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How to Install the Abit KX7-333/KX7-333R Motherboard
Last updated: 1/18/2004

Flash the BIOS. This step requires a computer which is interfaced to the Internet, to download the latest motherboard BIOS from the manufacturer. It can be delayed until after you have installed Windows and the MODEM (or network adapter for broadband network access) is installed and configured, but is best done at this point.

First, I'll warn you that you will be taking a chance if you flash the motherboard BIOS 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. Do it at your own risk.

47. Boot the computer and record the date/version of the motherboard BIOS, which is displayed right at the beginning of the boot sequence. You may be able to freeze the screen by pressing the Pause key. Pressing any other key (e.g, the Space bar) will unfreeze the screen.

48. Connect Abit's web site and find the BIOS download for the motherboard. Abit's detailed flash instructions with pictures. The instructions on the Abit CD are not as good.

49. If it is newer than the one that you have, the motherboard BIOS should probably be flashed. Download the BIOS file set. The file I downloaded was kx7b6.exe. It is a compressed, self-extracting file. Double-click the file after downloading to extract its contents. It contains everything needed to flash the BIOS. Place a bootable floppy in the floppy drive and use the Windows Explorer to copy the extracted files to the floppy.

Other manufactures may have the files compressed, but they may not be self-extracting and you may need a program to extract (decompress) them. I use PowerArchiver to extract zipped, etc. files. It is totally free and without advertising. WinZip is another popular program that works quite well. If you have Windows XP, the files can be extracted with the Windows Explorer.

50. Read any release notes and instructions.

51. Boot the computer with a Startup floppy and insert the floppy with the BIOS flash files.

52. Ok, let's flash the BIOS. Type...

A: \>runme

...and follow the instructions. Simple...

Other BIOS flash packages may not have the convenient runme.bat file that Abit includes. In that case read the motherboard manufacturer's instructions. For Award BIOS, one would normally execute awdflash.exe and enter the file name of the BIOS when prompted. Here's an example.

53. Move the jumper (CCMOS1) to right of the CMOS battery 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 it 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 the old BIOS that may still be in the CMOS memory. Some motherboards will not boot at all after being flashed until the CMOS is cleared. Do not apply power to the motherboard with the jumper on pins 2 and 3. It can damage the motherboard.

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