Updating bios asus ez flash
Remember all that "Create a DOS boot CD, run the flasher" rubbish? The Asus EZ-Flash system lets you flash directly from a USB stick (or, possibly, other media - but as the 1215N only has a USB port, it's the one we're using).The trick is that if you try it, it probably won't work. EZ-Flash seems to require a hideous FAT16 filesystem to function.It also seems to require that the ROM be named "1215N.ROM" (for unknown reasons possibly related to old junk on my USB key).
Thought I would document my BIOS flashing story in the hopes that it could help someone who's having a panic attack because their system won't POST. Erasing the CMOS as part of a BIOs flash is not documented in the manual. Note: this post is a bit long and windy, but there's an hilarious tech support reply in the end... Using Asus (ugly-as-sin) Windows based flash utility, I upgraded to the latest non-beta BIOS. That would be the safest, surest working option, right? I thought something must have gone wrong with the flashing, but some googling learned me the BIOS on the CD must have been too old for my processor, and instead of running the processor at a low speed, Asus decided it was best to just shut down to prevent damage.Unfortunately that resulted in a problem with my CPU fan, so I wanted to use the same utility to get me back to my original BIOS version. So instead I decided to try to see if the fan-problem was fixed in the available beta BIOS. Leaving me with a dead computer that would not boot, let alone let me update to a proper BIOS again.Frustratingly, the error message for a corrupt/non-CAP file is the same as the error message you get when you’re trying to use an NTFS-formatted drive, which Asus Ez Flash 2 is not compatible with.The solution is simply to use a FAT32-formatted drive.
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