BIOS is an acronym that stands for basic input output system. BIOS software is what controls many of the functions responsible for starting the computer once the power button is pressed. The awdflash.exe file is used to update the AWARD BIOS software installed on different types of computers. As the process of updating the computer can damage the computer if not performed properly, ensure that all of the required software is obtained before starting the process. Furthermore, do not disconnect or unplug the computer while the BIOS is being updated.
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Things you need
- Computer with AWARD BIOS
- BIOS software disk
- DOS bootable disk
Copy the Awdflash software onto the computer's boot disk so that it can be accessed more easily after the computer is rebooted into DOS. To copy the file, select the file, and then choose "Copy" from the edit menu. Click on the boot disk, and then select "Paste" to copy the file to the boot disk. Copy the ".bin" file containing the new BIOS information to the boot disk using the same procedure.
Reboot the computer into DOS mode by inserting the bootable disk provided with the computer. If the original bootable disk is missing, contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to order a replacement.
Type the drive letter of the boot disk followed by "Awdflash.exe" at the DOS prompt. For instance, if the boot disk has the driver letter "D," type "D:/Awdflash.exe" at the prompt. Once the command correctly is entered, press the "Enter" key.
Enter the name of the ".bin" file copied to the boot disk containing the updated BIOS information in the space labelled "File Name to Program". Press the "Y" button to begin the update. If the software displays the message "Warning! Device not ready," insert the disk containing the BIOS information into the disk drive.
Press the "F1" key when a message stating that the process is complete is displayed on the screen. The computer automatically will reboot and use the newly updated BIOS.
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