How do I update my BIOS?

  sobeitjedi 23:29 04 Dec 2003

I need to update my BIOS as it will not recognise my new 120gb hard drive. How do I update and what do I need to do?

My current Bios info is:

BIOS Date: 07/29/99
BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.60PGA
BIOS ID: 07/29/1999-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEF09C
OEM Sign-On: Version 1.15JI38
Chipset: VIA 82C597 rev 4
Superio: Winbond 877TF (use 87h) rev 0 found at port 3F0h
CPU: AMD-K6 400 Mhz MAX: 400 Mhz
BIOS ROM In Socket: Yes
BIOS ROM Size: 128K
Memory Installed: 128 MB
Memory Maximum: 768 MB
Memory Slot 01: 64 MB
Memory Slot 02: 64 MB
Memory Slot 03: 0 MB

  mike_w 23:31 04 Dec 2003

go to the motherboard's manufacturer website

  A_World_Maker 23:57 04 Dec 2003

Award Bios updates aren't free and they are not handled by the manufacturer, they have been farmed out to a 3rd party. They will offer you a 'chip upgrade' almost for the same price as a software upgrade.

  Stuartli 09:00 05 Dec 2003

This is the link to Phoenix, which took over Award, where you'll find info etc on Award's Bios product:

click here

  Gongoozler 10:23 05 Dec 2003

Hi sobeitjedi. From the BIOS number I was able to identify the motherboard make and model.


The 2A5LE tells me that the chipset is VIA Apollo (M)VP3. The FO tells me that the motherboard is by FIC, and that it is a Fic VA503 or Fic PA-2012 or FIC VA-503+ or FIC PA-2013 click here.

With this information I went to the FIC site and found that you can download BIOS software as well as a load of other useful information. click here

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