updating BIOS with windows 2000....impossible?

I've got an asus a7v133 with an AMD Duron, running windows 2000 proffessional. I recently bought a AMD tbird 1.33ghz.

To install the chip, I need to first update my BIOS.

I downloaded the flash utility at asus.com (aflash.exe) and the driver file for my motherboard (asu4000.awd)

but to run the flash utility, I have to boot into DOS first.
This, as far as I have found, is impossible with windows 2000.

I've tryed everything, manually copying system files to a diskette with the BIOS files, even making a boot disk from a virus scanner that starts up in dos found on the win2k CD....everything I can think of, but still no show. Windows is on FAT32, so if I could only get a DOS prompt, everything would be solved.

PLEASE, if anyone has ANY ideas, repy to me.

thanks in advance.
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  1. Win 2K can make startup disks can't it? just make a startup disk, and just go int DOS prompt when it asks instead of installing windows. Once there, pop in the utility disk and have at it.
  2. Did you change the device boot order in the BIOS to the A: drive before attempting to start the computer with the boot disk?

    Start the computer with a Win9x or a DOS <A HREF="http://www.drd.dyndns.org/index2.html" target="_new">boot disk</A>, and then access the flash utility on a second floppy disk from the DOS prompt. This will allow you to save the older BIOS on the second floppy during the procedure ... something that should <i>always</i> be done when flashing to a newer version.

    I have a feeling that you may not have thoroughly read the instructions on how to flash the BIOS which are posted on the Asus website. Please take a moment to review them ... a bad flash is no laughing matter.

    <A HREF="http://www.asus.com/inside/flash_nb.htm" target="_new">How to Flash BIOS??</A>

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  3. yep, I read the asus docs buried in their horrible site.

    and yes, I'm booting off the floppy

    I'll check out the link, see if it works
    thanks for givin it a go either way
  4. if it IS possible to make a start up disk on wind2k,
    microsoft is making it beyond difficult to find such a function.
  5. this is what the windows 2000 help is saying.

    To create setup disks

    Insert a blank, formatted, 3.5-inch, 1.44-MB disk into the floppy disk drive.
    Insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
    Click Start, and then click Run.
    In the Open box, type d:\bootdisk\makeboot a: (where d: is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive), and then click OK.
    Follow the screen prompts.

    I didn't try it my self so i can't say it will work

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  6. I tried that one already -

    the disk only boots windows, I can't see a way to get to a dos prompt
  7. <A HREF="http://www.bootdisk.com/" target="_new">BootDisk.com</A>

    Real simple if you experience more problems after this then there is some other error your overlooking or perhaps a problem with your system...

    Good Luck!

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