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Gateway GM5457E with onboard Raid

I have a Gateway GM 5457E.
It has an Intel motherboard D945GCFG1
BQCF704003X2 AA D73937-204
BIOS string is CF94510J.15A

Onboard Raid (Intel Matrix Sorage Manager) was working on the machine.

I upgraded BIOS to V62 with package from Gateways Website
http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/search.asp?st=pn&param=4006160R
Raid stopped working completely.
I downgraded BIOS to V38 from same website.
Raid still does not work.

Gateway says they do not have original factory BIOS image file.

This is Gateway site with all details on my machine.
http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Intel2/4006160R/4006160Rnv.shtml

Would anyone have a copy of the original factory BIOS image file?

If someone does have the same machine with working onboard raid, and would be willing to make a copy of the BIOS image, I would be very grateful. If you need instructions on how to make a copy, I can tell you.

Whatever, you do, do not use Gateway's update to flash your bios, especially if you use the onboard Raid and Intel Matrix Storage Manager. The update will destroy your ability to use the raid.

Thanks

Bill

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Just wondering.

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While we hope someone has that image, where is the backup of those files?

That is, this sort of issue could have occurred if a glitch happened with the power at the wrong moment or any other number of disasters. What is the disaster plan here?

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Backup Copy of BIOS

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Hi

I believe the V62 download contains an iflash.exe dos utility that will permit backing up an image of the bios on the machine before flashing it with the new one. However, the problem is that there is also a windows version of the flash program that does not offer that choice. It just flashes the new image without offering the backup. Unfortunately, I used the Windows version, not the DOS version.

I assumed the Windows version would back up the original. It did not.

Ouch.

In any event, if someone has an original working system, they could make a copy of the bios easily enough.

Bill

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have you reconfigured the raid in the bios?

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"Configure Sata As" raid/ahci/ide does not show in bios

In reply to: have you reconfigured the raid in the bios?

thanks for the thought but the "Configure Sata As" raid/ahci/ide does not even show up in the bios.

Bill

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