it's been 25min now and "starting caldera dr-dos..." is still on the screen. i have the 680i mobo and i put the new p26 bios on a floppy which i placed in the A drive. 'FF' is on the mobo led display, which indicates "boot", but why is it still going? should it really take this long?
it did also say "verifying dmi pool data...update success" but i have no idea what this means, and this was displayed above the "starting caldera dr-dos, leading me to think that i had to wait for the caldera thing to load.
Something's not right. First, the DMI pool stuff is just a normal BIOS bootup message. The starting DRDOS is the DOS on the floppy starting up, and should have been followed by something within 30 seconds or so. Unless the BIOS update is setup on your floppy to autoexecute on bootup (not a good idea), you should eventually have a DOS prompt waiting for you on the screen. At that point you enter the proper command (or batch file name) and run the BIOS update. The update program itself likely will have a nice character-based graphic showing the update progress.
Seems like it got stuck during the DOS startup.
this is a new computer, and it does not have an OS loaded onto it, and i don't know if i need to assign hard drives (2 sata hdrives- a 150gig raptor for primary and 320gig seagate for storage) or whatever in the bios. i did clearly hear the A drive spool up, and that resulted in the "starting caldera dr-dos..." but nothing happended after that
i have created my bios update floppy correctly according to the NF68_p26.exe that i ran, i have created my startup disc succesfully, so what might be problem? is it possibly the A drive (which i know works) not reading the disc for some reason?
i've tried two diff't floppies now, same result. #$%!
You need to use a pc that has dos, XP does not have a true dos and will not work. There is a site called BIOSmods.com , they have self extracting boot image software you can use to make a bootable floppy.
You're lucky it crashed loading DOS and not while updating the BIOS. I killed a motherboard with a bad floppy that way years ago. I only flash firmware from within windows now, too scary to use a floppy. That and I don't have a floppy drive anymore...
You were lucky, I have all kind of problem updating bios over the years, win and dos. I purchased a programmer for the ones that crash, and have spare chips just encase the chip is bad. Allows be to salvage computers that failed during bios updating.
I had a power hickup doing one one time. Now I only do it with UPS backup.