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BIOS help

Hi all
I am wanting to upgrade an existing bios for my motherboard i searched this site before and need help again.
I hope the is the right section as bios is hardware and is kinda a microchips.
Anyways here the problem.
I have been looking for over 1 month now trying to find a bios update for the motherboard:
Computer System
  Model: ATC-6220 (Unknown)
  Manufacturer: A-Trend
  Version: BIOS VER:1.1 05 WB
Mainboard
  Model: i440BX-W977TF
  3 x ISA: 16 bit
  4 x PCI: 32 bit
  1 x AGP 2X: 32 bit
  PRIMARY IDE: Other (None)
  SECONDARY IDE: Other (None)
  FDD: 8251 FIFO Compatible (None)
  COM1: Serial Port 16550 Compatible (DB-9 pin male)
  COM2: Serial Port 16550 Compatible (DB-9 pin male)
  LPT1: Parallel Port ECP/EPP (DB-25 pin female)
  Keyboard: Keyboard Port (PS/2)
  PS/2 Mouse: Mouse Port (PS/2)
  USB: USB (Other)

System BIOS
  Vendor: Award Software International, Inc.
  Version: BIOS VER:1.1 05 WB
  Date: 01/26/99
  Size: 256 KB
Now its a Intel Based system, as it doesnt list it here but says it on the board
i also found the ATC-6220 REV2.0 on the board as its model
if you need more motherboard information i have it handy, just ask me
Thanks for any help you can provide
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nobusCommented:
first identify your motherboard correctly : open the box, look for printing on it, or
use this to identify it : http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=1
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InteraXCommented:
Hi KSF2003,

It appears that atrend no longer exists as a company. There does not seem to be anything at their we address. http://www.atrend.com.tw/

I have found the site below which has a bios file for the ATC-6220 V2.0, but please make sure you have the V2.0 motherboard before flashing.
http://www.bios-drivers.com/drivers/62/62997.htm



Good Luck
;-)
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nobusCommented:
Why do you want an upgrade?
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KSF2003Author Commented:
Hmm i have searched for utiltiys would the AwardFlash.exe find my correct bios?
 to nobus:
           Unlike many people i am one of the ones that can only afford the crappy ones.
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nobusCommented:
>>>       Unlike many people i am one of the ones that can only afford the crappy ones.   <<< What do you mean? i do not understand this
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KSF2003Author Commented:
What i means is i am too poor to get a better system
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nobusCommented:
Ok, no problem with that, i will gladly help you if i can, but what i meant was : is ther e a technical rea
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nobusCommented:
Soorrryyy, , continuing :
is there a technical reason for wanting a bios upgrade? why do you want it for? what is it supposed to accomplish?
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KSF2003Author Commented:
Well yes i currently have a 300A slot -1 CPU in the motherboard and replacing it with a Pentium III- slot 1 500Mhz CPU
and i just want to make sure its stable for my OS win xp pro sp2
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nobusCommented:
You mean you have a 300 MHz CPU in a slot 1 connection, and you want to change that to a 500 MHZ CPU?
You would find that in the manual, if it supports it.
Are you sure you need a bios upgrade for that?
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KSF2003Author Commented:
"781824  04-15-99 10:54   6220M_E_V2.0_90412.doc" is all that was in that file you sent to me InteraX
although this the motherbaord manual is a very rare resource will help me alot.
But trying to to find a bios file
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KSF2003Author Commented:
to nobus
        i have read the manual from what i have stated above it does support Pentium III 500Mhz CPU
as long i have the ram witch i have already
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nobusCommented:
Then, why do you need a bios upgrade? i still do not see it.
Remember, if you make a bad bios flash, you can end with a system that does nothing eanymore...
So i say : if you do not need it, don't do it !
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KSF2003Author Commented:
well im a bit sceptical of running windows xp sp2 on 500Mhz processor if it will error or something im not aware of,
i will see how the system reacts to the new proccessor, for now im just on upgarding the system
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InteraXCommented:
KSF2003,

If you are installing a 500MHz CPU, you should not need a BIOS upgrade. The 500MHz CPU has a 100MHz FSB (Front Side Bus) As long as you set the FSB to 100MHz and you have PC100 memory, then all should work correctly. The clock multiplier on the CPU should be fixed at 5x.
I would strongly advise you against a BIOS upgrade unless you experience a specific fault for which a BIOS upgrade may help.
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KSF2003Author Commented:
Check on that im holding off on the bios upgrade to see how the processor goes.
well atm the FSB is 83Mhz meaning ive overclocked the current 300A celeron to 375Mhz i have tried to do 450Mhz at 100Mhz bus
But it seems to crash or reboot after 5 mins of os time, im guessing that its the PC -133 ram i have maybe the timings etc
im not good at timing in a pc so i set it at this.
I just secpitcal if it will run this new processor at its defaults
Memory:
64Mb Ram SDRAM PC - 133
128Mb Ram SDRAM PC -133
128Mb Ram SDRAM PC -133
but if i get the new proccesor to work with defaults i have no plans to overclock it, as i want it to last ages, well... long as it goes
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nobusCommented:
Interax, i completely agree with you !
The only thing you may want to look at, is if the board supports XP, i suggest looking in the HCL list : (also for the rest of the hardware)

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx      

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InteraXCommented:
nobus,

An i440BX board should have no problems running Windows XP. The drivers for the chipset are built into the OS. You shouldn't even need to load the inf files from intel.

KSF2003,

The most likely reason for the system crashes when overclocking is the CPU overheating. Currently you are running the CPU at 25% over the rated clock speed. This is generally considered pretty good. The 450 speed setting you tried is a 50% overclock. I would be very surprised if this would work unless you had watercooling or something else. You will probably be able to overclock the 500MHz CPU a little, but I wouldn't advise it with a stock intel or OEM fan. Any overclocking voids warranty and stresses the CPU above it's ratings. When intel produce CPU's, they make most CPU speeds on 1 line and then rate the CPU depending on test results after manufacturing. The CPU is then clock locked at the multiplier that they rate the CPU at. Intel do not publish the information on each CPU as to why it has been rated at the speed the CPU is sold at, so your CPU may be overclockable to a greater or lesser extent depending on the application you are using it for.
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KSF2003Author Commented:
Mainly for Game Heavy Applications, before when i tried the 50% overclock the processor only lasted 5 ~ 15 mins depending on what it was doing with no cooling
now days even though now i have 3 case fans blowing on the cpu it bearly reaches a warm touch temperture, can i asume that this is adequete cooling if i wish to try it again some day?
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KSF2003Author Commented:
Well you guys both helped my so you each get 50% so enjoy thank you for your support ;)
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InteraXCommented:
It very much depends.

What I would do is run some PC sensor monitoring software in the background. A good one I have used in the past is Hardware Sensors Monitor. If you CPU starts reaching 65-70 deg then it's probably getting a little too hot although it may still be stable. Running at these temperatures for prolonged periods can damage the CPU. If you wish to thrash the CPU to see if it is going to overheat, try using the GIMPS torture test. I believe the test you will need is the in-place FFT test. Your CPU will run at 100% whilst you are running this and will loop constantly untill you tell it to stop. If it finds an error, the test will stop saying that an error has been found.

You can download GIMPS from http://www.mersenne.org/prime.htm

Good luck.
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