How to Build Your Own
(Slot A Processor)
Part 6 - Flash and Setup the BIOS
Last updated: 5/10/00
Also see How to
Build a Computer with a Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
In Part 6 we describe how to flash and setup
the MSI MS-6167 motherboard BIOS. This step requires a computer which
is interfaced to the Internet to download the latest motherboard BIOS from
MSI. It can be delayed until after the MODEM is installed and configured,
but is best done at this point.
84. Download the BIOS and Award Flash utility from MSI's
web site, The file I downloaded was w667ms13.exe. It
is a compressed, self-extracting file. Use the Windows Explorer
to double-click the compressed file and extract the following files:
||Award Flash Utility
||Notes and How to
||Version 1.3 of the BIOS
85. Boot the computer and check the date of the motherboard
BIOS which is displayed right at the beginning of the boot sequence. If
it older than the one that you downloaded, the motherboard BIOS should be
flashed. But first, I'll warn you that you will be taking a chance
if you do this and you will be doing it at your own risk.
If something goes wrong (e.g., a power outage) during
this process you could end-up with an unbootable motherboard. If
that happens you will have to find someone with the equipment to flash
the BIOS, obtain another BIOS, or buy a new motherboard. I've done
it many times without a problem. Someday it's going to get me.
86. Read the flash.doc file.
87. Make a bootable floppy without autoexec.bat and
I use DOS 6.22 for the floppy. A Windows 95
or 98 bootable floppy will also work. You could also wait until after
you have installed Windows to Flash the BIOS. But my way is the
safest way and avoids possible problems during the Windows installation.
88. Copy the awdfl735.exe and w667ms13.bin (or latest
BIOS) to the floppy.
89. Boot the computer with the floppy with the Award
flash utility and the new BIOS
90. Ok, let's flash the BIOS. Type "awdfl735" (without
the quotation marks) at the DOS prompt and press enter.
100. Enter the BIOS file name to program when prompted
(in this case w667ms13.bin).
101. Indicate whether or not you want to save a copy
of the old BIOS and, if you decide to save a copy, where to save it, when
I usually do not save the old BIOS.
102. Type "Y" when it asks if you if
you are sure your want to program the BIOS and hope there is no
Push the F1 key when it's done to reboot the computer and
power-down and unplug the computer.
103. Move the jumper next to the left ISA expansion
board slot to pins 2-3, the two towards the back of the motherboard. Go
get a cup of coffee while the CMOS discharges (I'd give at 10 minutes), come
back and move the jumper back to pins 1-2, and power-up.
After flashing the BIOS it is a good idea to clear
remnants and settings from old BIOS that may still be in the CMOS memory. Do
not apply power to the motherboard with the jumper on pins 2 and 3. It
can damage the motherboard.
104. Boot-up the Computer. You may see a CMOS
checksum error. Ignore it. Enter the CMOS Setup by pressing the
Delete key when prompted.
105. Select Load Optimized Defaults and press the
106. Enter the Standard CMOS Features and set the
correct date and time and Esc to the Main Menu.
I also change the settings for drives not installed
to "none" and leave the others set to "Auto."
107. Enter the Integrated Peripherals Setup and disable
Onboard Serial Ports 1 and 2. This computer does not use either serial. Disabling
both ports frees-up IRQs for other devices.
108. You may want to change the parallel port settings
to conform to your printer. The ECP + EPP setting works with most recent
109. Enter the PNP/PCI Configuration and change PNP
OS Installed to YES and Esc to the Main Menu.
110. Select Save & Exit the CMOS Setup and press
the Enter key. The remaining CMOS default values are ok for this computer.
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