Specific Features of BIOS Recovery

The leading manufacturers of motherboards may offer their own methods of recovery of damaged BIOS, information about which you can get from a motherboard manual. Let’s look at some of them.

  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS. This method is used in many modern motherboards by ASUS and is an upgrade version of AMIBIOS recovery. You may place the file with the firmware on a floppy, CD or flash-disk and rename it according to the directions in the motherboard manual. If an error in a check sum of BIOS occurs, the file with the firmware will be searched on the removable medium. And if successful, the flashing will start automatically. You may find a file with a firmware on a disk with drivers attached to the board.
  • Gigabyte DualBIOS. A number of models of Gigabyte motherboards have got two BIOS microchips: main and reserve. If the main microchip is damaged, the system will automatically boot from the reserve one. The recovery of the main microchip may be done automatically, but some models have got a special menu (by pressing F8) to manage the main and reserve microchips.
  • MSI. Most motherboards of this manufacturer use the methods of AwardBIOS and AMIBIOS recovery, but sometimes you may find motherboards with the SafeBIOS method which allows automatic recovering of damaged BIOS code from a reserve copy.
  • Elitegroup (ECS). Some motherboards by Elitegroup have got the reserve BIOS microchip. If the main microchip is damaged, the reserve one is set instead of it with the help of a special panel, and the system will boot. Then the reserve microchip is taken off and the main one is flashed in its normal way.