Re: Work-around for OEM bios?

Re: Work-around for OEM bios?

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Posted by Henry on April 30, 2001 at 22:44:36:

In Reply to: Work-around for OEM bios? posted by Richard Brett on April 30, 2001 at 17:06:55:

: I have a Gateway Pentium Pro 200 with an Intel Venus motherboard, [running with NT4(SP6.5)128mb]
: The final Gateway/Intel OEM bios for this board is version 11. (10.11.cs1t) They aren't doing any more.
: The latest Intel non-OEM bios for this board is version 18.(10.18.cs1)
: Is it feasible to install the Intel version 18?
: The upside should mean recognition of 64mb memory chips amongst other things.
: I understand that I would not be able to re-install version 11 if it went wrong, as bios upgrades are always add-ons. Is this correct?

What you want to do is fairly risky, but a safe way is to buy a new BIOS chip with the upgrade you want to try (about $30 already programmed). If it works you are home free. If it doesn't work you have a spare BIOS that you can try other updates on, have some fun and maybe get a hit. You'd still have the original BIOS to use if nothing else worked. (make darn sure you mark the BIOS so you can put it back right).

New BIOS chip and BIOS Disaster Recovery:

Research the matter of memory size recognition - it may be a chipset limitation, NOT a BIOS limitation. Check the chipset specs and maybe ask Intel. Just be sure before you get in too deep.

Good Luck,

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