boot to dos in xp

  rsturbo 20:41 06 Mar 05

i need to boot to dos from a floppy to be able to update my bios, i create the correct boot disk (i think) but it won't recognise the c drive i'm using xp boot disk from

have tried various boot disks but none allow me to see c drive it is using ntfs file system

  howard60 20:47 06 Mar 05

you can get to the dos or what passes for it in xp from start - accessories - command prompt.

  howard60 20:48 06 Mar 05

if you want to get to your bios you do not need dos you just press either the delete key or f1 or similar on switch on.

  rsturbo 20:50 06 Mar 05

i mean i am flashing my bios - to get it to recognize my new bigger processor.

i need to boot to dos not the bios and not a dos window, thanks for posts so far

  keith-236785 20:56 06 Mar 05

i would suggest going back to bootdisk and download a win98SE startup disk (unless it is one you have already tried)
, double click on it to create the floppy disk

i know it sounds wierd when you are using XP but it does work for me.

not too sure if it would see a NTFS partition though.

give it a go, nothing to lose.

  rsturbo 20:57 06 Mar 05

also tried creating boot disk from xp by right clicking floppy formatting using option at bottom

  bremner 20:59 06 Mar 05

As an aside you should only flash the BIOS if you absolutely have to.

Do you absolutely have to?

  rsturbo 21:00 06 Mar 05

in the instructions from msi they specifically not to do this from floppy??
they basically instruct place flash utility and .1co file in root directory boot with floppy then run utility from root. not sure what to do now!!! :(

  User-312386 21:01 06 Mar 05

Please advise us of your MOBO

There are flash utilities that you can do within windows itself

  rsturbo 21:08 06 Mar 05

click here is the zip file i need

  User-312386 21:11 06 Mar 05

Flashing the BIOS for Users using NON FAT file system

Check your BIOS for BIOS FLASH Protection & "DISABLED" it, some boards have this function.
For Example:
K7T266 Pro (MS-6380) -BIOS setup/chipset setup/BIOS protection/disabled

Know Your model number
a. Open your case and look for the MS-XXXX number on the motherboard between the PCI slots, also check the version number that is written there as well. (some motherboards are named like K7T Turbo, make sure you have the right version number)
b. Boot up your system & take a look at the top left screen during POST, you should see something like "A6380MS v1.7 122101" This means the board is MS-6380 with BIOS version 1.7
Hint : Many systems are clearing this message very fast, the bios version is then unreadable, you can either press "PAUSE" or disable the "Quick Boot" in the BIOS setup.

Download the BIOS that matches your motherboard AND version number (some motherboards are named like K7T Turbo, make sure you have the right version number). BIOS can be found according to the CPU type of your board like if your CPU is Intel P4 478 type then look here
if you cannot find the BIOS that matches your board, try here

Extract the file you have downloaded to a floppy (not the win ME/98 startup floppy) by double clicking the file in windows mode and supplying the path a:
Boot the computer using a windows ME or windows 98 startup disk. It must be one of these! A plain boot disk will not be good enough.
If you do not have Windows ME or 98 to create the floppy you can make one on a friend's computer or download a self creating copy from a website such as click here.

Once the computer has started booting from the disk an option menue will apeare on the screen with several options.
Please select the option to boot with CDROM support and press the enter key.

When boot is done there will be a message on the screen showing :"Diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to drive" followed by a single letter.
This letter is the leter assigned to the RAMDRIVE. This RAMDRIVE is a virtual drive in the system memory and can be accessed and controlled like any other drive with DOS commands such as:
MD - Make Directory
Copy - copy a file
Delete - Delete a file
There is one important difference which is that being in the system memory this drive is wiped once the computer is restarted or shut down.

Replace the startup floppy with the one containing the flash utility and bios ROM files previously extracted in windows.

Copy the 2 files to the RAMDRIVE by using the DOS command copy.
Here is an example, in this example the flash utility is AWFL814B.EXE ,the ROM file is w6373nms.220 and the RAMDRIVE letter assignment is D
copy awfl814b.exe d:copy w6337nms.220 d:

Change the current working directory to the RAMDRIVE root directory, with the example case of the RAMDRIVE being drive D this is simply done with the command d:

Execute the flash utility with the ROM file as a command line argument, with this example:
awfl814b w6373nms.220
If you wish to save the current bios you must specify the full path a:\filename. Specifying only a file name will save the bios to the RAMDRIVE which will be wiped after restarting the computer and the file will not be saved.
a:\bios.old is an example of the correct way to save the bios.

Reboot your system when prompted.

If your system doesn't boot after you flashed, please refer to the BIOS recovery method as described.

click here

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