Select Burn to transfer BIOS image

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January 24, 2009 at 10:26:03
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.396 GHz / 735 MB
Hi, first of all if I'm posting in the wrong forum please do let me know. Okay, here goes:

It's been a while since I updated the bios on my computer and recently its been giving me a blue screen. I'm trying to follow the instructions on my computer manufacturer's website but I can't find the "Select Burn to transfer BIOS image to CD" option on my CD burning program. When I try to open the file with my program it says it can't read those type of files.

The CD burning programs I have are:
-Nero 6 Ultra Edition
-Sonic RecordNow DX version 4.6

I would appreciate any explanation as to how to follow these installation notes. I'm really new at this, please forgive my ignorance!

(source: http://www.nec-computers-ap.com/sup...
1. Download the file and use the CD burning software to open the file.
2. Select Burn to transfer BIOS image to CD.
3. Restart the system with CD and follow on screen message to complete BIOS update.


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#1
January 24, 2009 at 11:13:26
How do you know that the BIOS is giving you the blue screen ? Also, it's not necessary or advisable to update the BIOS if that’s not the cause of your problems. Do you get the blue screen when you boot into XP ? If so, does the computer restart ? If not, write down the error code and search on Google or post here.

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#2
January 24, 2009 at 11:22:52
Sorry, I should have given more detail. I do get the blue screen when I boot into XP and it said that if I hadn't seen it before I should restart the computer, but if I had seen it before, to update the bios. Erm, I'm only following what my computer told me to do!

Currently my bios version is 1.01 and the one n the website for my specific notebook (Versa E680) is 1.07. I have found version 1.03 on the net. Should I just upgrade to that one instead?


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#3
January 24, 2009 at 11:28:26
kx5m2g, has given you good advice.
The Bios should not be upgraded unless you are absolutely sure that it will fix a problem that you have. It's 'extremely' rare for a bios to be the cause of a problem.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#4
January 24, 2009 at 11:29:57
I highly doubt a BIOS flash will fix the problem.

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#5
January 24, 2009 at 11:50:54
Thanks for your advice on the BIOS. I really don't know what else to do. The university tech desk ran chkdsk /r and told me the problem was fixed. I ran defrag at home and the computer seemed to run better but today it has a blue screen stating that I have BIOS errors. Should I post a hijackthis log?

I tried to start up in safe mode but the computer wouldn't let me. Finally I chose disable restart on system failure.

Microsoft directed me to the "Blue screen error caused by a device or driver" page and I updated all my drivers. All that is left is the BIOS update.


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#6
January 24, 2009 at 12:40:10
Try memtest86, it could be RAM

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#7
January 24, 2009 at 13:45:24
Try posting the exact error message, word for word.

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#8
January 24, 2009 at 14:34:15
If you get anything wrong when flashing BIOS your motherboard is dead. Blue screens are most unlikely to be due to BIOS version.

There can be a multitude of reasons including poor connections inside the machine - check them all.

some other bloke...


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#9
January 24, 2009 at 15:30:58
I find it difficult to believe that you are actually getting Bios errors. I 'can' believe that you might be having memory errors that are mistakenly diagnosed as Bios errors. Test your RAM.

http://memtest86.com/
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.
Run it overnight and any failures are unacceptable.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#10
January 24, 2009 at 18:37:27
Thanks, I will test the RAM. Here is the error message code btw:

Error code 1000008e, parameter1 80000003, parameter2 bf800add, parameter3 f75c2cd0, parameter4 00000000.


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#11
January 24, 2009 at 19:05:17
I see from your posting on the BleepingComputer forum (teafy) that you have had PfModNT errors showing in Events. I think you should see this discussion about that event error because apparently it relates to a "Creative Driver":
http://www.sharkyforums.com/archive...

It would be worth looking in Device Manager to see if there are any errors showing because driver problems can cause blue screens.

At this point I'm going to opt away (I've supposed to have retired from this forum and only poked my big nose in to warn you about BIOS flashing). Hope you get it sorted....

some other bloke...


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#12
January 24, 2009 at 19:34:25
Derek: I didn't know that you could formally retire from this forum. Maybe you'll be like some of those great athletes(Brett Favre) who always seem to be "unretiring".

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#13
January 24, 2009 at 19:38:22
kx5m2g

Yeah, I'm beginning to think u are right LOL.

EDIT Err...I mean about not retiring

some other bloke...


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#14
January 25, 2009 at 11:50:17
Thanks for the great advice! I disabled PfModNT in the device manager and increased the size of my paging file. So far, computer has started without any problems *crosses fingers*.

I'm still interested in testing my memory however I remain clueless as to how to burn an image to CD. I used Magic ISO and made the memtest.zip into an ISO file, but when I burned it to CD, it was just a zip file in the CD. Is this correct? Is it supposed to be an ISO file? How do I do this?

Thanks very much for helping me with my questions.


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#15
January 25, 2009 at 12:06:56
Deepburner free burns iso files

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#16
January 25, 2009 at 15:08:39
Oh dear, I'm back, promises promises LOL

See this:
http://www.playtool.com/pages/memte...

The extracted files should be an iso "image" (not the zip file, which was a compressed version for download). If you double click the iso file you should get an option to extract its contents.

You then go to your burner and look for something like "Burn image to disk". This should produce a folder called BOOT on the CD, with a couple of files inside it.

Your computer will boot to this if you have set your CD drive to be before your other drives in BIOS.

some other bloke...


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