BIOS Flashing With Qflash
Please DO NOT USE @BIOS!!
This cannot be stressed enough. I cannot recommend using it AT ALL with all other available options
I have seen many Boards killed (IE: Bricked, that is your motherboard is now a brick and you will have to RMA your board) by using @BIOS. I would guess that more then 90% of RMA's due to a bad flash, were because of @BIOS alone.
Yes it may work for you once or twice but if you keep using it you will find out the hard way it is not a good idea. Windows based flashing has always been looked down on and likely will never be a accepted or recommended method to flash a BIOS
A few @BIOS "Bad flash" notes will be below
Now that the Much needed warning is out of the way, onto the subject at hand
BIOS is a Acronym for "Basic Input/Output System"
Here is Nice BIOS FAQ, by BIOSMAN. Not particularly related to Gigabyte BIOS's but I thought it may answer some simpler questions someone may have someday
:: BIOSMAN Inc :: BIOSMAN's BIOS FAQs
Gigabyte's Information Page for Flashing Motherboard BIOS
GIGABYTE - Support - Motherboard - BIOS - How to Reflash Motherboard BIOS
You have 4 available Options when flashing the BIOS with Qflash.
1. Floppy Disk Drive
2. USB flash drive
3. FAT32/16/12 Partition on your disk (FAT32 Is best)
4. A Bootable FAT32/16/12 USB Flash drive (Only needed if you have issues with a normal USB/Qflash Method)
A bootable USB Drive is Useful if you have issues with a normal USB type Qflash flash, or are trying to recover from a bad flash.........otherwise making a Bootable one is not necessary. However you may still make and use it if you find it easier for you.
For this Guide Extracted BIOS files will be represented by .Fxx
The actual BIOS file itself is 1MB and has a File extension that follows the format as described below >>>
Board_Name_Example.F10, with the .F10 being the BIOS file extension in question, thus .Fxx will be used to discuss BIOS files below.
First thing you MUST be sure to do is manually download the correct BIOS for your board model and board revision from Gigabyte Web Site Below.
Be SURE to choose the correct Model and Board Revision #. The board Revision is printed on the bottom of the board in the corner under the PCI Slots if you are not sure of your boards Revision #. Here is a page with a example of this below
Getting the actual BIOS file
The BIOS file you download is a SFX.EXE which is a Self Extracting EXE made to extract the BIOS files (Autoexec.bat File, a Flash895.exe/FlashSPI.exe file, and a Bios.Fxx File) to the folder of your choice to be used to flash from DOS
You will need to Extract the BIOS file you need, the .Fxx file, from the Downloaded .exe (SFX.EXE) file to be used in Qflash.
The below method is for users who already have Winrar, or do not mind installing a trial program. Linux users will also need to use the .Rar extraction program "Unrar", or whatever program you know that will extract a Rar file
As for the rest of the Gigabyte users, I have recently noticed that the actual files from gigabyte can be extracted from windows with no additional programs needed. Simply click "Install" (Which Means Extract) and the files will be extracted to the folder you have the exe in. Or you may also use the "Browse" Button and choose where to extract the files.
You can get the BIOS .Fxx file Extracted out of this .exe file to flash with Qflash by using Winrar to extract the files as well if you like. Or may now simply double click and extract the BIOS files without Winrar. Linux users and those who have Winrar or 7Zip installed, may use the method below using Winrar to extract if you like
Download Winrar Trial here (Scroll down to Winrar 3.71 and download) and then install and right click the BIOS.exe file and choose "extract here". The files will be extracted to the folder you have the exe located in >>>
WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files
Put the .Fxx file onto a FAT32/16/12 USB drive, or in your FAT32/16/12 partition and enter Qflash.
You may also make a new 1GB FAT32 partition on your disk if you like and keep BIOS files there as well.
You may also make a USB Bootable drive, covered below, if you have issues with your board seeing your formatted USB stick.
Flashing With Qflash
To Get into Qflash Select "END" at bootup, or F8 Within the BIOS to enter Qflash.
To use USB in Qflash you need "Legacy USB Storage Detect" Enabled in the Integrated Peripherals Page of the BIOS. You also need to leave the USB drive plugged in when you reboot to Qflash.
Once inside Qflash you will be presented with Floppy, or Drives/Disks, or HDD's options depending on what you have available, look thru each until you find your BIOS file and then flash it.
Once you have flashed and rebooted back into the BIOS choose Load Optimized defaults and save and apply. This is a required step for the flash process to complete, and for the new BIOS to be properly loaded into the chip.
Then reboot Back into the BIOS again before you go into windows. You will need to set your hard drive settings again in the Advanced BIOS page. MOST IMPORTANTLY do not try to load Windows if you are using a RAID setup without setting these disk settings again or you will corrupt your RAID Array.
Please do not skip the above steps and try to load windows, this is for anyone who is reading this who is using RAID, which alot of us do.
These are the steps needed using the Intel Controller to assure your Array will not be lost post flash. PM if image is missing >>
Making a Bootable USB Flash Drive
FlashSPI mentioned above as being included on the USB stick is only necessary when flashing via DOS.
It is not needed when using Qflash
Your USB drive will be formatted During this process, all Data on it will be lost!!
So copy or Move any Data on your USB stick you need to keep for now, you may add it back later if you like
1. Make a USB bootable drive using this USB Bootable USB Creation Program "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8" >>>
USB Boot drive (HPUSBFW)
Also Available here as a Installable File >>>
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool | Peripherals Download | PC World
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - v2.1.8 Download - EXTREME Overclocking
2. Next download the boot files and extract them to your desktop
3. Run the HPUSBFW program.
Select the correct USB device from the drop-down menu, set file system to FAT32/16/12 and check Create a DOS startup disk.
4. Then browse for the extracted boot files (now in the folder on your desktop from above extraction) and press start to begin formating it.
5. Once the device is done, download the BIOS file from the Gigabyte website for your board model and revision as well as the DOS based BIOS flashing tool which is included inside downloaded BIOS .exe files from Gigabyte.
6. You will need Winrar to extract these files from the downloaded .exe file. Download Winrar Trial from the below link (Scroll down to Winrar 3.71 and download)
WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files
7. Install Winrar and right click the BIOS.exe file and choose extract "here". Three files will be extracted, Autoexec.bat, Flash895.exe, and a .Fxx Bios File. You will need the Flash895.exe and the BIOS.Fxx File only
8. Place Flash895.exe and the BIOS .Fxx file onto the USB stick
9. Plug in your USB drive and reboot to enter bios.
10. Load Optimized Defaults, set the ram voltage to the specified Voltage for your ram
11. Go into the Hard Disk Boot Priority Option In Advanced BIOS Features Page and select your USB drive as the first bootable drive.
13. Once it boots to the USB, you will see a Windows 98 screen, and then the DOS prompt.
14. Run flash utility by typing "flash895 p35ds4.fxx" without the quotes at the DOS prompt
You will need to change the ^^ p35ds4.fxx ^^ in the above command to the exact name of the BIOS file you have.