3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 24, 2012 7:04 PM by long

    Need help creating .BIO file using IFlash utility

    long

      I have a Gateway 5200S Desktop PC with a D915GAG motherboard.

      I did a BIOS flash upgrade of my Intel EV91510A.15A.0123 BIOS to the Intel EV91510A.86A.0470 BIOS. This was a MISTAKE!  I should not have done this.  Now it works very erratically.  I need the original EV91510A.15A.0123 BIOS file to flash it back.

       

      If I was to find another Gateway PC that is running the Intel EV91510A.15A.0123 BIOS then I could then make a copy of the BIOS running on that PC and then apply it to my Gateway 5200S.

       

      There are other models of the Gateway PC that are running the Intel EV91510A.15A.0123 BIOS.

      Here are just a few I have identified:

      *****************************

      Gateway 3250S

      Gateway 507GR

      Gateway 5200XL

      *****************************

       

      I have plenty of documentation on how to use IFlash to apply a .BIO file in a flash update.   What I do not yet have is how to CREATE a BIO file for use by the IFlash utility.

       

      I have here the command line documentation for IFlash v6.0:

       

      /////////////////////

      Intel Flash Memory Update Utility  Part 643643-051

       

          GUI-mode options:

              /m - Monochrome display            /b - Use BIOS video calls

              /t - Use EGA/VGA line count        /n - Do not use pointer device

          Command-line mode options:

              /h - Help (this text)

              /q  - Quiet mode; errors only, and no prompts

              /qb - Quiet mode; No beeps

          Standard options:

              /r - Force reboot after update     /@ - Use override file

              /f - Force CMOS defaults next POST /d - Verbose debugging output

              /p pathname  - Program FLASH device with contents of 'pathname'.

              /nr - No reboot when complete (SMI flash method)

              /rb - Reboot before update (non-SMI flash method)

          Special Operations:

              /v pathname  - Verify current flash with contents of 'pathname.'

              /x pathname  - eXamine flash header of 'pathname'.

              /sX pathname - Save resident flash area to 'pathname' (or 'vvvv'BIOS)

                     X = { 'B'IOS, 'L'anguage, 'U'ser, 'R'ecovery } area.

              /ae - Erase OEM CMOS Defaults.

              /ac - Copy Custom CMOS Defaults into the OEM CMOS Defaults.

              /af - Force OEM CMOS Defaults next POST.

              /ag pathname  - Get OEM CMOS Defaults to 'pathname'.

              /as pathname  - Set OEM CMOS Defaults with contents of 'pathname'.

              /ew pathname  - Write BMI settings with contents of 'pathname'.

              /er pathname  - Retrieve BMI settings to 'pathname'.

              /md - Load default modules only (like recovery).

       

      /////////////////////

       

       

      It looks like the correct command is 'IFlash /sB xxx.BIO'.  I am not sure because there is also the 'IFlash /sR xxx.BIO' command.  I need clarification on what each of the commands do.  I also am not certain if it is better for me to do the 'Instructions for Recovery BIOS update':

      http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-023360.htm#usb

       

      Using this method, I simply put only the BIO file on a diskette, remove the BIOS Configuration Jumper, and boot with the diskette in the diskette drive.  The PC will read the BIO file and apply the update.

       

      Or, should I do the IFlash command line option?:

      http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-023358.htm

       

      Using this method, I boot to DOS and, at the command line, enter:

      IFLASH /PF XXX.BIO

       

      Based on what I have been reading, it appears the most thorough method is going to be Recovery BIOS update method.  Either way, I just need to learn how to create the .BIO file from another PC first.

       

      Right now I need help with the process to create the .BIO file.

       

      Which commands do I use and why?:

      'IFlash /sB xxx.BIO'

      'IFlash /sR xxx.BIO'

       

       

      I would appreciate any feedback/input that I can get on this.

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Need help creating .BIO file using IFlash utility
          long

          I just booted to DOS and tried both commands on the Gateway 5300S Desktop PC and nothing happened.

           

          I tried both of these:

          'IFlash /sB xxx.BIO'

          'IFlash /sR xxx.BIO'

           

          Each time I enter the commands, I get the following on the screen:

          *****************************************

          Intel Flash Memory Update Utility  Part 643643-051

          *****************************************

           

          After that, it just returns to the DOS prompt.  I checked for any .BIO files and there are none.  No new files at all.

           

          If I do a 'IFash /?' command, I get the following:

          /////////////////////

          Intel Flash Memory Update Utility  Part 643643-051

           

              GUI-mode options:

                  /m - Monochrome display            /b - Use BIOS video calls

                  /t - Use EGA/VGA line count        /n - Do not use pointer device

              Command-line mode options:

                  /h - Help (this text)

                  /q  - Quiet mode; errors only, and no prompts

                  /qb - Quiet mode; No beeps

              Standard options:

                  /r - Force reboot after update     /@ - Use override file

                  /f - Force CMOS defaults next POST /d - Verbose debugging output

                  /p pathname  - Program FLASH device with contents of 'pathname'.

                  /nr - No reboot when complete (SMI flash method)

                  /rb - Reboot before update (non-SMI flash method)

              Special Operations:

                  /v pathname  - Verify current flash with contents of 'pathname.'

                  /x pathname  - eXamine flash header of 'pathname'.

                  /sX pathname - Save resident flash area to 'pathname' (or 'vvvv'BIOS)

                         X = { 'B'IOS, 'L'anguage, 'U'ser, 'R'ecovery } area.

                  /ae - Erase OEM CMOS Defaults.

                  /ac - Copy Custom CMOS Defaults into the OEM CMOS Defaults.

                  /af - Force OEM CMOS Defaults next POST.

                  /ag pathname  - Get OEM CMOS Defaults to 'pathname'.

                  /as pathname  - Set OEM CMOS Defaults with contents of 'pathname'.

                  /ew pathname  - Write BMI settings with contents of 'pathname'.

                  /er pathname  - Retrieve BMI settings to 'pathname'.

                  /md - Load default modules only (like recovery).

           

          /////////////////////

           

          If I enter 'IFlash', I am presented with a menu interface that has the following:

          **************************************

                Main Menu

          Update flash memory area from a file

          Exit Program

          **************************************

           

          Why am I not getting any output files when I do the 'IFlash /sB xxx.BIO' and 'IFlash /sR xxx.BIO' commands?

           

          Thanks.

          • 2. Re: Need help creating .BIO file using IFlash utility
            Brad

            long wrote:

             

            Why am I not getting any output files when I do the 'IFlash /sB xxx.BIO' and 'IFlash /sR xxx.BIO' commands?

             

             

            Just a guess, you are specifying a non-existent pathname, although the utility may be using the term pathname to mean the name of the file saved or flashed. Have you tried entering the BIOS and setting default values? That might fix it up. Or another last thing to try, flash up to the latest which is 0482, again set default values, reboot, and then adjust settings to your configuration. You'll either really mess up the motherboard and hate me for giving you bad advice, or things will work fine.

            • 3. Re: Need help creating .BIO file using IFlash utility
              long

              Brad,

               

              Thanks for the input.

               

              I have reset the BIOS to their default settings.

               

              I tried both of these:

              'IFlash /sB a:\intelb.BIO'

              'IFlash /sR a:\intelr.BIO'

               

              Neither one created an output file.  I just want to be able to create the appropriate .BIO file as input to the IFlash program when I do the 'IFlash /pf xxx.BIO' command.

               

              Thanks.