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RAM help
    #1345765 - 03/01/03 09:37 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Excuse me..I know jack shit about computers...
I got a 128 mb RAM chip for my shitty computer, I installed it, then discovered I needed a "BIOS rev version 6 or higher"..So I sought it out and found the exact one I needed..BIOS revision GXa_A10.. I loaded it and the instructions said all I needed to do was restart and it would run automatically, well I did, and it didn't. I tried everything I could and did everything it said multiple times..nothing.
So I went and got an earlier version.. GXa_A09..this one has to be run through DOS, except I have Win2000,so no DOS. I tried to find a place I could download it but no dice.

I tried running the program normally, with windows open, and I got an error saying it could not run in a protected environment.

So if anyone could help me through this process of getting this damn BIOS revision to work it would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: RAM help [Re: Shroomism]
    #1345952 - 03/02/03 01:46 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Try putting the system files on the floppy before loading the bios files. From the start menu select run. Type 'cmd'. A dos window will open up. Type 'cd c:\winnt\system32' Put a floppy disk in drive a: that you don't mind erasing. Type 'format a: /s' and follow the directions. Once done, type 'exit' to close the dos window.

The above steps will create a floppy disk that will boot into dos. You should be able to load your bios update onto the floppy and be good to go.


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Re: RAM help [Re: Seuss]
    #1346149 - 03/02/03 06:53 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Great..but this is what I got

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32>format a: /s
Invalid parameter - /s

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32>format a:/s
Invalid drive specification


I typed in 'format a:' and it formatted the disk..is this what I was supposed to do? And how does the disk boot into DOS, do you just reset the computer with the disc in the drive or what? I reset after formatting the disc and nothing happened. It just goes straight into windows.


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Re: RAM help [Re: Shroomism]
    #1351348 - 03/05/03 03:51 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Ok once you have formatted your disk you need to put your new bios on it. I beleive it is designed to create a bootable floppy. Not sure what format it comes in but you will either need to run it in windows and it will run a program and guide you through the process, or you might just need to copy the files directly to the floppy.

Once that is done you need to go into your bios, and set it to check for a bootable floppy before it boots windows from your harddrive. This might be something like "boot sequence: A: C: CDROM" or something. You probably have it set to check C: drive first at the moment.


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Re: RAM help [Re: Shroomism]
    #1352346 - 03/05/03 12:20 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

The /s is supposed to drop the system boot files on there... odd that it didn't work. Try 'sys a:' and see if that goes or not. Micro$oft is trying to get rid of DOS and I can never remember which OS versions have what left in them... I spend most of my time in Solaris Unix which is much different.


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Re: RAM help [Re: Shroomism]
    #1353494 - 03/06/03 12:34 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Try making a boot disk. Possibly a windows one. If that doesn't work, I don't know what to tell you...


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Re: RAM help [Re: TinMan]
    #1354792 - 03/06/03 12:05 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

In most versions of windows you can make a boot disk by going to the start->settings->control panel->add remove programs... then one of the tabs has the option.

For win2k you need to put in the install cdrom, click start then run and then type 'd:\bootdisk\makeboot a:' (assuming that d: is your cdrom and a: is your flopy drive). If your cdrom is on a different drive letter, use that instead of d:



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Re: RAM help [Re: Shroomism]
    #1356942 - 03/07/03 10:05 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

How did you find out you needed the BIOS upgrade to get the stick of 128MB to work?

99.9% of the time a BIOS upgrade is only needed when using specific combinations of hardware. And any releitivly modern motehrboard, above Ppro and using 168-pin dimm, will NOT need a BIOS update for that stick of ram.


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Re: RAM help [Re: windex]
    #1360999 - 03/09/03 06:15 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

The tech support guy at the computer store looked it up and said I needed a bios update... I still can't get it to work


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