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How to Install the EpoX 8KHA+ Motherboard
Last updated: 12/6/2001

43.  Power-up.  Watch the CPU temp...

44.  When prompted, push the Delete key to go into the CMOS setup.

45.  Select the Frequency/Voltage Control Menu and verify that the CPU settings are correct.  They should be.

46.  Exit and Save, and Pull the power cord after it starts to boot.

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 EpoX's web site and find the BIOS download for the motherboard.

49.  If it is newer than the one that you have, the motherboard BIOS should be flashed.   Download the BIOS and Award Flash utility from the web site,  The file I downloaded was 8khi1b02.exe and contained everything needed to flash the BIOS.  It is a compressed, self-extracting file.  Place a formatted floppy in the floppy drive.  Use the Windows Explorer and double-click the compressed file to extract the following files to the floppy (or to a location specified).

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.

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: \>awdflash

53.  Enter the BIOS file name to program when prompted (in this case 8khi1b02.bin).

54.  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 prompted.

I usually do not save the old BIOS.

55.  Type "Y" when it asks if you if you are sure your want to program the BIOS and hope there is no power outage.

56.  Push the F1 key when it's done to reboot the computer and power-down and unplug the computer.

57.  Move the jumper (JBAT1) to right of the CMOS battery to pins 2-3, the two towards the front 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 old BIOS that may still be in the CMOS memory.  This particular motherboard when flashed with this version of the BIOS will not boot at all 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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