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    Update A7V333-X BIOS w/o floppy?


    My power supply only has one FDD cable, so we had to use it for the video card and now have to live without a floppy drive. The computer won't boot without the FDD cable powering the video card (AGP ATI Radeon something). Is there any way I can update the BIOS for my Asus A7V333-X mobo without using a floppy drive?

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    If it's anything like my Asus board there is a USB tool for updating the BIOS. I'm not sure if it requires Windows to load the USB drive with the correct bootloader/executable but it should be doable.

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    Assuming you machine can boot from cd/dvd and you have a writer

    Get a dos bootable floppy image (try FREEDOS Ripcord BootDisk) , edit the image, adding required BIOS file and loader. then make a iso (bootable cd image)

    eg.

    mkdir /tmp/bootcd
    cp FDOEM.144 /tmp/bootcd
    mkisofs -r -b FDOEM.144 -c boot.cat -o /tmp/bootcd.iso /tmp/bootcd

    then burn /tmp/bootcd.iso to a cd (that's how I have been doing it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by blinky View Post
    Assuming you machine can boot from cd/dvd and you have a writer

    Get a dos bootable floppy image (try FREEDOS Ripcord BootDisk) , edit the image, adding required BIOS file and loader. then make a iso (bootable cd image)

    eg.

    mkdir /tmp/bootcd
    cp FDOEM.144 /tmp/bootcd
    mkisofs -r -b FDOEM.144 -c boot.cat -o /tmp/bootcd.iso /tmp/bootcd

    then burn /tmp/bootcd.iso to a cd (that's how I have been doing it).
    Sweet, thanks! That looks like it'll do it. I'll try it tomorrow morning.

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    Actually, I got a second opinion. The contacts on my USB wifi adapter are just wearing out. I won't update the BIOS after all.

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