If you have an older motherboard that uses Award BIOS, you may need to update your BIOS to fix bugs, improve compatibility, or add new features. One of the tools you can use to flash your BIOS is Awdflash 1.18, a DOS-based utility that supports a wide range of flash chips and motherboards.
In this article, we will show you how to download Awdflash 1.18, create a bootable USB drive, and flash your BIOS safely and easily.
What is Awdflash 1.18?
Awdflash 1.18 is a utility program that helps you to update your BIOS - the code that runs the first moment you boot your PC. It was created by Award Software Inc. to support flashing Award BIOS based data files. The BIOS code is stored on the motherboards on flash chips since its introduction in 1993.
Awdflash 1.18 supports many flash chips and motherboards that use Award BIOS core 6.31 or earlier. It also supports DMI BIOS and BootBlock protection. You can find a list of supported flash chips and motherboards on the Wim's BIOS website.
How to Download Awdflash 1.18?
You can download Awdflash 1.18 from various sources on the internet, but make sure you get it from a reputable and reliable website. One of the websites that offers Awdflash 1.18 for download is soggi.org, which also provides other BIOS update utilities for different BIOS cores and brands.
To download Awdflash 1.18 from soggi.org, follow these steps:
Go to https://soggi.org/motherboards/bios-update-flash-utilities.htm
Scroll down to the section \"Award / Phoenix-Award BIOS update utilities\"
Click on the link \"Phoenix-Award AWDFLASH v8.99 (aka AwardBIOS Flash Utility V8.99)\"
Save the file awd899.zip to your computer
Extract the file awd899.zip using a program like WinZip or WinRAR
Rename the file awdflash.exe to awd118.exe
You have now downloaded Awdflash 1.18 and renamed it for convenience.
How to Create a Bootable USB Drive?
Since Awdflash 1.18 is a DOS-based utility, you cannot run it from Windows or other operating systems. You need to create a bootable USB drive that contains Awdflash 1.18 and your BIOS update file (usually a .bin or .rom file).
To create a bootable USB drive, you need a USB flash drive with at least 256 MB of storage space, a computer with a USB port, and a program like Rufus that can create bootable USB drives.
To create a bootable USB drive with Rufus, follow these steps:
Download Rufus from https://rufus.ie/
Run Rufus and insert your USB flash drive into your computer
Select your USB flash drive under \"Device\"
Select \"FreeDOS\" under \"Boot selection\"
Select \"MBR\" under \"Partition scheme\"
Select \"BIOS (or UEFI-CSM)\" under \"Target system\"
Click \"START\" and wait for Rufus to create the bootable USB drive
Copy awd118.exe and your BIOS update file to the root directory of your USB flash drive
You have now created a bootable USB drive that contains Awdflash 1.18 e0e6b7cb5c