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Flash BIOS Update Instructions

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My computer is a Packard Bell 2240, 200MHz MMX. The Mother Board is a PB680.
The installed BIOS is AMI v.1.00.08.DN0R.
Packard Bell recomends updating the BIOS to "PB680 Orlando Flash BIOS v.1.00.12.DN0R."   I downloaded the BIOS update (file 14264203.exe) to a floppy disk and attempted to follow the instrucions posted at the Packard Bell Support site.  

Instruction #1 says "Insert the BIOS update diskette into Drive A: and reboot the system." ....#2 "The following dialog box will appear."....followed by step by step instructions for installing the update.   My reboot procedure was to <Start> then <Shutdown> then <restart the computer>. I also attempted the reboot by shutting down the computer and then restarting with the diskette in Drive A.   I did not restart in DOS Mode because the instruction does not specificly say to do so and I do not want to risk blowing the whole thing by experimenting with the instructions.

My Problem is that when following #1 ---- #2 does not occur, the "following dialog box" does not appear..
Packard Bell told me they would not answer my question becuase my computer is more than 12 months old.  I do not understand that but that is that.
 
Can you give me accurate, step by step instructions for updating a Flash BIOS to a newer, recommended version?    

Thank you,
grishams1@thegrid.net
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rmarotta earned 100 total points
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Papa44,
After you download the file (14262403.exe), do this:

1) With a blank, formatted floppy in the A: drive, run the program from explorer.  Files will be extracted and placed on the floppy.
2) From a Dos prompt, make the floppy bootable by typing SYS A:
3) Shutdown the computer & power off.
4) With the floppy in drive A:, turn power on.  The program will run and flash the BIOS.
5) Reboot when complete and you're done!
Let me know if you need more.
Regards,
Ralph

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by:Papa44
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Thank you, this is my first experience with your service.  
rmarotta's answer is just what I needed to know.  The BIOS update extracted just as indicated, the bootable floppy contains Intel's Flash BIOS utility.  The resulting upgrade to v1.00.12DNOR enabled the MMX technology in my processor and my computer is running better than ever.
Thanks again,
grishams1@thegrid.net
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