I just wanted to upgrade my old Satellite A100-386 with 4gb RAM (2x2Gb Crucial) instead of 1Gb, as I am now under Windows7 Pro 64bits instead of the original XP 32.
I read I had to upgrade the BIOS as mine is v2.00. So, I downloaded the last one.
It seems to be an automatic BIOS upgrade (S10V600.exe) as mentioned on Toshiba Website.
But when hit the .exe, I have an error message box telling me :
"LOADPEDRV.EXE: failed to start the service"
My question is: Do I need to be 32bits OS to run the automatic BIOS upgrade or is ther any way to flash the BIOS with a Windows7 64 bits OS running?
Thank's a lot for any answer as I did not find "how to" in research mode on this furum.
Thank you for your answer.
What I forgot to mention is that when I connect the two RAM memory, I have a black screen without BIOS. If I connect only one memory, everything is OK.
I bought my RAM from Crucial after the online test. This is a 4Gb kit (2x2GB) DDR2-5300 (instead of 1GB Samsung DDR2-4200 original).
If I do not connect one, everything is OK. As soon as I connect the second memory, I have a black screen and no Bios. And, regardless of the location used. I also have a black screen when I connect a Crucial 2Gb and 1Gb memory Samsung.
Hence my idea of having to flash the BIOS so that the memory is taken into account (which is newer than the one that comes standard). New Bios often takes in consideration new memory or new CPU.
I have not found the list of improvements made by the new BIOS. Please note that this is the first time I am updating a laptop, but I go up for years of desktop PCs, and there is always the list of improvements, such sites Asus or MSI.
Even if 2Gb of Crucial is better than the original 1Gb, as I am under Windows7 Pro 64, I really like to validate more RAM (up to 4Gb as this model supports).
I've seen this file, very explicit, and the downloaded bios clearly corresponds to the third scenario: "Bios update number 3".
In my case, the file is not named P0066V200.exe but S10V600.exe. And when I run it, I have the error message mentioned above.
Of course, I can always reinstall the Windows XP that came with this laptop. But to avoid this, I wondered if there was any way to flash in 64-bit (changing OS requires backup everything and reinstall later). If 64 bit is realy the problem.
Maybe is there a way to boot from a USB key or DOS floppy disk, with the binary file (*. rom) and the an exe that allows to install?