BIOS Update

This BIOS Update documentation will demonstrate how to update a computer’s BIOS that may be required in order to fix computer bugs or add new features to your system. It is important that you have a specific reason for updating your BIOS, doing so when there is no need is an unwanted risk that should not be taken into consideration. Usually, a motherboard or computer manufacturer will tell you if an update for your system is required. Additionally, if you have a greater knowledge of your PC and want to modify your BIOS to achieve a specific goal, consider making an inquiry in our Forum.

The first thing to identify when updating your BIOS is what platform you’re system uses; the most common being Award, AMI, and Phoenix, which we will go into further detail later.

To identify what platform your BIOS uses, check to see if any of these logos appear on bootup:

Award BIOS Logo

Award BIOS EPA Logo

AMI BIOS Logo

AMI Boot Logo

Phoenix BIOS Logo

 

 

If none of these images help you identify your motherboard BIOS company, the easiest way to check this information is by using identification tools such as Everest or CPUID, or simply consult your manual or OEM manufacturer.

After you have determined the BIOS type, you can use the corresponding methods listed below. We will also review situations where the manufacturer provides the easy “one click” solution.

The “One Click” Solution: This is a term that refers to computer companies that package BIOS updates that are designed to be run in Windows without any hassle. If you are simply trying to update to the latest BIOS version released from a computer manufacturer and are not computer savvy, please download the package found on your support page (only applies for prebuilt systems!) A generic list of links to support pages is listed below:

Acer | ASUS | Dell | eMachines | Gateway | HP | Lenovo | Toshiba

If you do not fall under the one click category, then its time to prepare a bootable USB flashdrive that we will use to boot DOS. This is needed to run the FLASH routine.

Download the HP USB disk format tool and install it here.

Once installed, open the utility and select the USB flashdrive to format. Below, tick the bubble for creating an MSDOS startup disk. It will then want you to point it to a DOS image folder. You will need to download and unzip this DOS image (do NOT use your own DOS image) here. Once it has completed formatting your drive, open up the USB flashdrive in My Computer. Verify that there are only three files on the USB flashdrive. Be sure to unhide hidden and system files so that you can be sure that there are only three files. If you see three DOS files, you are ready for the next phase.

Copy the BIOS update image that you want to flash to the USB flashdrive (If you are unsure of where to get this, please post in our forums). For the Award platform, the BIOS file should be named “bios.bin”; for AMI, it should be named “bios.rom”; and for Phoenix, it should be named “bios.bin”

The final preparation stage needed for our USB flashdrive is the flash utility itself, which varies according to the platform. According to your platform, download the appropriate utility to your flash drive below.

Award BIOS= Award Flash

AMI BIOS= AFUDOS

Phoenix BIOS= PHLASH

Finally, reboot your computer and select your USB flashdrive as you boot DOS. Then, enter the following command based on your BIOS: (for a complete list of switches, consult our forums)

AWARD= awdflash  bios.bin  /py /sn /f /cc /r

AMI= afudos bios.rom /P /B /N /C /E /K /Q /REBOOT

PHOENIX=phlash bios.bin

While the update is in progress, do NOT touch your keyboard or turn off your PC. Avoid doing this while there is a possibility of a power outage as well.

If you followed all of these steps correctly, then your computer will successfully reboot with the updated BIOS!

 

36 Responses to “BIOS Update”

  • ahmed:

    i want to backup of my pc running bios. Phoenix Bios4.0 release 6.0, and the required bios revision is mod6r124 kontron embedded. can you help me?

  • Bingyan_Lee:

    could you help me open hp dv4-5004tx RAID mode for BIOS ?
    The BIOS download link :http://h30318.www3.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp58501-59000/sp58743.exe
    Thanks a lot !

  • Guru:

    i have mi945gcm mercury motherboard with old bios preloaded
    i want new version of AMI bios
    problem is that my NVidia 210 graphic card is not supported window 8
    please give me the latest version of my bios.rom file and image file.
    thank you very much…

  • Guru:

    if any one hear then please reply on this form
    http://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-bios-updating-problem-mercury-KOBIAN-PI945GCM
    and modify the bios for new nvidia 210 graphic card.
    thank you

  • City Hunter:

    i have a Biostar Motherboard and the bios says is a Phoenix-award, in the biostar page of this Model there is NO DOS based flash utility, only Windows and online utility.that same site says i can flash it from a pendrive if i hit f12 in the post will lead me to the flash udate utility build in the bios,but nothing happens.no flash utility,now that option is on the bios but is to use the obsolete-untrusty floppy drive to flash it!so i need some help here,flashing it from floppy is not an option,i need a DOS based flash utility to burn it on a bootable cd or pendrive, but has i say this bios ver is strange at leas for me since its says its Phoenix-Award! and here i see that or there is a phoenix flash utility or award but not both together? i read somewere phoenix and award have fussioned so there must be an utility, ive tryed but i dint find any. any sugestions? my motherboard is Biostar NF61S AM2 ver 6.1

  • joshua:

    I’ve been searching, and searching, for a bios update for my HP Pavilion a6530f Desktop PC. I currently have the BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.13, 5/2/2008, I would LOVE to have a BIOS that is overclock-able for this pc, or even just an-up-to-date bios would be great, please and thank you , Joshua

  • Harish:

    Hi there,

    HP Pavilion g6-1d16dx Notebook PC
    Bios Update File Link:
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=5228835&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=5186811&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=4063#120

    sp61005.exe

    1. There was no bin file after extracting SP61005.exe
    2. How to covert exe to bin for further use in creating the flash drive.

    Thanks.

  • spottdzebra:

    so i have a phoenix technologies, LTD / award bios v6.00pg bios . so which one do i have, im a little confused. the logo is phoenix but it says award. and is there any way to do a cdrom version of this procedure because my bios doesnt recognize usb booting.

  • NGneer:

    I’ve been trying to flash my BIOS on my HP pavilion m9340f desktop PC with ASUS IPIBL-LB motherboard and AMI (modified by HP) BIOS since I believe its corrupted and I can’t boot into Windows. I’ve posted on the HP forums with the details but haven’t received any responses that worked
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Lockups-Freezes-Hangs/bios-not-fully-acpi-compliant/td-p/3026931
    I’ve extracted what I believe to be the ROM file from the latest HP BIOS download using 7zip, renamed it HPBIOS.ROM and tried the instructions here but when I run afudos with the suggested parameters It just returns to the DOS prompt and when I run it with /s to get the current BIOS info I get “-Error: BIOS is write protected”. I’ve also tried the AMI BUPDATER but get the response “Failed to find the update module”. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • ®ow:

    is it possible to update a pheonix award 5.05 bios core version 6 ….i got hp amd phenom x4 9500 and wanna clock it…i know how to clock just cant acces the settings…its grey
    i been searching for months but really didnt get anywhere on unlocking the settings in bios…so think update is the only way…if even possible
    is it?///mobo is a narra3 according to msi liveupdate5 but that software doesnt find any bios update :S

  • Voke:

    I have a samsung ativ book 2 that has a bios problem. I cannot acces my bios menu, it just goes straight to the OS. I have tried reinstalling Windows and disabling fast startup but still, no matter how many times I press the f2 function key, it doesnt work. please help. The bios is phoenix

  • So, what about InsydeH2O BIOSes? My Acer laptop killed itself by corrupting its own BCD, and the BIOS is locked up by the manufacturer. And I can’t boot off of a CD or anything because Secure Boot is enabled.

  • Robert:

    I have an old HP Pavilion Media Center a161n desktop using Windows 7 bit software. It was a Windows XP computer. Anyway I have a Phoenix Technologies, Limited bios version 3.10. Which bios should I use to update the old HP Pavilion Media Center a1612n? There are no more updates for the computer on the HP web site. Please help or give me suggestions. Thanks.

  • Dish:

    I have a Fujitsu A514 notebook – bios phoenix 1.16 latest. Is my laptop bios eligible for mods. All I want to unlock is dedicated video ram.

  • Aaron:

    I Have an Lenovo G560 (Intel Pentium p6100,2gb ram, intel hd graphics)and I want to overclock it with bios (InsydeH20) because I cant find any working software it possible and how does it work?

  • mannie:

    Hi, I own a hp dv6500 with vista pre-installed but I formated it, now running arch linux, so here what’s up, I already flashed my bios with phoenix F59A provided by hp and with vista installed, so my question is can I flash the bios with arch linux or I will it with vista. Please help.

  • Anant:

    Hello,

    I need the BIOS file for HP Touchsmart IQ528d All-in-one PC. Kindly provide me the latest BIOS file.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Anant

  • Theeo:

    need to update my bios to be able to do virtualization (motherboard model C14CR01 POSITIVO, intel core i3 2328M 8GB intel HD Graphics) can someone help me?

  • h35am:

    Instruction very unclear.
    I’ve got bios.whp provided from “https://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-Request-to-unlock-advance-features-in-Acer-Aspire-5740-Bios-Phoenix-1-28?page=2″
    and the tool for Phoenix BIOS= PHLASH is named different in the zip.

    • Hello h35am,

      When entering the command, replace “phlash” with the name of the phlash executable in the archive. In this case, you would type “ph1614 bios.wph” to flash your BIOS.

  • Hasitha:

    i need a updet for this bios p5k-vm v.1.2g this is a asus barebone motherboard p5k-vm so plice help….

    my current bios file – https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3q_uNEr31kvWHhobDlWZkthWDg&usp=sharing

  • daerias:

    Hi Community

    I have a notebook with the spec:

    DMI BIOS
    vendor INSYDE
    version Q3H32
    date 07/12/2010
    ROM size 1536 KB

    DMI System Information
    manufacturer wortmann
    product TW9/SW9
    version 05
    SKU Calpella_CRB
    family Intel_Mobile

    DMI Baseboard
    vendor Intel Corp.
    model Base Board Product Name
    revision Base Board Version

    how can I update my bios? please help me, I have tried to find something with google but I can’t find useful information about my BIOS.

    • Is there a particular reason you are looking to update your BIOS? Probably not worth upgrading unless there is a particular problem you are having with your machine.

  • john:

    hello i have a dell inspirion 3537 and my bios has not option to disable intel graphics what can i do ?
    i have hybrid graphics and i have problem with my linux i have to disable one of my graphic cards

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