Tools to mod Phoenix-Award Workstation BIOS?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by Galane, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Galane

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  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    oops i just looked at board again an noticed its older non EFI.

    does have a removable bios chip that works on ch341a programmer if flash fails can be recovered easy.

    what's the program to unlock hidden menus on the award ?
     
  5. Galane

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    Only removable chip aside from the CPU is U17, which is an 8 pin DIP. Says Winbond on it. I can't read the number, at least not without taking the board out of the case so I can get a good look with a magnifier. Getting presbyopia when your eyes are already myopic really sucks.
     
  6. LatinMcG

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    thats the one.. easy to reprogram if it bricks from bad flash with a $5 usb programmer CH341A
     
  7. Galane

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    I haven't seen a DIP chip on a PC motherboard in a long time. (Since the mid 90's.) One wonders how this board manages with a little 8 pin when the old boards used 20 or so pin DIPs or PLCCs or soldered.

    It does have a built in BIOS flash program, but it only works with a genuine 34pin cable connected floppy drive. A USB floppy or thumb drive doesn't work. That flasher does do integrity checking. I flashed it anyway and the first time it failed, despite doing a full format twice on the disk before copying the file to it.

    Such effort Biostar went to for making it easy to update - then never released any updates. Surprising they put the BIOS file online to download. Why bother when it's identical to what shipped on them all?
     
  8. LatinMcG

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    try boot dos and awdflash