Desktop Boards
Intel® Desktop Board D101GGC
BIOS update using BIOS flash utility

The BIOS Flash Utility is used to update the BIOS on Intel® Desktop Boards with an Award* BIOS. This utility features the capability to save and update the system BIOS.

Before updating the BIOS

Note Enter the BIOS Setup Utility by pressing the [F2] key during boot and writing down all of your current CMOS settings. Also, you can go to the Exit menu and choose the Save Custom Defaults options. Choosing Yes causes the current BIOS settings to be saved as a custom default setting. When the CMOS memory is cleared during the BIOS upgrade, the BIOS defaults to these custom settings. If you do not choose to save the defaults as custom defaults, you can manually reenter these settings after you have upgraded to the latest BIOS.
BIOS update instructions
An MS-DOS startup 3.5" disk is required. If required, one can be created in Microsoft Windows XP* using the following steps:
  1. Put a blank 3.5" disk into the A: drive.

    Caution
    Any data on this disk WILL BE DESTROYED!
  2. From the Windows XP Start menu, select My Computer.
  3. Right-click the icon for the A: drive, and select Format from the menu.
  4. Click the box labeled Create an MS-DOS startup disk and then click the Start button. After the format process is complete, proceed with the instructions below.

To update the BIOS:

  1. Download the latest BIOS. Run the BIOS update file to extract the files needed to update the BIOS. The file name is GC11010N.86A.xxxx.exe, where xxxx denotes the version of the BIOS.
  2. Copy the following files to the MS-DOS startup disk you created earlier:
    • GC_xxxx.BIN (where xxxx denotes the version of the BIOS)
    • AWDFLASH.EXE
    • AUTOEXEC.BAT
      Note Overwrite the AUTOEXEC.BAT file on the disk if prompted.
  3. Insert the disk in the drive of the target system and turn power on. The BIOS Flash Utility starts automatically.
  4. The BIOS Flash Utility prompts you, Do You Want To Save BIOS (Y/N)? Pressing Y makes a copy of the existing BIOS before updating, pressing N skips this step.
    Note Making a copy of the BIOS requires free space on the disk equal approximately to the size of the BIOS update file (GC_xxxx.BIN).
  5. A second prompt displays: Press Y to Program or N to Exit. Pressing N exits without updating the BIOS. Press Y to proceed with the update.
  6. When the update is complete, remove the disk and press the [F1] key as prompted by the BIOS Flash Utility.
  7. The system reboots and the BIOS update process is complete.

Resetting BIOS after update
During boot, press the [F2] key to enter the BIOS Setup Utility. The updated BIOS version can be verified on the main BIOS page.

Return the CMOS settings to the factory defaults by pressing [F9], then press ENTER to load setup defaults.

Note If you saved your CMOS settings as custom defaults before the BIOS update, then go to the Exit menu and choose the Load Custom Defaults option to return to your previous custom settings.

If the settings were not saved as custom defaults prior to the BIOS update, go through each screen of options and return the CMOS settings to the values that you wrote down prior to updating the BIOS.

Press [F10] to save the settings and press ENTER to accept the changes.


BIOS recovery
An MS-DOS startup disk is needed. If necessary, one may be created in Microsoft Windows XP using the following steps:
  1. Place a blank 3.5" disk into the A: drive.

    Caution
    Any data on this disk WILL BE DESTROYED!
  2. From the Windows XP Start menu, select My Computer.
  3. Right-click the icon for the A: drive, and select Format from the menu.
  4. Click the box labeled, Create an MS-DOS startup disk and then click the Start button. After the format process is complete, proceed with the instructions below.

BIOS recovery:

  1. Download and run the BIOS update file to extract the files needed to update the BIOS. The file will be named GC11010N.86A.xxxx.exe, where xxxx denotes the version of the BIOS.
  2. Copy the following files to the MS-DOS startup disk you created earlier:
    • GC_xxxx.BIN (where xxxx denotes the version of the BIOS)
    • AWDFLASH.EXE
    • AUTOEXEC.BAT
      Note Overwrite the AUTOEXEC.BAT file on the disk if prompted.
  3. Remove the BIOS Configuration Jumper of the target system. See the Technical Product Specification for details on the location of this jumper.
  4. Insert the disk in the drive of the target system and turn it on. The BIOS Flash Utility starts automatically.
  5. The BIOS Flash Utility prompts you Do You Want To Save BIOS (Y/N)?. Pressing Y makes a copy of the existing BIOS before updating, pressing N skips this step.
    Note Making a copy of the BIOS requires free space on the disk equal approximately to the size of the BIOS update file (GC_xxxx.BIN).
  6. A second prompt displays: Press Y to Program or N to Exit. Pressing N exits without updating the BIOS. Press "Y" to proceed with the update.
  7. When the update is complete, remove the disk and press the F1 key as prompted by the BIOS Flash Utility.
  8. Turn off the system and replace the BIOS Configuration Jumper.
  9. The BIOS update process is complete.

This applies to:

Intel® Desktop Board D101GGC



Solution ID: CS-021749
Last Modified: 07-Feb-2012
Date Created: 26-Oct-2005
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