Need BIOS foe Packard Bell NEC iMedia 1508/N

April 18, 2016 at 22:57:59
Specs: Windows XP/Win 7, Pentium 4 3.06GHz / 4GB RAM
Reason for needing BIOS update:
I wish to upgrade the current 3.06GHz/533MHz CPU (P4 SL8JA Rev OE) which is non-Hyperthreading to a 3.8GHz/800MHz P4 HT SL7Z3, which the Gigabyte site/manual indicates is compatible with the mobo.
The machine has Award 2004 version 10v BIOS which has no means of enabling Hyperthreading, so I need to update the BIOS to a 2005(>) HT-supportive version so that the HT attributes of the replacement CPU can be recognized/utilised.

PB no longer offer any support for this model (<2008 = Too old).
Their “older products” pages (2004~2007 models) list some Win XP drivers, but no BIOS updates.
I am just going round in circles looking for a copy of a BIOS upgrade which will enable Hyperthreading support.

Any factual input, especially a copy of the relevant BIOS update (does version 20u support hyperthreading?) or a (live!) link to download it would be very gratefully received. Alternatively is there a patch for the current version?
Other OEM BIOSes for the GA-8i915PM mobo do not appear to be compatible with the PB NEC mobo, although would presumably be patchable – for a competent coder (which is not me!).

Machine details as below:
Model: Packard Bell NEC iMedia 1508/N
Model Type: UTOW – 8UN
MS WHQL No: 8UN 957446
PID: 0488533
P/N: PB43213001
Current Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
Original Operating System: Win XP Home Edition
System Manufacturer: Packard Bell NEC
System Model: Packard Bell NEC PB13212701
System Name: 00000000000000000000000
System Version: PB13212701
SNID 041411720075
Chassis No. 50524E
Mobo is marked Gigabyte GA-8i915PM 40A254 00725
Northbridge Intel i915P/i915G rev. B1
Southbridge Intel 82801FB (ICH6) rev. 03
Chipset: Intel 2580 Rev 4
Chipset Model: i915P/i915G
Chipset Revision B1
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801FB (ICH6)
Southbridge Revision 03
Super IO: ITE 8712F Rev 7 at port 002E
SMBIOS Version: 2.3
BIOS chip is labelled Phoenix D686 Phoenix 1998 20090956
BIOS firmware:
System BIOS version: Award Software International, Inc. 10v 11/21/2004
POST Screen: 11/21/2004 i915P – 6A79VG0DC-00
Interface Type: Single PATA IDE channel + 2 SATA channels

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April 19, 2016 at 14:40:55
Do you have a floppy drive connected? Do you know how to flash a BIOS using 2 floppies? There are other ways, but I've always had good luck using this method. Here's what to do:

1. create a WinME OEM boot floppy. Download the file from, insert a blank floppy disk, then double click on the file & follow the instructions. This will create Disk #1.

2. Go to the Gigabyte site & download the F8 BIOS for model GA-8I915P-MF

3. Double click on the file & it will unpack into a folder containing the following 3 files: 8i9pmf.f8, autoexec.bat, FLASH893.EXE

- right click on autoexec.bat & select Edit. It will open in notepad & the text will be: flash893 8i9pmf.f8. Add the following switches (/py/sn/f/cc/r) to the end of the text so that it's flash893 8i9pmf.f8 /py/sn/f/cc/r & then save the change. Copy 8i9pmf.f8, FLASH893.EXE, & the newly edited autoexec.bat to a blank floppy disk. This is Disk #2.

4. Make sure your BIOS boot order is set so that the floppy drive is listed 1st. Insert Disk #1, boot off it & select Minimal Boot. When it stops at the A:\> prompt, eject Disk #1 & insert Disk #2

5. At the A:\> prompt, type autoexec.bat, press Enter & let it do it's thing....


When the flash is complete, the system will reboot.

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April 21, 2016 at 23:58:14
Many thanks for your kind reply and apologies for delay responding.

Several points:

I have downloaded the F8 BIOS from and note that it is 512KB.

I am now trying to discover the BIOS ROM size of the PB chip before proceeding as I recall a blog from a while back by someone who tried loading a Gigabyte retail BIOS onto a PB Gigabyte mobo and found out the hard way that it was too big for the chip. Do you have any info?

Floppy drive:
Yes, there is one and Device Manager says both the drive and the controller are present and "working". However, it doesn't work. I think that this may be due to the machine running Win 7 rather than the original XP OS. Apparently this can be overcome by temorarily disabling the HPET in the BIOS. Problem: the Award 10v BIOS does not have any mention of HPET (too old) so no way to test this. Could the flashing be done by CD rather than floppy?

Any thoughts?

Your highly valued input is much appreciated

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