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Upgrading BIOS on ThinkPad 770ED without a Floppy Drive

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I would like to update the BIOS for a very old ThinkPad 770ED laptop. I downloaded the BIOS update file (attached below) from the IBM website.  The executable file needs to create a bootable floppy disk to accomplish the update. However, this laptop has no floppy disk drive, only a CD-ROM drive.

Is there a way I can execute this file on to a substituted virtual floppy drive (on a different laptop that has a CD burner) and then burn the update program to CD-ROM and make that CD DOS-bootable so I can then update the BIOS on the ThinkPad?
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Dr. Klahn earned 1600 total points
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Doing a BIOS update on an older laptop without a floppy drive is tough, given that most BIOS updaters of that era wanted to run from a floppy drive.  There are several options, some notably easier than others.

a) See if there is a BIOS updater for this model than runs under Windows.  Easiest of all.

b) If the Thinkpad has a "boot from USB" option in BIOS, set it to do that and connect a USB floppy drive.  Easy.

c) Borrow a floppy drive that fits the Thinkpad and install it temporarily.  Not difficult.

d) Make a bootable CD.  I would approach it this way:  Find a bootable CD .ISO image file that boots to DOS and uses a RAM drive, load the image into PowerISO, copy the BIOS update stuff into the image using PowerISO, fiddle the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files as required, and burn a CD.  This is a bit complicated.  
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by:anuneznyc
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Thanks DrKlahn. No go on option a or b. Option c is probably not possible either.

I was able to create the bootable floppy on another laptop that does have a built-in FDD. The trick now is to copy that bootable FDD over to a bootable CD-Rom. I have no idea how to do that?
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by:Dr. Klahn
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If you email me a link where I can download the BIOS update files, I'll see if I can build you a bootable CD.  See my profile page for contact information.
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by:anuneznyc
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No luck w/ either bootable CD image or finding a FDD unit. I wonder if I can just run the UPDTFLSH.EXE file from a command prompt under Windows 2000?
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If you really need that BIOS update, then think maybe to spend 20$ - as I did, buying a USB Floppy drive, and it worked also for BIOS update:
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p5197.m570.l1311&_nkw=usb+floppy+drive&_sacat=See-All-Categories
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Thanks Guys. Will close out & assign points.
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