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MLuec
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Flash BIOS update failing on D945GNTL

We use an Intel D945GNTL along with P4 631 "Cedar Mill" processor for customized OS/2 operating system computers. The place we source the boards and CPU's from this last time sent us ones with customized BIOS's that will not accept the flash upgrade to the latest BIOS version. I have tried updating with both the bootable ISO image, and also the BIOS recovery floppy methods. Both fail with the same error message.

I had thought that BIOS version 4119 was the latest for this board, however while searching for a way to make the board accept the BIOS update, I found that version 4131 has been available.

I updated to that 4131 version from the 4119 on another like system we have without the customized BIOS splash screen. It successfully upgraded from 4119 to 4131.

Perhaps since the splash screen was customized, is that preventing updating the BIOS version?

Any other suggestions?

Flash BIOS update error screen:

The customized BIOS splash screen:

BIOS Flash update working on another same system we have:

Usual BIOS splash screen on the system which accepted the flash update from 4119 to 4131:

I am thankful,

Michael Lueck

Lueck Data Systems

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Hellen_D_Intel
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Hi MichaelLueck,

 

That error that said "Flash update failed" could be because the BIOS version that your board has is too old, I suggest trying to do the updates according to the sequence below of BIOS versions.3239--3165--2706--1241--3930--3992--4045--4078--4119-4131.

 

Download in this link the BIOS versions.https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/7670/Intel-Desktop-Board-D945GNT https://downloadcenter.intel.com/product/7670/Intel-Desktop-Board-D945GNT

 

Regards,Hellen.
MLuec
Beginner
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Greetings Hellen,

Well my my my... I downloaded the next higher version from the page you linked to: NT3309P.BIO

And that upgrade worked... from 3239 to 3309.

I am back to download the rest of the incremental updates and will try to step upgrade these boards.

I am thankful,

Michael

Hellen_D_Intel
Employee
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Glad to see that it worked. Do not hesitate to contact us if any additional inquiries come up.

 

Regards,

Hellen.

MLuec
Beginner
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Greetings again Hellen,

Well, not as smooth of success as I would have hoped for from the initial incremental update. Results are as follows:

Initial BIOS version: 3239

3309 Worked

3528 Failed

3592 Worked

3630 Failed

3659 Worked

3813 Failed

3869 Failed

3930 Failed

3933 Failed

3943 Failed

3992 Failed

3996 Failed

4034 Failed

4045 Failed

4051 Failed

4076 Failed

4078 Failed

4089 Failed

4092 Failed

4119 Failed

4131 Failed

:-(

So the BIOS appears to be stuck at version 3659. Any other suggestions?

I am thankful,

Michael

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Someone adding a customized splash screen does not prevent any BIOS updates from being installed - but it does use up some of the BIOS' free space. Your problem appears to be not enough flash space available to install the later BIOS updates. I have not heard of this happening if all of the free space is taken up by a splash image, but I suppose that it is possible.

One thing your could try is to replace this splash screen. Use the Windows Paint program and produce one that is just a black box and then try installing this into a BIO file using Intel Integrator Toolkit (ITK). Use the .BIO file for the BIOS version that you currently have installed.

Hope this helps,

...S

MLuec
Beginner
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Greetings Scott,

I pulled down ITK_5.0.2.562.msi, installed it on a Windows hard drive in the D945GNTL based system. I opened the BIOS file I last successfully flashed it with: NT3659P.BIO

It comes up with an error:

Unable to open BIOS file

Unable to open NT3659P.BIO because it's in an older format.

You may still be able to customize this BIOS if you open

the Intel Integrator Toolkit file that was used to generate

it (the file will have an .itk or .itw extension).

So how did one customize the BIOS splash screens on this vintage Intel board?

I am thankful,

Michael

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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In the folder that ITK installs into (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Integrator Toolkit\Configuration Tools), there is an executable for the old version of ITK named ITKFEGUI.EXE. Try using it directly with your older BIO file...

MLuec
Beginner
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With ITKFEGUI.EXE ...

File open dialog had extension list as "Integrator Toolkit Files (*.itk)" or "All Files" which I had to change to the later to be shown the .bio file I had downloaded. Trying to open NT3659P.BIO brought up error dialog:

Intel Integrator Toolkit

The specified BIOS file could not be opened. Select a different file and try again.

I will be prodding the source we obtain these vintage boards from that this lot is simply not working... "find us another lot with the official Intel BIOS". Or do you yet have some further suggestion to try?

I am thankful,

Michael

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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I am sure they're just going to tell you that this board *does* have an official Intel BIOS (it just happens to have been customized by a previous owner).

I thought that this method of gaining accessing the old ITK program would be the easiest. There is also a copy of an older version in the downloads area for this board that you should try (here's the link: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/15072/Intel-Integrator-Toolkit-Framework-Edition?product=7... Download Intel® Integrator Toolkit Framework Edition)...

...S

MLuec
Beginner
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Actually the complete/correct answer is in this post, not above.

The distributor found stock of the D945GNTL motherboard under a different SKU and agreed to swap the boards. I have performed the following on said alternate boards:

Update from BIOS Rev 4089 to Rev 4143

Showing default Intel splash screen:

This is how the problem was resolved. First lot of motherboards were returned.

I am thankful,

Michael

Hellen_D_Intel
Employee
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Hi,

 

Glad to know that you could do the BIOS update in this Motherboard.

Regards,

Hellen.

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