VISTA install issue (ACPI compliance)(22 posts)
Also, after you verify that your bios is updated and acpi is enabled, you should make sure that XP is setup to use ACPI... you might have to boot off the XP cd and choose to repair in order to get ACPI working.
From what I've read, that will sometimes help get the Vista upgrade to work.
ACPI is enabled in BIOS, and yes there is an available upgrade for my BIOS. What I am trying to find out is that if there is a way to get around that and install VISTA without having to upgrade the BIOS merely for ACPI compliance. It just seems like a waste of money and time (mostly money).
Here is my BIOS info. I have searched high and low to find an upgrade. The only place that I could find it charges $39.99 :(
BIOS TYPE : Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS
BIOS DATE : 06/03/04
BIOS ID : 06/03/2004-PM800-8237-6A7L2J1AC-00
OEM Sign-on: V.PM800DMS A04 06-03-2004
CHIPSET : VIA 82C259 rev 0
OS : Microsoft Windows XP Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
CPU TYPE : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU
CPU SPEED : 3000Mhz
Look closely at your motherboard for signs of a model number or part number. Even an FCC ID number will do, or the original manual if you have it. I'm guessing from your BIOS info that it's indeed a PMS800DMS motherboard, but you need to be sure.
If it's a PMS800DMS, you'll want the file pm80msA5.BIN. (Use the link in column 3, not column 1.) You'll also need awdflash.exe at the top of the page, and a DOS boot floppy. Read the readme, and remember to save the orignal BIOS before you flash the new one.
Next time you buy a motherboard, pick a manufacturer with a recognizable name, and a support website that can be understood.
Thank you very much for your assistance. You have gone above and beyond for someone that you don't even know :)
I appreciate that.
One small thing; I didn't install a floppy drive when I built my system (not much use for one anymore) is it possible to use a bootable CD for the same purpose? I assume that it is, but I don't want to screw up.
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