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ABit Page Update, 30th January 1999
This page - which used to cover installation and configuration of the ABit LX6 in some depth - has been rewritten to support some of the most popular ABit motherboards. Just in case there was some information on the old page that you wanted to refer to, you'll find it here.
Each of the sections below contain current and archive BIOS files, which are posted in GWeb space so you don't have to spend all morning waiting for that Taiwan FTP site. I'm also including links to Anandtech's reviews of the boards, which include optimum BIOS settings for all the different bus speeds. I've used these settings on the LX6 and BH6, and they definitely get the best out of the boards. If the document names change (so the links don't work), check out the Anandtech motherboard review index and pick your board from the list.
The most up to date version of ABit's home page (in English) is hosted in Taiwan, but the fastest page from the UK seems to be the mirror in The Netherlands. If it's something older you're looking for, check the mirror. If it's the latest news or BIOS you want, check the site in Taiwan.
The Award flash utility, which you'll need to update your ABit BIOS, is included in it's own section at the end of this page. If you're not sure which version of BIOS you're running, check the last two characters in the BIOS ID string (bottom left of the screen when the PC boots) to find out.
If you're setting up a new PC with one of these boards, and you're installing Windows 95, you'll want to check out GWeb's Intel pages to grab the Intel INF Update Utility which will tell Windows 95 how to use the Intel chipsets the boards support.
BIOS Files for the BW7
Anandtech have reviewed the BL7 (the BW7's P4-478 equivalent), but not the BW7 - yet.
|bldw7bp.exe||16.09.02||ABit BW7 BIOS version BP (self-extracting executable). BP fixes a few issues and updates the HPT 37x BIOS to version 2.0.1024.||ABit||250Kb|
|bldw7ab.exe||02.07.02||ABit BW7 BIOS version AB (self-extracting executable). AB fixes an 'on line diagnostic tool issue'.||ABit||244Kb|
|bldw78u.exe||14.05.02||ABit BW7 BIOS version 8U (self-extracting executable). 8U adds support for the 2.4GHz Pentium 4, fixes the occasional no-POST with debug code 26 issue while "Fixed PCI=33" option was enabled in Softmenu III, and adds HPT 37x BIOS version 2.31 (for BD7-RAID and BW7-RAID only). ABit provide some important BIOS upgrade information for those of you with RAID boards; be sure to check out the Info link for details before upgrading.||ABit||240Kb|
|bldw76v.exe||14.03.02||ABit BW7 BIOS version 6V (self-extracting executable). 6V changes the year setup default to 2002, raises the adjustable core voltage for Pentium 4s, fixes an ACPI error after STR resume, and includes HPT BIOS version 2.0.0124. The download includes the correct version of AWDFlash.exe and the other files you'll want for changing the BIOS.||ABit||240Kb|
|bldw75k.exe||06.11.01||ABit BW7 BIOS version 5K (self-extracting executable). 5K fixes the CD-ROM boot issue on SCSI cards, the unbootable issue when installing a hard disk onto IDE 2 and set the boot sequence to HDD_1, HDD_0 then floppy. It includes HPT BIOS version 2.0.0124. The download includes the correct version of AWDFlash.exe and the other files you'll want for changing the BIOS.||ABit||240Kb|
|bldw75c.exe||15.10.01||ABit BW7 BIOS version 5C (self-extracting executable). This version fixes the "Shutdown When CPU Fan Fail" option and improves the STR function. The download includes the correct version of AWDFlash.exe and the other files you'll want for changing the BIOS.||ABit||232Kb|
|bldw75b.exe||14.09.01||ABit BW7 BIOS version 5B (self-extracting executable). Fixes some P4-423 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz CPU compatibility issues. The download includes the correct version of AWDFlash.exe and the other files you'll want for changing the BIOS.||ABit||223Kb|
|bldw73h.exe||16.07.01||ABit BW7 BIOS version 73H, the initial release. The download includes the correct version of AWDFlash.exe and the other files you'll want for changing the BIOS.||ABit||211Kb|
BIOS Files for the BF6
|beh70.exe||03.12.01||ABit BF6 BIOS version 70. Adds support for 1.1GHz(100) PIIIs and Celerons, but not those with a Tualiatin core. Also includes HPT 366 BIOS version v1.25. The download includes the correct version of AWDFlash.exe and the other files you'll want for changing the BIOS.||ABit||210Kb|
|beh_xu.bin||08.02.01||ABit BF6 BIOS version XU. Adds support for Celeron 800(100)MHz CPUs and FlashMenu. ABit recommend flashing with AWDFlash 7.72 (grab it below).||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_uh.bin||05.09.00||ABit BF6 BIOS version UH. Adds support for 1GHz PIII (133MHz FSB).||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_sh.bin||03.07.00||ABit BF6 BIOS version SH. Adds support for 850, 866 and 933MHz PIIIs (133MHz FSB), and 566 to 700MHz Celerons (66MHz FSB).||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_rv.bin||08.05.00||ABit BF6 BIOS version RV. Improves the 133MHz FSB option in SoftMenu and fixes a few specific issues - check the Info link for full details.||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_qj.bin||02.01.00||ABit BF6 BIOS version QJ. An absolute necessity for supporting PIII 600Es running as 800EBs. Adds support for PIII CPUs up to 800MHz, and AGP transfer mode control for 133MHz FSB clock speeds (prevents cards trying to run at AGP 2x, which would be about 178MHz at 133MHz FSB).||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_po.bin||20.12.99||ABit BF6 BIOS version PO. Supports the I2C debugging card and adds an AGP transfer mode control.||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_nz.bin||09.11.99||ABit BF6 BIOS version NZ. Supports PIII 600-700MHz (100FSB) CPUs and shows User Defined CPU frequencies correctly.||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_ny.bin||13.10.99||ABit BF6 BIOS version NY. Solves boot failure issues when switching CPUs and CD-ROM detection problems when it's the IDE-1 master,||ABit||256Kb|
|beh_np.bin||08.10.99||ABit BF6 BIOS version NP, the initial release.||ABit||256Kb|
BIOS and Driver Files for the BE6 and it's HPT366 controller
Here are the official BE6 BIOS files from ABit, and HighPoint's Windows 95 Drivers for the HPT366 UltraDMA/66 hard disk controller.
There are two steps to updating support for the HPT366 on the BE6 - the HPT366 BIOS and it's device driver. HighPoint are trying to keep the updates in sequence, so you'll often find device driver and BIOS updates with the same version number. The device driver updates are available below, and are installed according to the readme.txt file included.
|be6_th.bin||31.07.00||ABit BE6 BIOS version TH. Adds support for Celeron IIs up to 633MHz.||ABit||256Kb|
|366_125_98.zip||19.04.00||HighPoint HPT366 device drivers version 1.25. Released by HighPoint in April, posted by ABit in June.||readme.txt||36Kb|
|be6_qp.bin||26.06.00||ABit BE6 BIOS version QP. Adds support for 750, 800 and 850MHz PIIIs (100MHz FSB), and 667 and 700MHz Celerons (66MHz FSB). Check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|be6_pv.bin||26.05.00||ABit BE6 BIOS version PV. Supports the 533A, 566 and 600MHz Celerons, all at 66MHz FSB. Also fixes a couple of problems and improves IRQ assignment. Check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|366_122_98.zip||29.12.99||HighPoint HPT366 device drivers version 1.22.||readme.txt||20Kb|
|be6_pl.bin||11.11.99||ABit BE6 BIOS version PL. Includes HPT366 BIOS 1.21, and supports the PIII 600(100), 650(100) and 700(100).||ABit||256Kb|
|be6_nu.bin||06.11.99||ABit BE6 BIOS version NU. Includes HPT366 BIOS 1.20, and supports the Celeron 533(66); fixes the SCO boot problem and others - check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|Win98_366_1.20.zip||05.10.99||HighPoint HPT366 device driver version 1.20.||readme.txt||19Kb|
|be6_mu.bin||27.08.99||ABit BE6 BIOS version MU. Includes HPT366 BIOS 1.07, and supports the PIII 600(100); fixes the Y2K RTC problem and others - check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|Win98_366_1.11.zip||22.08.99||HighPoint HPT366 device driver version 1.11. The files in this version are the same as the beta 1.10, but the distribution includes a readme.txt which identifies it as 1.11.||readme.txt||18Kb|
|be6_lq.bin||17.06.99||ABit BE6 BIOS version LQ. Initial Release which includes HPT366 BIOS 1.07.||ABit||256Kb|
To update the HPT366 BIOS, you need to flash the motherboard's BIOS with a version that has the appropriate HPT366 BIOS embedded. ABit's official BIOS releases aren't updated as new HPT366 BIOS versions become available - fortunately, other ABit users have created versions of the BE6 BIOS with the HPT366 BIOS revisions embedded. You'll find these in the table below.
|BE6 BIOS||HPT366 1.07||HPT366 1.10||HPT366 1.20||HPT366 1.21|
BIOS Files for the BH6 Revision 1.1
Check the label on your BH6 (on the outside edge of the first ISA slot) to determine whether it's a revision 1.1 board.
|bh32_sp.bin||03.07.00||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version SP. Adds support for 750, 800 and 850MHz PIIIs (133MHz FSB), and 566 to 700MHz Celerons (66MHz FSB).||ABit||256Kb|
|bh32_qm.bin||02.03.00||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version QM. Fixes Linux memory reporting, Windows 2000 shutdown and support for I740s. Check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh32_pm.bin||25.11.99||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version PM. Supports the PIII 600Mhz, 650Mhz and 700Mhz (all on 100Mhz FSB) CPUs - check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh32_nx.bin||08.11.99||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version NX. Supports the Celeron 533(66); supports hard disks up to 37Gb - check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh32_nk.bin||30.08.99||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version NK. Supports the PIII 600(100), fixes the Y2K RTC problem and others - check the Info link for details.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh32_lg.bin||07.06.99||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version LG. Supports the PIII 550.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh32_kk.bin||06.05.99||ABit BH6 Revision 1.1 BIOS version KK. Initial release.||ABit||256Kb|
BIOS Files for the BH6
|bh6_ss.bin||06.07.00||ABit BH6 BIOS version SS. Supports Supports Celeron 633, 667 and 700MHz CPUs (66MHz FSB).||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_qn.bin||12.06.00||ABit BH6 BIOS version QN. Supports Supports Celeron 533a, 566 and 600MHz CPUs (all 66MHz FSB), and fixes a few minor issues. Check the Info link.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_nv.bin||26.11.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version NV. Supports 37Gb hard disks.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_mv.bin||01.10.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version MV. Adds support for the Celeron 533(66) and PIII-600.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_ln.bin||26.07.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version LN. This fixes the Y2K Real-Time Clock problem and the password function. IRQ assignment and the Turbo Frequency feature are both improved.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_lh.bin||07.06.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version LH. Supports the Socket 370 Celeron 466 and the PIII 550.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_kj.bin||24.05.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version KJ. Revises the BIOS to pass the Year 2000 RTC Rollover test; supports the Socket 370 Celeron 466 Mhz CPU. Note that this BIOS can not pass the critical CMOS reading and writing test in PCCHECK.EXE - apparently it'll be ready in the next BIOS.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_kg.bin||01.04.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version KG. Adds support for the Pentium III Serial Number function, and manual PCI IRQ assignment.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_jj.bin||08.02.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version JJ. Adds support for the Socket 370 Celeron 433 MHz CPU and correct naming of the Pentium III CPU.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_hn.bin||19.01.99||ABit BH6 BIOS version HN. Adds support for PIII-450 and 500 and Celeron 366 and 400s, among other things. Check the Info link for full details of the changes.||ABit||256Kb|
|bh6_gy.bin||23.11.98||ABit BH6 BIOS version GY. Updates the default keyboard speed setting to 8MHz to fix the Microsoft Elte keyboards; change the ACPI default to Disable.||ABit||256Kb|
BIOS Files for the BX6
|bx6_qs.bin||10.03.00||ABit BX6 BIOS version QS. Fixes an incorrect capacity problem under Linux and an incompatibility with Windows2000.||ABit||128Kb|
|bx6_mx.bin||20.12.99||ABit BX6 BIOS version MX. Supports Celeron 533Mhz(100Mhz FSB) and PIII 600Mhz(100Mhz FSB) CPUs, and 40GB hard disks and above.||ABit||128Kb|
|bx6_mp.bin||23.07.99||ABit BX6 BIOS version MP. Fixes the password function.||ABit||128Kb|
|bx6_lw.bin||01.07.99||ABit BX6 BIOS version LW. Adds support for the Celeron 466 and PIII 550. Also fixes the Y2K RTC function.||ABit||128Kb|
|bx6_jl.bin||12.02.99||ABit BX6 BIOS version JL. Adds support for the Socket 370 Celeron 433 MHz CPU and correct naming of the Pentium III CPU.||ABit||128Kb|
|bx6_hv.bin||25.01.99||ABit BX6 BIOS version HV. Adds support for PIII-450 and 500 and Celeron 366 and 400s, among other things. Check the Info link for full details of the changes.||ABit||128Kb|
|bx6_gx.bin||23.11.98||ABit BX6 BIOS version GX. Updates the default keyboard speed setting to 8MHz to fix the Microsoft Elte keyboards; change the ACPI default to Disable.||ABit||128Kb|
BIOS Files for the LX6
|lx6c_ly.bin||17.06.99||ABit LX6 BIOS version LY. Supports Intel Celeron 466, and fixes the password function.||ABit||128Kb|
|lx6c_hg.bin||28.12.98||ABit LX6 BIOS version HG. Supports socket 370 CPUs up to the Celeron 400Mhz, fixes the Microsoft Elite K/B number lock key problem, supports the Intel Celeron 300A and fixes the problem of the system not regonizing the NEC ATAPI ZIP drive in Windows 95 as an IDE drive.||ABit||128Kb|
|lx6c_dy.bin||21.07.98||ABit LX6 BIOS version DY. Allows two VGA cards to be installed in one system.||ABit||128Kb|
|lx6c_dr.bin||07.05.98||ABit LX6 BIOS version DR. Adds support for the Celeron, and fixes a problem with UltraDMA CD-ROM/HDD 2 combinations.||ABit||128Kb|
|lx6c_7q.bin||03.11.97||ABit LX6 BIOS version 7Q. This is the version which shipped with my LX6 - just here for reference, really.||ABit||128Kb|
Award Flash Utility for ABit BIOS Updates
These are the current and archive revisions of the Award BIOS flash update utility.
|awdflash.exe||21.07.00||Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v7.72).||ABit||28Kb|
|awdflash752c.exe||25.01.00||Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v7.52c).||ABit||32Kb|
|awdflash741.exe||12.08.99||Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v7.41).||ABit||31Kb|
|awdflash705.exe||15.03.99||Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v7.05).||ABit||30Kb|
|awdflash66.exe||11.11.98||Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v6.6).||None||25Kb|
|awdflash622.exe||19.09.98||Previous version of the Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v6.22).||None||23Kb|
|awdflash54.exe||17.10.97||Previous version of the Award Flash BIOS Update Utility (v5.4).||None||17Kb|