Howto do a Bios Update without a floppy disk drive

Doing a bios update nowadays can be quiet difficult if you have no floppy disk drive – especially if you plan to do it on a rather old mainboard like the Tyan Thunder N3600R. The flasher for the bios needs to be run from a clean DOS environment without any memory handlers (like EMM386 or HIMEM.SYS) loaded. This tutorial was made especially for the Tyan Thunder N3600R bios but should work fine with any oldschool bios flasher that needs to be run from a clean DOS environment.

So here we go if you have no floppy drive, but a cd drive and a hard disk.


1.) You need the Ultimate Boot CD Version 3.2. – you can download it from here. The most recent version of the Ultimate Boot CD can be found here, but later version than 3.2 don´t have the boot disk we need so for this tutorial you should stick with version 3.2.

2.) Burn the downloaded ISO from step 1 to a CD (bootable).

3.) You need a hard disk with at least one free partition which must to be formatted with FAT32 (NTFS won´t work) and remember the drive letter (f.e. C: or D:).

4.) You need the bios files you want to flash and the flasher.

5.) Copy the bios files and the flasher to the FAT32 partition onto the hard disk from step 3.

Once you´ve done that, now the important part:

6.) Boot your PC from the CD you have burned in step 2. You should see the Ultimate Boot Disk 3.2 main screen.

7.) Press “F6” for Dos / Linux Boot Disks.

8.) Press “F3″for NwDsk: Netware Boot Disk.

9.) You can now see the NwDsk Boot Disks main screen.

10.) Quickly press “F5” (Bypass startup files) otherwise it will load the wrong configuration.

11.) You´ll now find a DOS prompt waiting for your input.

12.) Navigate to the partition (drive) where the bios files and the flasher are by typing “C:” or “D:” (depending on the drive letter you remembered from step 3).

13.) Start the flasher by typing “flash” (if you don´t know what´s the name of the flasher type “dir” to see all files and then search for an executable (*.bat, *.exe,*.com).

14.) The bios flasher will start and flash a the new bios. From now on follow the instructions on the screen and NEVER turn off your PC while the flasher is running.

15.) You´re done.

Thx to the people at for their great work !


Resizing a VirtualBox VDI image / hard disk

I´m using Sun´s VirtualBox for a while to host multiple Operating Systems on my machine. I discovered that it is not possible to re-size fixed disk images without doing a completely fresh install of that virtual machine. I found a quite helpful post at Nick Heppelston´s BizTalk Blog to solve this problem.

I found this fascinating quote today:

In my previous post I extolled the virtues of Sun’s desktop virtualisation software, VirtualBox. One thing niggled me though – I couldn’t easily expand a Virtual Disk Image (VDI) and was regularly reaching the space limits of the modest 20Gb disks I was creating; I needed an easy way of expanding disks before I could use it as my main virtualisation platform and felt comfortable in recommending it to my, Nick Heppleston’s BizTalk Blog, Dec 2009

You should read the whole article.