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 +@related: [[BIOS]] [[MSI]] [[VIA]]
  
 +====== America Megatrend International : AMI BIOS ======
 +
 +==== AMI ====
 +
 +@tag: [[MSI]] [[VIA]] [[Floppy]]
 +
 +Stupid [[MotherBoard]] [[MSI]] Motherboard : [[K7T266]] Pro ( [[MS-6380]] / [[vt8366]] ) does not support [[USB]] [[Boot]] , even after upgrading it :
 +
 +  * http://www.msicomputer.com/msiapps/ts_form.aspx?case_id=8000007&email=www.rzr.online.fr@gmail.com
 +
 +Let's hope [[LinuxBios]] will support it someday : http://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards
 +
 +Anyway here is how to flash a BIOS on [[Linux]] :
 +
 +  sudo apt-get install wget unrar antiword mtools dosemu wine
 +  wget http://download1.msi.com.tw/files/downloads/bos_exe/6380v19.exe
 +  mkdir tmp && cd tmp
 +  wine ../6380v19.exe  # or wine *.exe : it will unrar the files
 +  antiword  "How to flash the BIOS.doc"
 +  #
 +  wget -O /dev/fd0 http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/distributions/1.0/fdboot.img
 +  #
 +  mcopy *.* a:
 +  dosemu  -A
 +  #
 +  AMIFL827.exe A6380VMS.190
 +   
 +
 +<code>
 +$ antiword  "How to flash the BIOS.doc"
 +
 +Special Note:
 +The BIOS and DEVICE DRIVERS contained here are exclusively for Micro-Star
 +products only. Micro-Star assumes no responsibility for any damages
 +resulting from improper use or lack of technical expertise.
 +
 +WARNING!!!!!
 +DON'T FLASH FROM A FLOPPY DISK!!!!
 +DON'T FLASH WHEN YOUR SYSTEM IS RUNNING FINE!!!!
 +DON'T FLASH IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!
 +
 +Award BIOS Flash Procedure
 +(Special Thanks to Forum Moderator Bas for his valuable contribution)
 +1. Check your BIOS for BIOS FLASH DISABLED and ENABLE it, some boards have
 +this function.
 +For Example:
 +K7N420 Pro (MS-6373) – BIOS setup/Integrated Peripherals/BIOS
 +Protect/Disabled
 +
 +2. 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 “W6373MS v2.1 122101” This means the board is
 +MS-6373 with BIOS version 2.1
 +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.
 +
 +3. 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
 +http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/socket_478.php
 +if you cannot find the BIOS that matches your board, try here
 +http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/more.php
 +
 +4. Extract the BIOS-archive that you have downloaded by double clicking to
 +c:\test
 +
 +5. Boot your system from a Win98 or WinME boot-floppy.
 +How to make boot floppy in case your don’t have it ready:
 +For Win9X, You can type [C:\ format a:/s] from the DOS prompt.
 +For WinMe, You can make a boot floppy from control panel--> add/remove
 +program-->make boot floppy. Remove autoexec.bat & config.sys file if
 +there's any.
 +For Win2000, there's no way to make boot floppy, so you have to either use
 +Win9X or WinME boot floppy.
 +For WinXP, you can make a DOS boot disk. Go to Your Computer, right click
 +drive A:, select Format, select copy system files. 
 +
 +7. When you get the A:\ prompt, type the following sequence:
 +C: <enter>
 +cd\test <enter>
 +C:\test> awdfl783m BIOS file
 +(to save or not to save old BIOS is the user’s decision)
 +
 +8. Reboot your system when prompted
 +
 +P.S. If your system doesn't boot after you flashed, please refer to the
 +BIOS recovery method as described
 +http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/note.htm
 +
 +
 +AMI BIOS Flash Procedure
 +
 +(Special Thanks to Forum Moderator Bas for his valuable contribution)
 +1. Check your BIOS for BIOS FLASH DISABLED and ENABLE it, some boards have
 +this function.
 +For Example:
 +K7T266 Pro (MS-6380) –BIOS setup/chipset setup/BIOS protection/disabled
 +
 +2. 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.
 +
 +3. 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
 +http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/socket_478.php
 +if you cannot find the BIOS that matches your board, try here
 +http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/more.php
 +
 +4. Extract the BIOS-archive that you have downloaded by double clicking to
 +c:\test
 +
 +5. Boot your system from a Win98 or WinME boot-floppy.
 +How to make boot floppy in case your don’t have it ready:
 +For Win9X, You can type [C:\ format a:/s] from the DOS prompt.
 +For WinMe, You can make a boot floppy from control panel--> add/remove
 +program-->make boot floppy. Remove autoexec.bat & config.sys file if
 +there's any.
 +For Win2000, there's no way to make boot floppy, so you have to either use
 +Win9X or WinME boot floppy.
 +For WinXP, you can make a DOS boot disk. Go to Your Computer, right click
 +drive A:, select Format, select copy system files. 
 +
 +7. When you get the A:\ prompt, type the following sequence:
 +C: <enter>
 +cd\test <enter>
 +C:\test> amifl827 BIOS file
 +(to save or not to save old BIOS is the user’s decision)
 +
 +8. Reboot your system when prompted
 +
 +P.S. If your system doesn't boot after you flashed, please refer to the
 +BIOS recovery method as described
 +http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/note.htm
 +
 +Flashing the BIOS for Non-FAT file system (Thanks to Forum Moderator Assaf
 +for his valuable contribution)
 +1.Check your BIOS for BIOS FLASH DISABLED and ENABLE it, some boards have
 +this function.For Example:
 +K7T266 Pro (MS-6380) -BIOS setup/chipset setup/BIOS protection/disabled 
 + 
 +2.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.
 +
 +3.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
 +<http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/socket_478.php>
 +if you cannot find the BIOS that matches your board, try here
 +<http://www.msi.com.tw/support/bios/more.php>
 + 
 +4.Extract the file you have downloaded to a floppy (not the win ME/98
 +startup floppy) by double clocking the file in windows mode and supplying
 +the path a:\
 + 
 +5.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 enogh.
 +If you do not have Windows ME or 98 to create the floppy you can make one
 +on a friend's computer.
 + 
 +6.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
 +Deleate - Deleate 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.
 + 
 +7.Replace the startup floppy with the one containing the flash utility and
 +bios ROM files previously extracted in windows.
 + 
 +8.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:\
 + 
 +9.Change the current working directory to the RAMDRIVE root directory, with
 +the example case of the RAMDRIVE being drive D this is done by simply done
 +with the command d:
 + 
 +10.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.
 + 
 +11.Reboot your system when prompted
 +
 +12. If your system doesn't boot after you flashed, please refer to the BIOS
 +recovery method as described
 +</code>
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