Do I need to flash my BIOS?
Yes, we recommend flashing your BIOS to the latest popular BIOS. You can check the BIOS page
for the latest update. The latest and unfortunately the last BIOS update from Abit is RU. Our BIOS updates contain many modified RU
revisions. HPT366 BIOS updates, Pentium III Micro Code updates, Color ABit BP6 Logo, and some with the HPT366 disabled.
Here is the complete BIOS flashing process for the BP6. Remember, from this point on, we hope you know what you are doing...
These instructions do not use a DOS boot disk. You can place the files that are used to flash the BIOS on a DOS boot disk and follow the instructions listed below. Also, some of the information listed below, is specific to different versions of Windows. Your mileage may vary.
I'm not sure if ABit wrote this or if Award did. It was in the NJ BIOS Update ZIP file. I only edited a couple things, so what you read is the original README file. I didn't add the "Good Luck!" at the end, but it is appropriate.
BIOS Readme[ Readme ] BIOS Upgrade Instruction
In order to flash update the BIOS, you will need 2 files: The BIOS binary file and AWDFLASH.EXE utility file. Create a directory or folder on your C: and name it BIOS. Download the BIOS file you needed (the latest revision always covers the updates from previous revisions), i.e. BH6FU.EXE, and download the AWDFLASH.EXE into the new BIOS directory. Execute the BIOS file, then it will automatically self-decompress into a binary file, i.e. BH6_FU.BIN. You can execute the file by double clicking it inside Windows Explorer, or run it under DOS. Take a piece of paper and write down AWDFLASH.EXE and the name of the BIOS binary file.
Shut down your computer properly, then turn it off. Restart the computer, press DEL to go into the BIOS, then please disable the following:
CPU Internal Cache
CPU External Cache
Video BIOS Cacheable
Video BIOS Shadow
Save it, then restart the computer press Ctrl + F5, just before Windows starting up, for a clean boot, you will get the message "Windows is bypassing all your startup files" and you end up at the DOS prompt. Type in "cd BIOS" to go into your newly created directory. Type AWDFLASH newbios.bin /py /cc /sn /cd, where newbios.bin is the file name for the BIOS binary file you want your BIOS to upgrade to. For example, updating BH6 (bh6_fu.bin), you would type:
AWDFLASH bh6_fu.bin /py /cc /sn /cd
After the flash update is completed, power off your computer, then discharge the CMOS with the jumper (detailed instructions are in the BP6 manual). Power the computer back on, press DEL to go into BIOS, then please:
Load the Setup Default. Go into CPU Softmenu to adjust your CPU speed and voltage (please make sure the CPU voltage matches your CPU specs). Save it and Exit it.