How to update BIOS on an AMD Ryzen motherboard – the hard(ware) way

As we know AMD motherboards need BIOS updates to support new generations of Ryzen CPUs. This can normally be done using a recognized older gen CPU to power on the board and access the built-in BIOS updater function.

When there’s no older gen CPU around to use or you’re simply in the mood for some hardware tinkering, you can get your elbows dirty (figuratively, since the board is brand new and not dusty yet) using an EEPROM programmer.

BIOS Error Codes

AMIBIOS is a kind of BIOS manufactured by American Megatrends (AMI).

AwardBIOS is a kind of BIOS manufactured by Award, now owned by Phoenix Technologies.

Several custom implementations of the PhoenixBIOS system exist in many popular motherboards. The beep codes from a Phoenix-based BIOS may be exactly the same as the true Phoenix beep codes or they may vary.