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    Updating BIOS Without Floppy Disk

    Anyone know how?

    I've got the proper files (Award BIOS for Intel GC11010N.86A from November 8 2005). Really old!

    It says to download these files onto a bootable disk ... well currently my cranky ole desktop is not reading the DVD-ROM nor the USB ports properly and never had a floppy ... which is why I figured I needed to update the BIOS. I tried uploading the drivers for each but the system said they were up to date.

    How do I do this without a floppy? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    My 3yr old laptop is in the shop right now getting a new lcd screen (kicking myself for not buying one on ebay and doing it myself .. but I know from experience that it's delicate work).

    Should I give it up and move on? I hate the RAM in this thing anyways - the max is 2G.

    I'd like to do a full swipe but if the drive isn't working now ... eeesh. Bit nervous on that.
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    Well you don't need a floppy you need a disk that will boot into DOS that you can run the bios update utility from.

    http://www.styma.org/bootcdrom/bootcdrom.shtml

    (note this is a google search link, I haven't tried this exact method)

    I doubt a bios update will solve your problem, but it can't hurt.

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    I have always used ISOs and CDs as no floppy

    With proprietary BIOS you can often do it via CD. They usually have a free as in [] MeS-DoS clone to run their updater. They could, if they wanted to also use the free syslinux boot loader which provides significant MeS-DoS capabilities.

    You could build an ISO to run files from floppy image with syslinux. I have done this for my custom Microsoft Windows installer under Debian GNU/Linux.

    With free and open systems such as http://www.coreboot.org/ you may have more options, but this not supported by system vendor so check your system is supported by coreboot first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    Anyone know how?

    I've got the proper files (Award BIOS for Intel GC11010N.86A from November 8 2005). Really old!

    It says to download these files onto a bootable disk ... well currently my cranky ole desktop is not reading the DVD-ROM nor the USB ports properly and never had a floppy ... which is why I figured I needed to update the BIOS. I tried uploading the drivers for each but the system said they were up to date.

    How do I do this without a floppy? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    My 3yr old laptop is in the shop right now getting a new lcd screen (kicking myself for not buying one on ebay and doing it myself .. but I know from experience that it's delicate work).

    Should I give it up and move on? I hate the RAM in this thing anyways - the max is 2G.

    I'd like to do a full swipe but if the drive isn't working now ... eeesh. Bit nervous on that.
    when usb and disk drives stop working alot of times thats a virus blocking access to them so you can't remove them
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