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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:30 am 
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Hello, I recently bought this mb on ebay, since Epox is gone also the website doesn't exist anymore, so i'm looking for the last bios for this MB.
Thank you in advance.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:41 am 
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More info is needed before any suggested search leads.
Type of motherboard.. AT, ATX, mATX, other. Socket type, memory type; other features, such as AGP, ISA, PCI, PCI-E slots.
An image would help greatly. The lower left corner of the first video screen has a string of characters, this is a positive ID of the motherboard, manufacturer, and inception date. If a problem with copying this info, start up with no keyboard, the BIOS set to 'halt on all errors'. Post info here.
A BIOS upgrade may still be available, but maybe not a recent date. Has to be specific to the motherboard model.
Maybe our preferred reference site, http://www.elhvb.com/ .
Try http://www.wimsbios.com or other BIOS providers.. preferably the same brand as original. Avoid insecure sites.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:20 pm 
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Thank you for the answer, I have been able to find the last bios version, it sounds to be "vp300411.exe" with supporto for the lastest k6 plus processors.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:49 am 
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That BIOS version noted is listed at http://www.elhvb.com/mobokive/Archive/E ... index.html , along with hundreds of other BIOS brands/versions. Get the positive ID from your motherboard, Google same, should provide links to latest version.
Be aware, there may be BIOS limitations on memory type, CPU type and hard drive capacity that may still be present with an updated BIOS. If the board used single-density RAM, then double-density will only allow 1/2 access to the total amount, even if showing the true capacity of modules.
With hard drive parameters, the cylinder count may exceed the BIOS limits. The head count and cylinder count can be changed with a 4:1 ratio, but don't change the sectors count. An example: 4 heads, 1000 cylinders.. change to 16 heads, 250 cylinders. The BIOS page for hard drives may show a 'user defined' listing. There also may be a choice of "Normal", "Large" or LBA" addressing. The "LBA" (logical block addressing) may work best. If capacity is beyond the BIOS limits as to primary partition size, then set the primary partition within those limits. The OS can work with larger partition sizes than older BIOS limits.
Reserve the primary partition for the OS and its ancillary programs, added partitions can hold any other programming and be as accessible as if on the primary partition.

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Karlsweldt wrote:
That BIOS version noted is listed at http://www.elhvb.com/mobokive/Archive/E ... index.html , along with hundreds of other BIOS brands/versions. Get the positive ID from your motherboard, Google same, should provide links to latest version.
Be aware, there may be BIOS limitations on memory type, CPU type and hard drive capacity that may still be present with an updated BIOS. If the board used single-density RAM, then double-density will only allow 1/2 access to the total amount, even if showing the true capacity of modules.
With hard drive parameters, the cylinder count may exceed the BIOS limits. The head count and cylinder count can be changed with a 4:1 ratio, but don't change the sectors count. An example: 4 heads, 1000 cylinders.. change to 16 heads, 250 cylinders. The BIOS page for hard drives may show a 'user defined' listing. There also may be a choice of "Normal", "Large" or LBA" addressing. The "LBA" (logical block addressing) may work best. If capacity is beyond the BIOS limits as to primary partition size, then set the primary partition within those limits. The OS can work with larger partition sizes than older BIOS limits.
Reserve the primary partition for the OS and its ancillary programs, added partitions can hold any other programming and be as accessible as if on the primary partition.


Thank you for your advices and for the website, my main concern is about the processor, so far I have no problem with memory and hard drive (I have a 20gb hard drive which seems to work fine).


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Sometimes, a jumper setting that is not listed may give a higher FSB speed, or higher multiplier for the CPU needs. But may be unstable. Older motherboards had several base frequency settings, such as 33 MHz to possibly 100 MHz. Multipliers for CPU FSB could be 1.5x to 6x. But the memory has to be compatible to the base frequency, doubled. Otherwise too fast for proper memory paging. There is a thread here on the Forum about older memory types.
As to a hard drive, 20 GB models are hard to find new or in good condition. Or very expensive! Even 40 GB or 80 GB models are scarce. But forming a primary partition within the BIOS limits should allow full use of larger drives beyond 20 GB. If standard 3.5 inch drives are not available, a 2.5 inch laptop drive will work as well, with an adapter to the IDE header. Laptop drives get their power through the connector ribbon; an adapter has an added +5 volt Molex connector for that need. Check http://www.newegg.com/ for needs.
You may be limited to a Win XP version with that older board. From the Win Vista version forward, a lot of older features have been abandoned, being not compatible. Win XP is no longer honored for service or security updates, but if you have Service Pack 3, still a viable OS. Finding an anti-virus/firewall or Web browser program that still honors it is another headache.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:28 am 
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https://www.wimsbios.com/biosupdates/la ... rt/epox/88

I am not 100% sure what we patched in there, just the 128GB harddisk support or also support for more CPU models. But at the very least you can run a K6-2 in this board.

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