PhoenixBIOS 4.0, Revision 6.1?

November 12, 2006 at 11:44:12
Specs: Ubuntu 6.10, PII 233Mhz/ 256MB

Hello Everyone,

I have a PII workstation that was made by Digital Equipment (DEC), which has since been bought by Compaq Computer, both companies are now owned by HP (Hewlett-Packard).

HP used to support DEC equipment . . . but they apparently don't any longer. I am getting an error "ACPI unable to locate RSDP" when attempting to install Ubuntu Linux. I have found that this is because my PC does not support ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface). My understanding (after lots of research) is that Revision 6.1 of this BIOS adds ACPI support (as well as adding USB 2.0 and some other features).

I cannot find the 6.1 download of PhoenixBIOS 4.0 on either the Phoenix or HP websites. Can anyone help me?

Thanks in advance!


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#1
November 12, 2006 at 11:59:43

BIOS manufacturers write BIOS versions and then the Chipset/MBoard maker will coustomize using the features licensed and needed to support the hardware on the board. Due to this process you cannot simply flash ANY Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Revision 6.1. Look at the site below for an updated BIOS. There is a fee to download but appears to have some guarantees of compatibility. You may need the model of the Motherbaord and the original BIOS chip. Search thier Legusy database.

http://www.phoenix.com/en/Customer+...


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#2
November 12, 2006 at 12:07:12

Hi OtheHill,

Yeah, I saw this support website and e-mailed them before posting here. Haven't heard back from them yet and was hoping someone on this site had a better suggestion.

Thanks for the information though! Any other help or suggestions are still appreciated. Thank you!!!!



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#3
November 12, 2006 at 12:12:50

I don't know if you are aware of this or not, but a BAD BIOS flash will make the computer unbootable. This is why you need to proceed with caution unless you like to gamble.

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#4
November 12, 2006 at 12:51:44

I am an old guy and have flashed the BIOS of maybe ten to fifteen different computers over the years and never had one go bad, but thanks for the warning!

Anyone know where I can find this PhoenixBIOS 4.0, revision 6.1?


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#5
November 12, 2006 at 20:09:37

Even if you found the elusive PhoenixBIOS 4.0, revision 6.1, it will be of no use to you since it is more or less a model BIOS that OEMs still have to manipulate according to their product specifications & this has already been hinted by OtheHill.

http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...


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#6
November 12, 2006 at 20:13:34

If you really need it badly I suggest you see if a taylored version for your exact MBoard is available from the Site I linked.

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