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Bios Update requires Pure Dos Mode

I am attempting to update the Bios on my W2K3 Server. The Bios release notes specify that it must be run in "Pure DOS Mode with HIMEM turned off." How do I do this in W2K3 Server? Or can I?
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CallandorCommented:
You would need to reboot the machine with a DOS floppy, which you can create using www.bootdisk.com.  Put the flash program and BIOS image on another floppy and run them after booting.
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Netman66Commented:
Download a bootdisk from here:

www.bootdisk.com

Pick an MS-DOS one - say...MS-DOS 6.0

Have your flash and bin file on another disk.  Boot with the above floppy then insert your flash disk.

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Netman66Commented:
Crap..too slow again... :o)
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pricerageAuthor Commented:
OK. So, I can get that far, but how would I turm himem off?
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Netman66Commented:
Unless you call himem.sys from Config.sys, it's not being used.

Check both Config.sys and Autoexec.bat for the existance of device=himem.sys and remove it.

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CallandorCommented:
Don't include a HIMEM directive in the config.sys or autoexec.bat (hardly anyone remembers those anymore, they were used in Win 3.1).
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pricerageAuthor Commented:
Where are these files located in Windows server 2003? How to change? Makin' you work for it!
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CallandorCommented:
They're not used at all on Win2003 server - they were last used in Win98.  When you make the boot floppy, just make sure the files don't have the HIMEM entry, and you'll be ok.
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kkrishkCommented:
Hi,

Here are some very simple steps to achieve this. You can do this on your Windows 2003 Server or any Windows XP based computer.

1. Insert a formatted floppy into your drive.
2. Right click on the Floppy drive drive letter (A:) and then click "Format".
3. Select "Create MS-DOS startup disk".
4. Copy the files that contain the BIOS Update.
5. Restart the Server with the floppy.

Now it will take you straight into the BIOS Update utility and guide you through the procedure.
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