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BIOS update for my MS-7521
« on: 20-February-16, 16:18:54 »

The BIOS on my MS-7521 is V 1.1 8/20/2008 and I would like to update to V 1.6.  I have done the download and tried creating a bootable floppy from my Windows 7.  But the instructions that come with the download very specifically say not to run AFUD4310 with the files from the floppy, but only from the hard drive.  But I can't reach the hard drive from the floppy.  "cd C:" can't find the C: drive from A:.  I'm told that the operating system in the bootable floppy cannot reach a partition greater that 2GB.

Is this possible with a USB drive?  If so how do I create one in Windows 7?  I see a format dialogue for a USB drive, but the option to create a startup disk is grayed out.

How should I update the BIOS on this old board?

I have seen the useful information at a similar post here:

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=251497.msg1445708#msg1445708
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« Reply #1 on: 20-February-16, 18:00:34 »

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« Reply #2 on: 21-February-16, 18:28:26 »

Try with the >>MSI HQ Forum USB flasher<<
I'm sorry, but I don't see any links anywhere at that link to download this software.  Could you post a direct link to the download?
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« Reply #3 on: 21-February-16, 19:27:36 »

I'm sorry, but I don't see any links anywhere at that link to download this software.  Could you post a direct link to the download?
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First (opening) post.
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« Reply #4 on: 21-February-16, 21:15:31 »

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First (opening) post.


OK, got it.  Thanks.

Now, two things.  First, is there any way of getting rid of the Welcome message?  And also, I have tried to make a bootable USB drive from my 4GB unit and I keep getting a message "BOOTMGR not found".  I tried using the "Fix my USB key" and the program can't do it, I get a "Drive not responding" response.  I get the same response from the "Point to MSI BIOS archive ..."

What next?
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« Reply #5 on: 21-February-16, 22:20:09 »

Did you format USB stick to FAT32?
Try different USB stick.

As for Windows welcome screen, I don't think you can get rid of this.
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« Reply #6 on: 21-February-16, 22:40:40 »

Did you format USB stick to FAT32?
Try different USB stick.

As for Windows welcome screen, I don't think you can get rid of this.


So far so good.  I am formatting my USB drive according to these instructions:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Create-a-Bootable-USB-Drive-Without-Using-A/

In the part where it says, "9. Type 'format fs=ntfs quick' and hit Enter. Formatting current partition as NTFS file system quickly."  I substitute "format fs=fat32" for "format fs=ntfs".  In the MSI software, I go to the "Point to MSI BIOS archive ... " and it proceeds to the part where it prompts me to reboot.  So that will be the next step.  Tomorrow, probably.

Thanks for following me so far.  We will see ...

I am starting to get used to the Welcome announcement.
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« Reply #7 on: 22-February-16, 15:23:55 »

The tool provideed in the initial post prepares the USB stick when you pointed it to the bios archive. After being prompted to reboot you can start from the stick. Of course you need to alter boot priority so the pc boots from USB.
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« Reply #8 on: 22-February-16, 18:59:27 »

SUCCESS!

I booted up the USB drive from the menu and tried the memory test.  My first try was taking so long I left the computer to do something else and when I came back the screen was blank, but the power was still running.  This was scary, I hard switched it off and rebooted and to my relief found the USB drive again and tried the memory test again according the suggestion to do program 5 and 7.  This still took too long and I escaped out, rebooted and went directly to update.

This went through without any problems and I was able to reboot into the BIOS to set the default.  When I booted Windows 7, it hung and I had to hard switch it off.  This was scary, but I jumped the CMOS as instructed, rebooted and went into the BIOS and set the time.  Next time I booted into Windows 7, it loaded OK and all is well.  I've had problems in Windows before when the BIOS time wasn't set.  Maybe that was it.

A very nice little piece of software, lovingly crafted and fun to use.  Many thanks.


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« Reply #9 on: 22-February-16, 19:32:58 »

Good to hear!
Well done :biggthumbsup:
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« Reply #10 on: 23-February-16, 16:01:29 »

:pompom: Great, thanks for reporting back.
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Core i7 7820X @ 4203.84 MHz (42 * 100.09 MHz, fixed all cores), 1.086v
Corsair H110 Liquid CPU Cooler
32GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair CMK32GX4M4C3000C15R @ 1500 MHz (DDR4-3000), 15-17-17-35-2t 1.35v
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING 11G
256GB Samsung 830 SSD + 2TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD
Corsair HX1200i • +12V: 100A • +3.3V: 30A • +5V: 30A
Windows 10 Pro
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