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Updated Bios now Reload CD not working


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#1 RedKMan

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 04:19 PM

I am stupidly updated my BIOS not realising that it would cause the reload cd not to work. From doing some research I understand I need to edit the DMI string of the Bios so that it matches the DMI string of the Reload CD. My question how do I begin to do this?

First off, this is an old machine that can boot up fine into a less than legal version of Win XP Pro (I had to test it). I want to use my reload cd as I can't be bothered paying for another OEM of WIN XP Home. Nobody I know has this version so thats out of the question. My only option is to edit this DMI string.

My questions,

How do I get the string from the reload CD so I know exactly what to change the DMI string on the Bios to?

Where can I get the DMI String editor from with instructions?

The PC is not being used now anyways so if I make a mistake and fry things no harm.

Award Modular Bios V6.00PG

W6382VTB V1.0 071502
07/15/2002-VT8366-8233

The computer is an old Time Computers one and I've been told the DMI string should have Time Computers at the beginning.

Edited by boopme, 25 September 2009 - 07:26 PM.


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Posted 25 September 2009 - 07:27 PM

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 07:33 PM

<<I want to use my reload cd as I can't be bothered paying for another OEM of WIN XP Home.>>

What reload CD would you be referring to?

If you don't have a valid license to install XP on this old system...there's nothing anyone here can do.

From forum rules: "No subject matter will be allowed whose purpose is to defeat existing copyright or security measures. If a user persists and/or the activity is obviously illegal the staff reserves the right to remove such content and/or ban the user. This would also mean encouraging the use or continued use of pirated software is not permitted, and subject to the same consequences."

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 03:55 AM

I am referring to a Time Computers Reload CD I recieved when I purchased the computer many years ago. I DO have a full license key for Windows XP Home Edition. The problem is the computer came with the reload cd which has part of the image on the hd in a partition and part on this reload cd. In order for the reload cd to work, the dmi string for both must match. However I upgraded the bios many moons ago which changed the bios dmi string. Thus the two dmi strings no longer match, thus the reload cd does not work. My computer has the legal valid license key I am NOT doing anything illegal here at all. All I am trying to do is fix a problem!!

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 08:03 AM

I understand now, thanks :thumbsup:.

The problems, as I see it...is that you have a disk for reinstall that is a recovery/restore CD...and the only entity that understands how that works...is the company that prepared such and provided it with the system.

See remarks by Jakob at http://www.winvistatips.com/dmi-string-has...ed-t214223.html.

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 11:26 AM

I've decided to get a cheap secondhand copy of Win XP as the manufacturer of my computer went bust many years ago. So I cannot return the computer for them to sort out this problem. Oh well :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 12:25 PM

A copy of XP from Microsoft...is more valuable/more flexible than any recovery/restore CDs, IMO.

User has more options for repair and possible correction of O/S issues...than would be provided by restore/recovery disks/partitions.

Remember to obtain the license key for that copy of XP. Although your original license key ought to work with it...you may want to use that copy of XP on any replacement system that you might ever obtain.

Happy computing :thumbsup:.

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