I've inherited PC based on a Soyo 5ea board (no longer suppoted by them). I need to update the BIOS to fit a larger hard drive and would appreciate some advice. The current BIOS shows during boot as Award v4.51PG with extension v1.0a. The Soyo site has an update 5ea-d5 dated 1998-04-02. Is this my best (only?) option, or are there any other sources of upgrades? Thanks for all advice,
you could press pause durring startup...there will be a long string of numbers on the bottom of the screen...you could go to awards website and type em in...they will find the newest bios for your board...
There are third party BIOSes for a lot of older boards, some guy figured out how to hack old BIOS to support larger drives and started a free BIOS movement. You can try www.wimsbios.com to get more information, or google your board.
If all else fails, you can add a bootable PCI IDE adapter, which would have it's own BIOS and be treated by the motherboard as a SCSI card. Simply add the card and set the motherboard to boot off SCSI first.
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