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    Hi,

    I have recently upgraded the RAM on an older computer that originally ran Windows ME. The computer runs fine on ME but I would like to upgrade to XP as it was before the hardware upgrade. I have found the BIOS update needed from the HP site (the computer is an HP Pavillion 6746c) but I don't know where to start to install it. I'm sure I've done this before on this computer because the RAM was upgraded before, but I don't remember how it was done.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.


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    Hi Melissa,

    Updating the BIOS is fairly straightforward and involves copying the downloaded files to a floppy and updating from there. This page will explain further.

    Hopefully you have the correct RAM modules because HP is very fussy!! This is the sort of thing I mean.

    One final thing, despite your machine fulfilling the minimum system requirements for XP, it will struggle to cope with anything more than one task at a time and will be very, very slow!

    Hope that helps.

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    The readme file that comes with the BIOS update says:

    This update creates a BIOS Flash Utility Floppy for version: 3.07 09-17-2001

    Installation:
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    1. Ensure you copy these files to a boot floppy.
    -For Win-ME systems, this requires the use of a system start-up floppy.
    Since Win-ME systems use FAT32, you may elect to copy these BIOS files to
    a directory on the hard drive; C:\HP\BIOSupdt for example.
    -For Win-XP, you need to format a floppy as a boot floppy.
    Since a Win-XP boot floppy cannot access an NTFS-formatted hard drive, you need to
    expanded these BIOS files to A:\
    2. Once you boot from the floppy, position to where your expanded the BIOS files.
    -For Win-ME this may be C:\HP\BIOSupdt
    -For Win-XP they'll be on your floppy so no change of directory should be necessary.
    3. Begin the BIOS update process by entering the command: BIOSupdt

    4. When rebooting after the update, the following message may be displayed:

    0251: System CMOS checksum bad - Default configuration used
    Press <F1> to Setup, <F2> to Resume

    5. Press F1 to enter SETUP
    6. Press F5 to reset BIOS defaults.
    7. Press F10 to exit SETUP saving your changes.
    8. Press ENTER to confirm the save.


    Technical Release Notes:
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    See the release notes file in the directory with the update.


    How do I copy these files to a boot floppy?

    Thanks

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    What amount of ram did you upgrade to?
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    I replaced 64MB with 256 MB, so it's at the max of 512MB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa0711 View Post
    I replaced 64MB with 256 MB, so it's at the max of 512MB.
    For that you'll definitely need to update BIOS.

    To make a boot floppy, follow the instructions here.

    I've simplified the instructions for you, as follows...

    Installation:
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    1. Create a boot floppy (see above)
    2. Go to C drive and create a new folder called HP, then copy the extracted files there. They should be in a folder called BIOSupdt.
    3. Set your boot order to boot from Floppy Disk first.
    4. Place floppy in its drive and start machine.Once you boot from the floppy, navigate to where you extracted the BIOS files, C:\HP\BIOSupdt

    5. Begin the BIOS update process by entering the command: BIOSupdt

    6. When rebooting after the update, the following message may be displayed:

    0251: System CMOS checksum bad - Default configuration used
    Press <F1> to Setup, <F2> to Resume

    5. Press F1 to enter SETUP
    6. Press F5 to reset BIOS defaults.
    7. Press F10 to exit SETUP saving your changes.
    8. Press ENTER to confirm the save.

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    When I type in C:\HP\BIOSupdt it says Bad command or filename. I've tried it serveral times and even checked to see that I spelled everything correctly when naming the folders. Do you know what the problem could be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa0711 View Post
    When I type in C:\HP\BIOSupdt it says Bad command or filename. I've tried it serveral times and even checked to see that I spelled everything correctly when naming the folders. Do you know what the problem could be?
    At what point in the process are you typing that?

    Can you run through the steps you've done for me?

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    This is probably a little clearer to understand.

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    1. I created the boot floppy using the directions provided in a link from arraknid.
    2. I created the folder BIOSupdt in C:\HP
    3. I extracted the files to C:\HP\BIOSupdt
    4. Restarted the computer with boot floppy in the drive
    5. At this point it came up as A:\> so I typed C:
    6. When C:\> came up I typed HP\BIOSupdt , this is when Bad command or file name came up

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