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    Question How do you flash without Floppy or CD?

    My current setup has no floppy or Cd drive, I use remote desktop to upgrade but now need to flash my BIOS.

    Can anyone tell me how I can reliably boot from a usb stick? Not very good with creating boot disks.

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    Marc

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    There's a way to create an image on the USB thumb drive to make the computer think its a floppy.

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    asus has a windows bios updater for the brave (or stupid). definitely not safe but it works; i've used it before.

    asus update i think it's called.

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    update

    I have spent two evenings trying to make my usb flash stick bootable with no luck.
    I am going to try a windows updater but was wondering, would the abit or asus ones work with my epia m6000. I am sick to the teeth of running in 4 bit colour now!

    marc

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    don't you have any way of hooking up a cdrom temporarily? You don't want to screw this up.
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    Unhappy Update 2

    Well.... heeded advice and went round to mates and created a boot cdrom in nero. Took his pc apart along with power supply, cdrom and extension cable. Went down to the epia took that apart, plugged up cdrom and power supply booted up, loaded to dos screen........and my usb keyboard doesn't work! Excellent!

    So back to square one.

    I have found several sites that claim you can build a bootable thumbdrive, but none really deliver. Found a HP utility that does it but needs an img file to build the image. Anyone know where one can be found? I do have a zip drive but cant seem to get the board to recognise it.

    It seems crazy but I have been meaning to do this for 2 years......now I remember what stopped me.

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    An USB Floppy drive should do the job.

    Not that expensive:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...3215&CatId=287

    And make sure that USB Legacy support is enabled in the BIOS (counts for all USB devices that need to be availabe right after BIOS initialisation

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    Unhappy update 3

    Well, now i have borrwoed a PS2 keyboard from work and booted up with the aforementiond cdrom method. Now the keyboard works but when I run the utility I get a 'insufficient memory' message. ARGH! will this ever end!

    Any ideas, I have 385KB free but need to know any dos tricks to free up some memory!

    Looks like the usb floppy might be a good idea but for now I would like to avoid spending any money on PC parts, being immediatly after christmas.

    Marc

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    Heres a great tutorial on how to make a USB drive bootable to dos. Complete instructions with links to everything you need: http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=575175

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    Well, how about a regular floppy drive?
    You already have the thing apart. Hooking up a floppy isn't that different than a cd rom. Well, unless you don't have a floppy drive. If that the case, borrow from friend or "work" maybe?
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