Forum USB flashing tool!!!

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thisn00bagain said:
im a n00b here to flashing bios
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i have downloaded both the files, the installer, and the bios.

i understand i have to set it in bios to boot from usb.


i ahve no idea what to do after that? do i copy files over to usb or something?

as i am new to flashing usb, can you please give step by step instructions?
hi there,
no you no need to copy anythink. just execute the tool and point to BIOS .zip archive(downloaded from MSI site) when asked, then choice you USB key letter and wait tool to finish. when its done reboot PC and hit "F11" and bios post screen, then choice your USB key and boot from it.(can be USB-ZIP, USB-HDD, or in Hard Disk area, depend how the stick is formatted and how mainboard will detect it) if the USB key is not listed in boot sequence, go to BIOS and locate option named "USB KB/Storage(Legacy) Support" and Enable it, then retry.


NOTE: At current state The Tool need a BIOS .zip archive downloaded from MSI site, The Tool doesn't work with BIOS file only.. The Tool expect BIOS archive file(.zip) and not BIOS file itself. So if you planning to update to Beta BIOS will not gonna work.. (need to be prepared 1st in expected format.)


The full detailed instruction are planned as well to be done with explanations at each parts with pictures and movies, but that will be done when the newest version is ready which currently is under construction.


That part will be improved, in the newest version will be possible to point to the BIOS file directly as well.

msilover88 said:
Same here, After I identified the USB drive, it saids, "Auto detecting USB Drive file system..." and it stopped there, nothing has been copy to the drive, anyone have the same problem? what did you miss? any help would be appreciated.
depend of files on it and size capacity it may take some time, on large storages can up to minute. re-run it, if no change format the USB stick in FAT or FAT32 and re run to tool again,  should be fine.
that part will be improved in newest version, will boost detection speed up to 500% (that is already done)
 

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here are that steps:

1. Download correct BIOS archive file (.zip) from MSI site for your mainboard.
2. Download the Tool (standalone or installer).
3. Execute the Tool (Under Windows) and point to the BIOS archive file downloaded from MSI site, then choice your USB key drive letter and wait Tool to finish.
4. When its done reboot PC and hit "F11" and bios post screen, then choice your USB key and boot from it.(can be USB-ZIP, USB-HDD, or in Hard Disk area, depend how the stick is formatted and how mainboard will detect it) if the USB key is not listed in boot sequence, go to BIOS and locate option named "USB KB/Storage(Legacy) Support" and Enable it, then retry.

you no need to copy anythink manually to the USB key.


"What kind of information will I need to type in to the flash tool at each step for a successful flash?"
you no need to type anythink.

"Can someone provide me with a good step by step idea of what to expect when I boot from the USB stick?"

Few screen with usefull information and instructions. You need to hit any key to proceed to the next screen. Automatically backup of current BIOS onboard installed will be created, after that BIOS will be updated. You no need to type anythink.


"what to expect when I boot from the USB stick?"
Not dancing girls for sure :D Here is example, will look similar.(without colors and blinking text)


 

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I need to update my BIOS according to MSI  - in order to support RAID which I can't get to work (see my other posts).  I've done a very basic install of XP so far in a non-raid setup.  Nothing else loaded at all - ie no internet access, no programs etc. 

I note in the BIOS of my board (MSI P6N sli Platinum) that I can boot from the installed devices (hd, dvd  floppy ) and then it asks if I want to allow to 'boot from other devices'.  I assume this means USB (as there's no specific input for booting from a USB drive?

Assuming this is the case, do I have to format my USB pen drive?  Then do I load all files etc from this utility onto the pen drive?

Please help guys as I'm totally at a loss here -I've no idea how to flash the BIOS -  :undecided: :huh: :undecided: :huh:
 

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By the way, MSI has sent me BIOS v1.32 via e-mail for my P6N sli platinum board.  But only v1.2 shows on their website ?????  I hope 1.32 is not a Beta version.
 

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Here are the instructions for using the USB tool.

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=109082.0
 

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The way it works is simple: Download the package and download the BIOS from the MSI website that you want to flash.

The rest is straight forward.
What package are you referring to?  I have the BIOS file
 

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sorry pressed enter by mistake.  I was saying that I have the BIOS files for v1.32 sent to me by MSI but I don't know what package means.  Also,  will this flash utility work with my board (p6N sli platinum)???
 

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Bosskiller,

One thing i\I don't understand.  Do I download and save the BIOS zip file to the USB drive or do I save the unzipped files to the drive?  Does it matter whether the files are in a directory or whether they are individual files on the drive?


BTW,  do your instructions above also relate to an intel Nvidia board (p6N sli platinum) with intel e6700 processor?
Thanks.


And can I use a USB pen/flash drive?
 

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The package is the USB bios flash program.

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=108079.0

It is listed in the first post.

The flash program will work on all retail version MSI motherboards.
 

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Grayone

Sorry for my ignorance but 'The package' in the first post refers to the standalone or the installer zip files?

Sorry,  I'm really confused and I don't want to make a mess of this.  Ca you give me step by step instructions?  I would really appreciate it.
 

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mssurrey said:
Bosskiller,

One thing i\I don't understand.  Do I download and save the BIOS zip file to the USB drive or do I save the unzipped files to the drive?  Does it matter whether the files are in a directory or whether they are individual files on the drive?


BTW,  do your instructions above also relate to an intel Nvidia board (p6N sli platinum) with intel e6700 processor?
Thanks.


And can I use a USB pen/flash drive?
"One thing i\I don't understand.  Do I download and save the BIOS zip file to the USB drive or do I save the unzipped files to the drive?  Does it matter whether the files are in a directory or whether they are individual files on the drive?"

download and save BIOS .zip file somewhere to your HDD, (not to your USB key). do not extract files from archive.
run the tool and point to the .zip file when asked.

 

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AS I'm trying to update the BIOS of a new computer that does not have a connection to the internet (only bacis XP at this moment as I will ahve to setup a bootable RAID array soon and will have to partition/format the HD again), then can't I use this utility?

The only way I can see to put something on the hard drive of the new machine is to copy it onto a floppy or dvd and load it onto the new machine's HD.  I would then have to load the standalone or installer package onto the USB drive.  Would I then be able to run the tool from the USB drive and pointto the zipped file on the new hard drive?
 

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Download the .zip file of your BIOS from MSI.

Run the installer version or stand-alone. Installer means it installs, stand-alone is for usage without installing. Both are identical.

Run the .exe, then direct the tool to the .zip file you downloaded.

Then type in the drive letter of your USB stick.

Let it finish.

Once finished:

Reboot.

Press F11 to get boot menu.

Boot from the USB stick. (may be listed as a HDD device).

The rest can be followed by reading the instructions on screen.

Good luck.
 

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provide more details about it, to understand what you are trying to do.

few further questions.

what is your newest mainboard? you have already windows installed there too? you are trying to flash with MSI official BIOS right?(downloaded .zip archive from MSI site)

what is your second board? you can prepare your USB stick there as well if its MSI board.
 

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Excellent - thanks for that AY.

I have two questions - as my machine is a new build, it has no internet connection yet (as I have to setup for bootbale RAID and so will ahve to setup a bootable radi array, setup, partition, format etc again). 

Therefore, should I put the zip file of the updated BIOS onto the new drive via a floppy and then copy the installer/standalone program onto a flash drive and use the flash drive to point to the zipped file on the hard drive?

Second - my current BIOS doesn't mention 'boot from usb' - it says 'boot from other devices'.  When i plug in the USB, will it give me the option to boot from this?
 

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mssurrey said:
Therefore, should I put the zip file of the updated BIOS onto the new drive via a floppy and then copy the installer/standalone program onto a flash drive and use the flash drive to point to the zipped file on the hard drive?
Make and ensure system is stable before the flash. Undo ALL overclocking! (if any). Get everything going first.

mssurrey said:
Second - my current BIOS doesn't mention 'boot from usb' - it says 'boot from other devices'.  When i plug in the USB, will it give me the option to boot from this?
Yes it will, just need to pick right one.

Be sure to know, you flash BIOS at your own risk, there is no warranty if anything goes wrong.
 
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