Solved SOLUTION: Phoenix BIOS: Cannot flash (e.g. HIMEM)

April 22, 2013 at 07:11:11
Specs: Solaris i86pc, Opteron 2222
Phoenix Bios upgrade, HIMEM message
(New solution in reply to original thread)

SOLUTION: Phoenix flash error: Cannot flash when memory managers ( e.g. HIMEM) are present.
USE: from Timo Heissenb├╝ttel

 1. Delete all partitions on your stick
 2. Create one primary partition and mark it as active
 3. Format that partition using FAT32
 4. syslinux\syslinux.exe -fma X:
 5. xcopy usb-root\* X:\ /E/H/I
 6. copy your flash tool and flash binary into the flash\ folder
 7. Reboot
 8. press [Enter] at syslinux boot: prompt
 9. double press [Enter] while your asked to change date and time
 10. your done! have fun!

Experienced the same problem as OP this weekend (on different machine from OP). Several years back I created a bootable USB-drive to flash a SUN Workstation. Tried reusing the old USB-drive to flash an identical SUN and PHOENIX threw the above error. I used the above link with utility to make a new USB drive. It worked on the first try, <15 min of effort and I was done.

Created the drive in: Windows 7 Pro SP-1
Workstation: SUN-Micro Ultra 40 M2
SUN PHOENIX BIOS 1.20 => 1.25

Hope this helps someone, someday.

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April 22, 2013 at 13:10:16
Thank you for your contribution.

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April 22, 2013 at 17:04:43
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Yeah, when flashing from a bootdisk you don't want any memory management drivers--like himem.sys--loading. As long as the boot media just has the basic system boot files the bios flash should be uneventual.

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April 30, 2013 at 13:50:24
In this case I couldn't find himem.sys (or similar) on the old USB, but clearly something was there that didn't belong. Marking 'Best Answer' for fun. Thank you both!

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April 30, 2013 at 15:48:24
Himem.sys is for dos and early windows setups. With that you just boot up with the 2 hidden dos system files and else--to do the bios flash. Linux may be different.

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