There are ways around manufacturer-specifc bios updates. For Award Modular bioses you use modbin
in conjunction with Awdflash
If you want to modify it, and your bios is Award(v6 onwards) then:
and extract it to your desktop.
Prepare a blank floppy disk. Format it and tick the create MS DOS startup disc box (XP).
Look for your motherboard manual and find out if there is a bios/flash protection
feature built in. If there is you can turn it off in the bios if available or by jumpers on the board. If you know there isn't then skip to the next part.
to the floppy and insert it.
Reboot your computer and at the A:\ prompt type awdflash -b backup.bin
When asked for confirmation to backup press Y
. Ignore the source file/data not found message after that.
Remove the floppy during boot-up and insert it again once on the desktop. Extract backup.bin from the floppy to your desktop. Run modbin6.exe. The screen:
To edit or make hidden options available in your bios, use the Edit Setup Screen
Standard white text means the options in bios are already setup and/or in use. Greyed or blacked out options mean disabled and/or otherwise hidden by default.
To enable hidden options choose them using up/down keys, press enter and select Normal
If it doesn't work there is onboard flash protection which doesn't allow you to use third-party bios tools. Or some options aren't compatible.
and choose Save As
to save the bios to desktop, name it bios1.bin. Delete the old backup(backup.bin)from the floppy disc and put the new one on it. Reboot with floppy disc in drive in -- at A:\ prompt type awdflash bios1.bin/py/sn
To flash Award bios's earlier than v6 use modbin_4.50.80.zip
have fun modding