How to update Award Modular BIOS v6.0?

October 15, 2010 at 01:30:27
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB DDR
My PC config is Intel Celeron 1.7GHz & BIOS details: Award Modular BIOS v6.0. Sometimes when I connect a USB hard disk/ particular pen drive, my PC doesn't work, hangs and I can't open the pen drive. What can I do to solve the problem except changing my config? Pls help me. Thank you.

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#1
October 15, 2010 at 02:40:04
Well a bios update would only be done if the update specifically said that it would resolve a USB problem with that motherboard.You would only obtain a bios update from the maker of that motherboard or if it was built specially for Dell or HP then get a bios update from there and no-where else.

That said, I doubt a bios update would resolve such an issue.

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#2
October 15, 2010 at 03:07:17
I agree with Richard. Award Modular BIOS v6.0 is a generic name that means nothing when it comes to a BIOS updates. It is the motherboard manufacturers designation that you should be looking out. Having said that, whenever you get problems with a computer, the BIOS is the last thing you start thinking about.

I would start by looking in Device Manager ans see if there are any problems there. Any yellow question marks or exclamation marks next to USB controllers.

After the look in the event viewer, that may give you a clue as to what is going on.

Stuart


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#3
October 15, 2010 at 04:43:20
Thnx Richard and Stuart 4 ur suggestions. I found that my pc's BIOS name is P4SGX-MX (ASUS) and the type is Socket478. So, then I browsed asus suport center and downloaded the update file matching the BIOS version. But the update is a zip file which extracts to a "002" format. Now can you help me directing how to update d BIOS? Thnx again...

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#4
October 15, 2010 at 05:16:13
I wouldn't update the BIOS at the stage. A BIOS update is something you consider after all other possibilities have been exhausted. Unless the BIOS information says that the update will actually fix the USB problem you are having, then it will achieve nothing and if you get it wrong, render your computer useless. If the USB was working previously then there is no reason why the BIOS should stop it from working. The BIOS code is in Read Only Memory which is practically immune from corruption.

If you really insist on updating the BIOS there should also be a BIOS update application that you can download with the necessary files to do the update. This will tell you how to do the BIOS update as each manufacture is slightly different.

Stuart


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#5
October 15, 2010 at 15:14:44
You downloaded the Beta BIOS...are you sure that's the one you want? And you apparently didn't read the BIOS flash instructions. You need to have a floppy drive & a bootable floppy disk containing both the BIOS file & the BIOS flash utility file. Then you boot off the floppy & perform the BIOS flash from DOS.

Go back to the Asus site, download the flash utility & read the flash instructions. Personally, I don't think the flash will help. And understand that if you do it incorrectly, it's very possible that the board will never boot up again.


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