BIOS Update problems?

  Chegs ® 09:53 02 Feb 2004
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I am trying to improve the lousy performance of my 2x120Gb SATA HDD's,I have located all the neccessary .BIN files,a flash utility,etc.The instructions state...


"How do I change the SATA Firmware in the BIOS?
OK, firstly you'll need to obtain cbrom215 which I have renamed to CBROM.EXE

You can use this to find out useful information about the BIOS by doing:

cbrom BIOS.BIN /D

Next you need to get the SATA Firmware you are interested in, the latest one is 4.2.27 which I obtained by doing:

cbrom C18D1007.BIN /pci Extract

The option ROM in question in all cases I have seen is "A", but it's probably worth checking.

Next you should try to update the Firmware with:

cbrom NEW_BIOS.BIN /pci 4227.BIN

If that fails, due to lack of space, you'll need to remove the logo, so do this instead:

cbrom NEW_BIOS.BIN /logo Release
cbrom NEW_BIOS.BIN /pci 4227.BIN

Or you could remove the EPA logo (I haven't tried this):

cbrom NEW_BIOS.BIN /epa Release
cbrom NEW_BIOS.BIN /pci 4227.BIN

That should be it, all you gotta do now is cross your fingers and flash the new BIOS."


Tried the above and this is where my probs start...

I type

A:\cbrom BIOS.BIN /D

as it is supposed to give me a clue as to what firmware I presently have,but get

A:\CBROM V2.15 (C) Award Software 2001 all rights reserved. BIOS.BIN file not found.

Then tried

A:\cbrom C18D1007.BIN /pci Extract

C18D1007.BIN file not found.

Then tried each line from the above,but still getting "File not Found" messages.

How can I find out what the BIOS.BIN file of my hdd's is,so I can retry to flash the new BIOS to it?

PS:I know flashing firmware can be risky,but I still wish to try it.

  Chegs ® 10:11 02 Feb 2004

click here

Here is a screen rip of the cbrom.exe commands.

  Chegs ® 10:45 02 Feb 2004

Now I'm getting a...

"CAN'T FIND [PCI] ROM" message,so presumably I either missed the instruction to point to the hdd bios,or my hdd has no ROM.

  Chegs ® 10:48 02 Feb 2004

click here

New command produces this (image)

  Chegs ® 11:10 02 Feb 2004

Well,I typed

A:/cbrom.exe 4227.bin /d

and got a few minutes of the DOS window showing lines of zero's,so something has happened.

click here (screen rip)

  Chegs ® 11:35 02 Feb 2004

Reran speed test on hdd and the result is...


no flippin difference!


Tested in FAST mode


Average/Max seek time : 9.85 ms / 14.58 ms


Random seek time : 8.91 ms

Track-to-track seek : 1.71 ms

Random access time : 14.37 ms

Linear verify speed : 41883 KB/s

Min/Max verify speed : 14608 KB/s / 51578 KB/s

Buffered read speed : 4524 KB/s

Hard Drive speed index : 1010.49

and its still freezing at "Testing Track 14,050" when doing the Linear verify speed+Buffered read speed.

  Chegs ® 11:37 02 Feb 2004

Tested in FAST mode

Average/Max seek time : 9.85 ms / 14.58 ms

Random seek time : 8.91 ms

Track-to-track seek : 1.71 ms

Random access time : 14.37 ms

Linear verify speed : 41883 KB/s

Min/Max verify speed : 14608 KB/ s / 51578 KB/s


Buffered read speed : 4524 KB/s

Hard Drive speed index : 1010.49

slightly easier to see.

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