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Phoenix Bios Crisis Recovery NO FLOPPY(YES)

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Darth_nVader, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Darth_nVader

    Darth_nVader Notebook Consultant

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    For Notebook Users who have Phoenix Bios:

    For some time now Phoenix has included the BB.bin( Boot Block ), a recovery mode for bad bios flash.

    BUT.............

    The tools for writing the recovery Image have required a USB Floppy, as most Notebooks lack Floppy. This is a PITA, I just could not believe that Flash Drives could not be Used.

    I searched High and Low, and found much speculation, and until now the consensus seemed to be that the BB.bin just did not support Flash Drives.

    Not True........

    We just did not have the correct tool for writing the CRISBOOT.BIN to the Boot sector of a Flash Drive.

    Phoenix has released WINCRIS.EXE Version 1.0.0.4, Sept 24 2008.

    I can confirm, this tool Can and Will Correctly write to USB Flash Drives and recover the BIOS.
    View attachment 40863

    Extract that and add the BIOS.WPH file you wish to use into the WINCRISIS Dir. Run the Wincris.exe and chose your flash drive.

    I have tested with a 512MB CF card in a Lexar Media USB 2.0 Multi-Card reader.

    I will test with a 4GB USB Stick and see if I need to drop it to FAT vs Fat32 as Flash under 4GB may not be handy for some users.

    I'll try to update this thread with a How-to for each flash drive I have, if you can confirm this works for you, please post your results.

    P.S.

    Shame on NoteBook OEM's and Phoenix for not Including this Tool with EVERY Bios UPDATE.

    I've seen user after user who needed this tool and had to rush off and find a USB Floppy to recover a Bad OEM Bios Flash.
     
  2. notebooker-hp

    notebooker-hp Notebook Consultant

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    thanks for information!

    but i will never flash my bios.not a good thing to do.
     
  3. Darth_nVader

    Darth_nVader Notebook Consultant

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    Bios Updates from your OEM often contain Critical Updates for your Hardware.

    Sometimes Not applying a Bios Update may shorten the life of your Notebook, it's often needed for New OS's.

    Every OEM offers Bios Updates.
     
  4. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    You don't know what you're missing.

    VT support for Win 7 XP Mode was only one of the things Sony admits for the latest bios for my VAIO system - who knows what else they 'tweaked'?
     
  5. Darth_nVader

    Darth_nVader Notebook Consultant

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    I tested with a 4GB Flash drive, while the WINCRIS.EXE did format the drive, it FAILED to recover the Bios.

    It seemed to format FAT16 however 4GB Partition, the limit for FAT16 should be 2GB, I think this is the trouble.

    So out of the Box, I assume you will need a 2GB or less Flash Drive, but I'll need to do more testing............................

    Update

    Ok, I used DD to make a Block by Block Image File of my 512MB CF Card and wrote that file back to my 4GB DataTraveler 2.0 Kingston USB Stick.

    It worked, DD is a *nix tool, so one of you Windows Guru's will have to let us know how to make this work in Windows.

    With the tools I posted you need to Format FAT16, this is trouble for drives greater than 2GB, so the Partition Size Hack I used with DD.
     
  6. Ayle

    Ayle Trailblazer

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    DD works fine on windows.
     
  7. dirak1974

    dirak1974 Newbie

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    Thanks Darth_nVader, you saved my day, I ve just recovered my dead Toshiba satellite thanks to your help, the magic key was : 1.0.0.4, I have tryed everything I could, without any result! thank you very much
     
  8. modenaf1

    modenaf1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    It says invalid attachment. Where do I get this?
     
  9. wolfej

    wolfej Notebook Enthusiast

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    You will flash it at some point in time. Just a fact of technology! You are right in the since that is one of the riskier things to do with a computer, but if you follow instructions and backup appropriately there is little chance of problem. I've flashed at least a hundred or more without ever there being a major problem.
     
  10. Syberia

    Syberia Notebook Deity

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    My Aspire One suddenly refused to charge its battery anymore. I called tech support, assuming a bad battery, and one of the things they told me to do before sending it back was to flash the BIOS to the latest version. I was able to do that, and the process completed successfully, but when I restarted the computer, it still did not charge the battery, but now instead of the Windows desktop I got a BSOD during the boot process. Repeatedly. And, of course, their BIOS "updater" that I would have to run to go back to the version I was previously running only works in Windows.

    Instead of just replacing my battery, they now had to replace my motherboard as well.
     
  11. naton

    naton Notebook Virtuoso

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    have you tried to turn your computer ON without the battery?
    BSOD means that Windows is not happy with something. I mean it is not a hardware problem and because of that Acer won't replace your motherboard.
     
  12. scousemicky

    scousemicky Newbie

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    Link does not work. Anywhere else we can get WINCRIS.EXE Version 1.0.0.4 from?
     
  13. fastpctech

    fastpctech Newbie

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    I found the link for WinCris 1.0.0.4 here:
    http://www.mediafire.com/?1mnzygmizgm

    Tried to use it on my 4GB flash drive. It looked as if it formatted and copied the files but when I checked, it showed the flash drive as empty :confused:
     
  14. nilehuynh

    nilehuynh Newbie

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    Hi everyone, My case is that when I flash the bios the flash usb does not flash(no led light as usual). Anyone can help me to save my laptop :(.
     
  15. drummerkcin

    drummerkcin Newbie

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    Hello Darth_nVader, I can't seem to access the file you attached. Would you happen to know where I could download a copy of WinCris.exe version 1.0.0.4? Or would you happen to have a copy and be willing to email it to me? Thanks.
     
  16. ellalan

    ellalan Notebook Deity

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    Use the link in fastpctech's post above.
     
  17. frog1

    frog1 Newbie

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    hey guys, can somebody help me to get bios.wph file from HP's BIOS package .exe in order to test this method on dead HP DV6500? I extracted it, but there weren't any .wph files.
     
  18. fattest

    fattest Newbie

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    Hello, I have a toshiba a210-fs3 that had a bad bios flash (overheated and shut off during flash). I have downloaded crisis recovery and put it on a usb flash drive with the toshiba bios renamed to BIOS.WPH. When I boot up the laptop while holding Fn-F, the drive blinks for a few seconds, then a long break, then blinks again, another long break, then more frequent blink/break activity but doesn't seem to do anything after more than 10 mins. What activity should I be seeing if the bios is being flashed correctly? I have tried multiple usb ports but always the same behaviour. Is there something that should come up on screen during the bios flash? I don't get any beep codes or on screen messages. I used wincris and the dos batch file in win7-x64, the batch file gave a warning in the middle about not being compatible with 64bit os but continued through. Should I try getting my hands on a USB floppy drive or is this unit finished?
     
  19. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    aski696,

    Try to phrase your question in English to get a faster response.

    Also, cross-posting is not allowed on these forums.
     
  20. Dan_555

    Dan_555 Notebook Guru

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    Hi everyone, I recently had a BIOS update on my Lenovo Y560 fail and have tried to create a Phoenix Bios Recovery removeable USB drive repeatedly using this guide with no luck. I downloaded and extracted the crisdisk folder, downloaded the latest version of my BIOS, renamed it bios.wph, and placed it in the crisdisk folder but everytime I attempt to run WINCRIS I recieve the error message: "Warning, there are no removeable devices in the system! Please plug in the device and try again." I am trying to do this with a 2 GB USB flash drive and have also tried it with an SD card USB adapter but I always receive the same error message. What am I missing here?

    Thanks,

    Dan
     

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