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Updating the BIOS on my Asus A8n sli deluxe

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September 26, 2010 8:54:35 AM

Hi Guys
September 26, 2010 8:57:33 AM

soop said:
Hi Guys



rrggh...

I'm updating my bios, and it says update the chipset to 6.5 for XP and 6.6 for win 2003/2k.. If I'm running Windows 7, which one do I choose?
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September 26, 2010 9:00:46 AM

Updating the BIOS huh.! All the very best.. Don't blow up anything..
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September 26, 2010 9:04:06 AM

Emperus said:
Updating the BIOS huh.! All the very best.. Don't blow up anything..



Yeah, TBH, I'd rather not - but I just put a new CPU in, and it doesn't recognise it as a dual core :( 

I did type all that out first of all, but then it wouldn't let me edit my damn post.
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September 26, 2010 9:40:15 AM

What mobo exactly there are more versions of the Asus A8n. What CPU?
September 26, 2010 9:46:54 AM

It's an Asus a8n sli deluxe and an Athlon skt 939 4200+ x2.

Updater is telling me there's no ASUS motherboard when I run it...
September 26, 2010 10:07:45 AM

I can't even tell what version I have now. Although the two 4200+ x2s should both be compatible at revision 1013
September 26, 2010 10:10:48 AM

Can I use a newer updater to update an older ROM?
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September 26, 2010 11:41:54 AM

There are more ways to update the BIOS.

Go in All programs/Accessories/System Tools/System information and see what version you have now.
September 26, 2010 12:02:38 PM

Ah, i says:
Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE ACPI BIOS Revision 1006 03/03/2005.

Doesn't seem to tie in with the revision numbers on Asus' support site though...
September 26, 2010 12:05:51 PM

strike that, of course it ties in. So yeah, I'm running an old revision.

Also: I hav no flooopy drive, and my USB stick is fubar'd. I got some SD Cards though
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September 26, 2010 12:36:28 PM

Do you have a CD or DVD writer?

http://us.msi.com/support/images/BIOS_CD.pdf

It's better to make two CDs, one with your current version - 1006 - on the same page in order to have a backup in case anything goes wrong and one with the 1016.

Then update the drivers as they say. You can find the chipset drivers under "Others" on the same page, get the V6.65 for XP.
September 26, 2010 4:49:02 PM

guh... I made a bootable CD, but that's all it's got on it. Maybe it didn't like the length of the directory name?
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September 26, 2010 4:55:33 PM

Don't you have a friend with knowledge in flashing the BIOS, it's a bit tricky this stuff, better be done by somebody who knows what to do.
September 26, 2010 5:23:14 PM

No not really. Don't get m wrong, I'm 31 and I've been taking apart PCs since god knows when, but I've never done a BIOS update on a PC.

I was really wary having seen it done on phones before, but when I heard there was an application I was set at ease: http://www.avforums.com/forums/apple-tv/1323811-apple-t...

However, it's not so easy.

The next CD Also was JUST a boot disc. As long as I can figure this bit out, I might be going somewhere. Be much more cost-effective if my USB key worked though.

Thanks for your patience BTW Mosox, it's appreciated.
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September 26, 2010 8:29:18 PM

OK, I see now that Asus has quite a few utilities for updating the BIOS but under the "BIOS utilities" on your mobo page there's no windows 7 utility (some work from windows) so it's better to contact them and ask. I found this one:

http://support.asus.com/technicaldocuments/technicaldoc...

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/ASUS-Up...

Asus forums:
http://vip.asus.com/forum/default.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

Whatever you do don't update from a file from the internet but from a file that you downloaded on your PC and select to save the current BIOS file.
September 26, 2010 11:56:35 PM

Thanks again. I'm in bed now, but I'll research tomorrow, and hopefully get time to try your advice
September 30, 2010 11:43:57 AM

got it working in the end using a CD, AWDflash.exe and the /tiny flag

Thanks for the help
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