|I can't get any of the links at the page mickliq referred to, to work. |
There are lots of links to downloads for old PCChips mboards on the web that no longer work.
Manual M770LMRT, version 1.2C - multipart *.doc files
If you don't have Word on the computer, Wordpad can usually read them.
If not, you need to download and load the freeware standalone Word reader from the Office support on the Microsoft web site.
start-12C.doc - M770LMRT (mboard ?) version 1.2C, Copyright 2000
mboard diagram - Part2-12C.doc
Same bios update e2k0314s.rom that the link in mickliq's referenced page is supposed to link to:
That and other updates.
I have no idea which one is the newest.
The ones NOT in the 810E folders MAY be for mboard versions that have the 810 main chipset :
Hsing Tech's retail brand was / is PCChips, but they also sell / sold their mboards wholesale to many other vendors, who may use the same or a very similar model number as a PCChips one, or their own unique model number.
M770LMRT = Matsonic MS 7023D = ECS P6IWT-Me
Matsonic MS7023D manual:
mboard diagram page 17 of ms7023d.pdf
Once it has fully loaded, click on the floppy icon in the top bar (of Adobe Acrobat Reader) to save it to your hard drive.
Matsonic no longer has anything for mboards as old as yours on their web site.
ECS P6IWT-Me manual
mboard diagram page 6 of chap2.pdf
Appears to be identical in content to the Matsonic manual except it's slightly modified by ECS to state the P6IWT-Me model
ECS P6IWT-Me picture and spec sheet
ECS probably no longer has anything for mboards as old as yours on their web site.
"....what do you hope to accomplish by updating the BIOS?"
Hsing Tech / PCChips is well known to use the absolute cheapest bios flash chips.
Sometimies the flash chip physically fails the FIRST TIME you try to flash the bios !
There is no such thing as a bios update that will allow the main chipset to recognize larger individual ram modules than originally specified. Sometimes mistakes were made in the original manual or specs and the main chipset will actually recognize larger modules, but that does not apply in this case. This mboard series has two ram slots, the maximum per slot is 256mb, and mboards of this vintage often require that 256mb modules have 16 chips, not 8.
1. This motherboard's Intel 810 or 810E main chipset was probably first made in 1999 and probably cannot support recognizing a hard drive larger than 137gb manufacturer's size (128gb binary size in the mboard's bios and in the operating system) as it's full size even if you flash the bios with the last available manufacturer's bios update.
If you are trying to get the mboard to recognize a hard drive larger than 137gb, you will probably have to buy yourself a PCI EIDE (a.k.a. PATA) drive controller card and connect the drive to that.
If you have only one hard drive on the computer, or if you have more than one but you want to boot an operating system from a drive connected to the card, you MUST be able to select SCSI in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios, and you will need to have SCSI listed before hard drive in the Boot Order or similar list.
If you want to install an operating system on the drive, the Windows 7 (or Vista) DVD may NOT (the Windows 2000 or XP CD WILL NOT) recognize the drive controller card's chipset - in that case you need to load the drivers for the drive controller card's chipset at the beginning of loading files from the disk, otherwise Setup will NOT find the drive connected to the card.
2. If you wanted to update the bios because it doesn't recognize a CPU you installed properly, there has never been much info provided about which bios versions support which cpus provided by PCChips .
3. There are four versions of the Intel 810 (Whitney) main chipsets.
The M770LMRT may have come in several mboard version series - most PCChips mboards do - your mboard may have an 810 or an 810E main chipset.
If you use a bios update for the wrong main chipset, or the wrong mboard version series (e.g. the I/O chips may be different), the mboard will probably NOT BOOT after you have flashed the bios !
You can go to the Intel web site and have your Intel main chipset identified to see whether it's 810 or 810E by running a program, but that's not going to help if you don't know which main chipset the bios update is for.
4. You must use the proper AMI flash utility version to flash the bios with. If the bios update download does not have the AMI flash utility you are supposed to use with it included, if you use the wrong AMI flash utility version to flash the bios, either you will get a message indicating that version can't be used, or the flash utility may not work properly and you MAY end up with a mboard that will probably NOT BOOT after you have flashed the bios.
If you don't have and don't know which AMI flash utility version to use....
Uniflash has all the selections visible on two screens, and you use your cursor keys to move to another selection on the screen.
Standard way to use it is:
- extract files from Uniflash download
- See Uniflash.doc (in Wordpad).
- copy uniflash.exe to a bootable flash floppy along with your extracted bios update file.
- Boot with the floppy type uniflash (Enter) at the Dos prompt
- back up your present bios to the flash floppy!
I recommend this:
- Advanced - flash WITHOUT flashing boot block - if you get an error message, go back to main page and choose flash WITH flashing boot block.
NOTE that bios updates usually do not change the boot block part of the bios, so this error can be an important warning to you and you are wise to NOT go any further, QUIT Uniflash, and MAKE SURE you have the right bios update before you resort to flashing WITH flashing the boot block! Flashing the boot block is okay if your bios was somehow corrupted (which is rare), or in the rare case the boot block part was changed by the manufacturer, or if you are SURE it will work because it is for exactly the same combination of all the major chips you have on your mboard or is an alternate brand's bios for the same mboard, and you are SURE you have the right bios update.
After you flash the bios, the first time you boot you will get a "Cmos Checksum Error...." or similar message. You will either be prompted to enter the bios Setup or you will automatically go there. Enter the bios Setup, and load Bios Defaults - save settings, reboot. You MUST do this (or Clear the CMOS by moving a jumper on the mboard) in order to make sure the bios update is fully accepted by the mboard's bios - otherwise, the contents of the Cmos part of the bios and what you see in the bios Setup may not match the bios version, and your settings in the bios Setup may not work properly.
You also need to set the present data and time in the bios Setup.