at least 5 minutes AFTER the last time the floppy led flashed, then eject the floppy and reboot the computer.
If you used the /R switch, I think that's for reboot - if so, the computer will reboot automatically after the bios has flashed successfully - be ALERT and eject the floppy if it does auto reboot, BEFORE the floppy drive is accessed while booting. If you miss doing that at the right time , DO NOT eject the floppy disk or you mat trash the bios - let it flash the bios again. For that reason I do not recommend using the reboot switch
6. When you reboot, you will get a CMOS CHECKSUM ERROR or similar message, but if the flash was successful, you will be no Boot Block Bios message after that, and you will be able to enter the bios. Go into the bios Setup and set at least the date and time - that will stop the CMOS CHECKSUM ERROR or similar from appearing when you boot after that, and LOAD BIOS DEFAULTS, save settings.
Abit recommends your clear the cmos (see the link above), in which case next boot you'll get the CMOS CHECKSUM ERROR or similar error, and will have to go into the bios to set at least the date and time, but bios defaults for the specific bios version will be loaded by default.
7. You computer should boot your hard drive properly, if the default boot order settings are correct for your situation - if not you'll have to go into the bios and set the drive you want to boot from as the first one in a list of hard drives.
I recommend you set the boot order to floppy drive first, if you have and use one, CD drive second, hard drive third - that works for most bootable disk or drive situations without you having to change boot order settings.
A CD drive does not have to be listed first in order to boot from it as long as it is before all hard drives.
In all the bioses I've tried it in, admittedley mostly older ones, listing a floppy drive after a CD drive does not allow a bootable floppy to be recognized while booting.