BIOS_recovery.txt Driver File Contents (idf404_fs15_pcb2021.zip)

BIOS Recovery*

* For more info, see FIC Technical Support Web pages at http://www.fic.com.tw

Q: The new BIOS solves some problems but creates more new ones. I want to recover the old BIOS version. What now?
A: Hopefully you made a backup of the old BIOS onto a floppy. If not, download it from the Web.
Important: do NOT use the flash utility that came with the new BIOS. Use the one intended for the old BIOS. 

Q: How do I know what PCB is my motherboard?
A: Check the corner of the board, nearest to ISA (or PCI) expansion slots, loot for a number with a dot (.), e.g. 1.4.

Q: How do I know which BIOS version I have?
A: Check the left corner of the boot screen (e.g. Ver. 1.15JE30, probably the eight line from the top. The very top line (e.g. Award Modular BIOS v4.60g) is NOT an FIC BIOS version.

Q: Can I flash Award BIOS with AMI BIOS (or vice versa) on the same PCB?
A: No, because it would represent a violation of IPR. Also, the board may malfunction.

Q: Why doesn't my motherboard boot after flashing a new BIOS (BIOS Recovery Procedure)? 
A: Please read again the BIOS Update Instructions, and check that you have followed the steps outlined there. 

If you are using an AMI BIOS, make sure to reboot the system holding the "END" key prior to power on until you enter CMOS setup. E.g. the PT-2200 has AMI BIOS. 
If you played with the Flash EPROM Type jumper setting, check that it is set correctly for the EPROM chip installed on your board. Proper settings for some models is given below. 
If you've damaged contents of your BIOS chip by using DMI Utility or performing an incomplete BIOS upgrade, you can try the the Boot Block Feature (it's a BIOS feature) to recover your system. 
Try using an ISA VGA card and see wether that system will alow you to perform a Boot Block. The boot Block feature allows you to boot at least on Drive "A" for you to Re-program the BIOS using a Flash Utility. Download a BIOS and Flash Utility from our Web Site and try programming your BIOS again. 

Steps to restore Boot Block BIOS:

1. Have a bootable diskette (c:> format a:/s) with three files: flash upgrade utility, a BIOS file, AUTOEXEC.BAT containing a line like: flashutility.exe biosfile.ext /Py /Sn

Example:
VL-603, Award BIOS 1.14in12.bin, flash utility flash613.exe:
Add the following line to autoexec.bat (note that /Py /Sn means Program=Yes, Save=No)
flash613 114in12.bin /Py /Sn 

2. Boot the system from the bootable diskette containing the three files from Step 1. The system then runs flash utility according to the line in AUTOEXEC.BAT. Note that because Boot Block BIOS is small, it does not support PCI and AGP VGA graphics cards - it supports only ISA VGA cards. If you cannot find an ISA card for this procedure, you'll still be able to complete it, but without seeing anything on the screen.

You can also try to reset the CMOS by removing the CMOS battery for at least 2 minutes and try to short the negative and positive side of the battery socket by pressing it downward. 

If you still cannot recover the BIOS, try to find a computer or electronics shop (or friend) who's got an EPROM programmer (EPROM burner) that can burn-in a BIOS file into the Flash EPROM chip for you. You will need to supply the old BIOS file (either get a backup file from a floppy or download the last working BIOS from the FIC Web site).

Finally, if you still cannot recover your BIOS, you can try to purchase a new Flash ROM chip (partially remove the sticker on your chip to find out the type/specs and try to find (don't forget to check Internet search engines like Yahoo) a shop that sells Flash ROM chips.  After you've got a new chip, follow the steps in the paragraph describing EPROM programming device (EPROM programmer). The ultimate failure in BIOS update is when Flash EPROM chip is soldered onto the board. In that case you will need to de-solder the chip and solder the new (or recovered) chip onto the board - note that this will definitively void the warranty so do not attempt to do it unless you are ready to bear all consequences of such action!
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How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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