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BIOS upgrade with no floppy drive

David O'Meara
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I'd like to upgrade the BIOS on my old Compaq armada e500 laptop, but standard upgrade procedure is to download an exe, create a boot disk using the executable then boot from the floppy disk. Except that the floppy drive on my computer died many years ago.

Any thoughts on how the process could be converted to run from the CD-ROM?
Andrew Eccleston
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Joined: Jul 07, 2004
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Does your favorite burning software have the option to write a bootable CD?

I use Nero, which (if I recall correctly) you specify that you what a bootable disc, then it prompts you for a bootable drive to use as the source. Then you can drop other files onto the compilation, and burn when ready. The problem I see with this is that if you use a windows xp drive as your source, the cd may try booting windows. I don't know for sure, since I've never tried this myself.

However, could you maybe boot to a prompt by (I think) pressing F8 or holding CTRL at the very beginning of bootup? It can be difficult to get the timing right, but it should give you a menu where you can boot to a command prompt. From there, you should be able to run the flash utility.

andrew


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