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Bios update for gateway 200ARC

by Chrisc2985 / February 22, 2014 10:18 AM PST

Followed instructions on gateway support,but can not access a: prompt. Have no floppy drive in this laptop,only DVD rom and USB.

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Pretty sad result.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2014 11:54 PM PST

By your comment on the floppy I'm guessing the recovery system for BIOS requires a floppy. If so, get one and then you can do this.

If not, get to the gateway site and look for repair centers.
Bob

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Been to the site!
by Chrisc2985 / February 23, 2014 7:30 AM PST
In reply to: Pretty sad result.

I have been to the site, that is where the problem is.Their second option is to download all files onto a cd or dvd, leaving out the .exe file. Put cd in drive and reboot computer when computer boots wait for a: prompt and type in 420301.exe. Only prompt I will get is c prompt.Do you have any other ideas as to how I can update the bios in this laptop.it is a Gateway 200ARC running windows Xp right now.

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So it runs XP now? Stop. Do not update the BIOS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2014 7:35 AM PST
In reply to: Been to the site!

If you are getting a C prompt that means the BIOS is working. Time to stop and not break this laptop.
Bob

PS. I have never in over a decade guided anyone on BIOS updates except to defer to the maker's instructions as one wrong move and it's toast. Let's let the maker take the heat.

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