How to Use Flashcd1 Zip to Flash Your BIOS Without a Floppy Drive
If you need to flash your BIOS but you don't have a floppy drive, you might be wondering how to do it. One possible solution is to use flashcd1 zip, a bootable CD ISO that contains a DOS7 floppy image with a CD-ROM driver and MSCDEX.EXE. You can add your BIOS flashing program and BIOS file to this ISO and then burn it to a CD. Then you can boot from the CD and flash your BIOS from drive R:.
Flashing your BIOS can be risky, so you should only do it if you are sure that the BIOS update from your motherboard maker addresses the problem you are trying to solve. You should also make a backup of your current BIOS and save it to a CD or another safe location. If the flash goes wrong, you may not be able to reflash with the original BIOS.
In this article, we will show you how to use flashcd1 zip to flash your BIOS without a floppy drive. We will use UltraISO, a free trial program that can edit ISO files and burn them to CDs. You can download it from www.ezbsystems.com. You will also need your BIOS flashing program and BIOS file from your motherboard maker's website.
Step 1: Download Flashcd1 Zip
You can download flashcd1 zip from http://bootdisk.com/flash.htm. This file contains two files: README.TXT and flashcd.iso. The README.TXT file has detailed instructions on how to use flashcd1 zip. The flashcd.iso file is the bootable CD ISO that you will edit and burn.
Step 2: Add Your BIOS Flashing Program and BIOS File to Flashcd.iso
Open UltraISO and click on File Open. Select flashcd.iso and click on Open. You will see the boot files on the left window and an empty space on the right window. Drag your BIOS flashing program and BIOS file from the lower window to the upper window. You can also add your BIOS backup file if you have one. Then click on File Save or Actions Add Files Open File Save to save the changes.
Step 3: Burn Flashcd.iso to a CD
Insert a blank CD into your CD burner. In UltraISO, click on Tools Burn. You will see a dialog box with some options. Make sure that Write Method is set to Disc-At-Once (DAO) and Finalize Disc is checked. Then click on Burn to start burning the CD.
Step 4: Boot from the CD and Flash Your BIOS
Restart your computer and enter the BIOS setup by pressing the appropriate key (usually F2, F10, F12 or Del). Change the boot order so that the CD-ROM is the first boot device. Save the changes and exit the BIOS setup. Your computer will reboot and load the CD.
You will see a boot menu with five options: IDE-CDROM 1, IDE-CDROM 2, IDE-CDROM 3, IDE-CDROM 4 and SATA-CDROM 5. Choose the option that matches your CD-ROM drive type and number. If you are not sure, try them one by one until you find the right one.
You will then see a DOS prompt with A:\\>. Type R: and press Enter to switch to drive R:. This is where your BIOS flashing program and BIOS file are located. Type DIR and press Enter to see the list of files. Find the name of your BIOS flashing program (usually something like AFUDOS.EXE or AWDFLASH.EXE) and type it followed by the name of your BIOS file (usually something like AWARD.BIN or AMIBIOS.BIN). For example:
Follow the instructions on the screen to flash your BIOS. Do not turn off your computer or interrupt the process until it is finished. When it is done, remove the CD and restart your computer. c481cea774