Award BIOS Recovery

This is a simple method for recovering from a bad BIOS flash.

1.) Attach a floppy disk to a working computer.

2.) Go to and create a Windows 98 boot disk. If you have a DOS disk lying around, this will also work.

3.) Delete the config.sys file. If you cannot see this file, make sure that the viewing of both hidden and system files is enabled in your Windows Explorer settings.

4.) If there is no config.sys file on your boot disk, open the file ‘autoexec’ with notepad. Delete anything that is in there and copy and save these lines:


5.) Make sure that, when you save the file, the file extension is .bat, not .txt. Replace ‘BIOSFILE.BIN’ with the name of the modified BIOS image.

6.) Copy awdflash.exe and the modified BIOS image to the floppy disk. Make sure that the Award flasher is named awdflash.exe.

7.) After this, if your computer is booting drives, it should automatically pick up the floppy and reflash the BIOS a second time. You will see floppy activity if all is well.

7 Responses to “Award BIOS Recovery”

  • Bobbi:

    GT5622 (Gateway 5622 Vista Hme Premium)

    I had Hiren BootCD load and was trying to reload my bios thinking I had a virus..

    Well.. lost power and no more bios….

    Any suggestions,

  • Don:

    I guess i did a bad flash.
    My screen stays black it doesn’t even load the bios and usually me PC revs up high and then relaxes but now it justs stays reved up.

    I really don’t understand the Award Bios recovery TUT it’s not to well written also would it be possible for someone to make a video tut of doing this or how to?? Also if anyone has one PM me.

    Motherboard: MCP61PM-HM Rev 2.2 Nettle 3 I really need some help please respond ASAP.

    • The tutorial is fine – but a video in future might be helpful.

      The Nettle3 thread clearly spells out in first page the 2.2V flash risk. I have sent you a PM with some recovery details we can follow.

  • ian:

    good day will u pls help me i upgrade my bios to v3.15 version then suddenly i accedentally shut the pc and when i turn it on again it goes like this:

    Copyright (c) 2000, Award Software, Inc.


    Detecting IDE ATAPI device …
    Found CDROM, try to Boot from it…

    my motherboard: K8S-LA
    compa presario SR1538X

    Can u help me with this and to flash using cdrom?

    THank you i gladly happy with ur kind-hearted help.


  • yassin:

    hi, thank you so much for help
    but the problem is when i make a bootable floppy
    there is not enough space for my 1024kb .bin bios
    it’s for the foxconn g31mxp
    can you help me please ??

  • sebholz:


    Its a long story, dont know what happend me but Ive flashed down a all BIOS of a different version (MS-6378) then of an old board that is realy a MS-6378 Ver: 3 (what Ive found out is a MS-6378X-L).

    Now the board only makes at first power up, 1 long beep followed by 2 short beeps, them stops and them back again, makes a constanly high shorts beeps.

    Tryed the procedure above with a floppy disk and a PS/2 keyboard pressing “Enter” but nothing happends.

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