How to update BIOS on Gateway 700x

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I have downloaded the bios update from gateway. When I copy the expanded files to diskette the auto ex and command com file do not show they were copied. I believe the file are there, they aren’t visible however. When I start the computer it displays a message that the diskette is not a system file and will not boot. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Hi Don09,

I do not have your answer. However, I have a question. I also have a Gateway 700X desktop. I am trying to find a BIOS update, because the BIOS cannot recognize hard drive capacity larger than 128GB. Do you know where to get an up-to-date BIOS for the 700X? I have BIOS version MV85010A.15A.0049.P07. It doesn’t look like Gateway is offering the BIOS updates anymore…?

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Ok, now see below. There is a solution. You have to make the floppy disk a DOS boot floppy. The BIOS update instructions leave this important fact out.

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  • Smith9
    Hi again, I found the newer BIOS (7/15/2003) at Gateway: MV85010A.15A.0086.P15. I also made the floppy. You do not see those files (command.com) because you are probably using Windows Explorer to look at the disk. By default, Explorer turns off visibility of system-related files. If you go to Tools / Folder Options / View, and look in the advanced settings, there is a checkbox to turn off "Hide protected operating system files". Uncheck that. Note: This will make ALL system files visible--so be careful not to delete one by accident. Anyway, I have the same problem: the machine says it can't boot from the floppy. Of course not, it is not a system/boot disk. I do not have a solution yet. Did you finally get yours to work? Thanks. S.
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  • Smith9
    Note: I think this install instructions are expecting the system to be a Windows9x machine or to have DOS underneath. The machine says can't find ntldr on the floppy--which is a Windows2000 and later issue (Windows NT).
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  • Smith9
    Hi Don09, Ok, here is your answer. You must format the floppy disk to be a MS-DOS boot disk. In Windows Explorer, select the floppy (A:) disk. Go under File / Format, and then check the box that says to format as a DOS system or boot disk. Once that boot floppy is formatted, then copy all the BIOS update files to the floppy. If Explorer asks to confirm an overwrite of an existing file, just keep the current file, which is newer (just a DOS system file)--EXCEPT for autoexec.bat, which will launch iflash. You floppy must be high-density, 1.4MB. NOTE: Not all the files from the original BIOS update will fit on this disk--but the ones it does not get to are not needed. There are extra DOS system files among the BIOS update files. You need iflash and the .bio file. I just did the update on my Gateway 700X and it worked. Unfortunately, it does not seem to correct the 128GB limit on hard drive capacity, so I am still hosed.... Hope this helps. S.
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  • Smith9
    Correction: This BIOS update WILL indeed enlarge the max capacity to whatever the drive can do--bigger than 128GB. So, this update fixes my problem too. Hurray.
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  • gcapp99
    I know it's an old post, but I just wanted to thank Smith9 for the floppy file copy trick (3/13/09 9:47PM) to help me keep an old Gateway 700XL from the landfill. I was able to update the bios and subsequently the CPU to give the tower a new lease on life. Cheers!
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  • whoa
    Can you tell me where you found the Gateway bios, because I would like to flash mine to current standards. Thanks for helping me.
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