[Techtalk] FreeBSD on ancient Pentium BIOS upgrade question
elwing at elwing.org
Fri Apr 7 04:56:57 EST 2006
On Apr 6, 2006, at 2:01 PM, Amanda Babcock Furrow wrote:
> My next question - if I need a whole new BIOS, how can I safely
> it? Is there any way to safely fall back to the old BIOS? Right
> now it's
> a working machine, and I'm loathe to risk losing that.
You need to get the BIOS update from your motherboard manufacturer
(if they're still around). I doubt that you will find a BIOS that
will support that size drive though. You might get to 8.4 or 32 GB.
The motherboard manufacturer will usually provide a bootdisk that
will flash the BIOS. Sometimes, they provide a way to back out of
the update, most of the time they don't. Personally, I've never had
a problem with updating BIOSes, but there's always a first time. You
will most likely have to find a windows (or even DOS) machine to
create the BIOS bootdisk.
http://www.pcmech.com/show/bios/81/ has a decent howto explaining
the possible pitfalls (and other options).
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