Updating bios no floppy
Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. So, all you need is a bootable floppy disk image with Free DOS kernel on it.We are fortunate that guys at FDOS site have prepared one suitable for us.
You can also find a local copy of this image attached at the end of this article.
Because of the slow demise of the floppy disk drive, the current method is to either use a bootable CD or a self-contained BIOS flashing executable such as Win Flash.
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A lot of vendors ship compressed floppy images as exe file (how to extract bios upgrade from there if not by using dosemu). Yes, it's true that in the end you flash the BIOS from the Free DOS, but why's that so important?
What I wanna know, would it be possible to create floppy image, insert boot menu to grub/lilo to boot from it and then flash bios? Either way, there just isn't a way of upgrading bios without at least some kind of dos, whether it's M$ or some free version... Tell me, would people in my situation search Google for "freedos flash bios" or "linux flash bios floppy" instead?
:) Since the bios flash utility, needs to do a write of the saved "actual bios code", maybe a CD is not that suitable. The author didn't focus on the details of the procedure steps when formulating the well-chosen title.