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    Epia CN13000 - 800x480 working!!!

    I emailed VIA about a week ago looking for an updated bios for my CN13000 that would support 800x480... They emailed back with this updated BIOS.

    I've done some testing with a LinITX 8" and it worked fine, even without powerstrip. I just used the 'Show all modes' under display properties.

    The bios also has 848x480 and lots of other widescreen resolutions enabled, but I have not tested them...

    Have a go and see what you think (sorry it's in two halves to get round 200kb attachment limit)

    Try at your own risk, yadda yadda

    You'll need the award bios flash tool available here: http://www.via.com.tw/download/mainb...ty/awfl870.zip
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    Wow ! Thanks for sharing this.

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    No worries - Hope it works for you. I've still to get my monitor timings exactly right but even still it's WAY better than 800x600

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    Wow this is great, can you let me know what email address you sent an email to ? I have tried various for my EN15000 and no replies so far.
    thanks.

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    ankur,

    I used the 'Contact VIA Embedded' form on the via.com.tw website... It's kinda hidden away so I had a hard time finding it... Here is the direct link:
    VIA Technologies, Inc.

    My reply came from a via-tech.de address. I was waiting about 10 days for a reply but got sent the BIOS no worries. Hopefully you'll have the same luck!!!

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    cool cool... I'ma give it a go... thanks a lot for sharing!!

    By the way, how do I run this update w/o a floppy drive? a Bootable CD?

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    Emo,

    I used a bootable CD.. There are a number of ways of going about this, but I found this method and have used it a few times without hassle (though if you wipe your BIOS, not my fault!!!)...

    This is what I do... (You'll need a floppy drive on another PC to do this..)
    First, download this app for making a driver free boot floppy from bootdisk.com:
    http://motherboards.mbarron.net/download/drdflash.exe

    Use that app to format a floppy. Copy the bios file and the award bios flash tool to the floppy.

    Then, use Nero (or similar) to make a bootable CD using the floppy you just made as the boot image. Note that you don't have to add any files to the image, as they are already on the floppy disk... Just burn it.

    Once you boot from the CD, it shows up as drive a:\. The bios flash util and the BIOS file are in the root of a:\.



    If you don't have a floppy, there is another method on bootdisk.com, though I haven't tried it.
    Read here: http://www.bootdisk.com/txtfiles/flashcd.txt
    Then download the app here: http://www.bootdisk.com/mexico/flashcd.zip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emo View Post
    By the way, how do I run this update w/o a floppy drive? a Bootable CD?
    USB stick worked like a charm for me.

    Download HP's formatting utility:
    Software and Drivers - download HP Drive Key Boot Utility, 7.41.3790.0
    Use it to format your stick and then simply copy the Award writer and BIN file on there too. In your BIOS enable ALL USB options you can find, set 1st boot to USB-FDD and 2nd/3rd boot to None. After rebooting it should give you a DOS prompt where you simply run the award writer (Y and Z keys might be switched BTW). Reboot and disable USB-FDD support and you're done.

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    Thanks a lot... I'll give it a go.

    and yes, if I do wipe out my BIOS you're the first one I'm going after!!! lol just kiddng. I've done BIOS flashes before so I hope this one is not that different

    -Emo

    Quote Originally Posted by Cross_ View Post
    USB stick worked like a charm for me.

    Download HP's formatting utility:
    Software and Drivers - download HP Drive Key Boot Utility, 7.41.3790.0
    Use it to format your stick and then simply copy the Award writer and BIN file on there too. In your BIOS enable ALL USB options you can find, set 1st boot to USB-FDD and 2nd/3rd boot to None. After rebooting it should give you a DOS prompt where you simply run the award writer (Y and Z keys might be switched BTW). Reboot and disable USB-FDD support and you're done.

    Thanks... but the HP program doesn't like Vista so I can't install it

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    I wrote to them about my EN15000, i hope i am as lucky as you were .

    cheers.

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