BIOS update utilities and files are often provided as files.
The BIOS updates work by booting the machine into DOS using a USB or floppy (Free DOS or MS-DOS) and then running an executable to reflash the BIOS.
After downloading the suitable file, use Dos Box to extract it: In the Dos Box window, type the name of the executable.
It will give an error, but upon closing it, and inspecting your directory, you should see that the archive was extracted and phlash16should now be present.
So i want to flash the bios on my newly installed UD3P from F4 to F10, but i cant. but i haven't even got a floppy installed and i turned the floppy thing of in bios, Q-flash dosen't even detect my HDD's let alone my usb, any help? If I have the bios on the USB it has never failed to find it.
If you go into bios you should be able to start q-flash from there.
I have no DOS, no Windows, no floppy drive, and no floppy disks.
Fortunately, there's UNetbootin, a tool design specifically to make bootable USB flash drives from Linux.
Lucky me I had an old harddisk with a FAT32 partition on it to store the nvflash utility and the bios file there, but after reading your blog I will try the floopy image trick using grub.
Gigabyte for example use both rar and 7zip based executables. To copy these to the floppy image execute the following: What you have now is a Free DOS floppy disk image which can be booted by selecting it in the grub boot menu.
Once you have extracted it, you should have a flash file (the file extensions on these are completely random) and a flashing program (something like FLASHSPI. Remember the grub menu is now hidden, so keep any key pressed during the boot reach it. On the GA-P55-UD3 board, that option (F9 to EZflash) appeared after doing the update.
BIN file for the i DRAC firmware initially complained of missing packages (ex. We need to create a 2.88MB "floppy" disk image (1.44MB is too small for the uncompressed BIOS code) and mount it. BIN file should be around 1-2MB in size, depending on the BIOS.
rpm, stty, gzip, among others) despite gzip being confirmed installed. BIN file and this caused the server to start to reboot and then hang, which after a hard shutdown, and booting into the Lifecycle Controller the firmware was not upgraded. Note that Free DOS doesn't provide an 'empty' 2.88MB boot disk so we need to delete the "fdos" utility folder to get space. One way of getting phlash16has been described previously.