This really only needs 1 hot swap.
Ive done 3 of these now with the BH6. Shadow if I remember correctly you had write problems to your I-Opener Bios chip the first time you flashed it? -- That might be the reason you NEEDED the /f.
Try it with or without the /f. It has worked for me 3 different times now without /f.
ReCap on steps:
Pull ORGINAL bios chip out of BH6 motherboard.
Tape some string on bottom of ORGINAL BH6 bios to make it easier to pull out of the socket. - I used a tiny square of electrical tape and thread.
Put ORGINAL BH6 bios back into motherboard just enough so all contacts on bios chip are touching socket.. Dont need to push that hard at all to achieve this.
Boot PC up off of a floppy disk with AWDFLASH.exe and BH6 bios image file (I used newest one off abit site) and OLD I-Opener bios image file.
As soon as your at a DOS prompt, yank string to pull your ORIGNAL BH6 bios chip out.
Put carefully, I-Opener chip in.. make sure all pins are straight and out enough to make contact in socket. At this point I actually recommend pushing it all the way into the socket so you know the flash has a better chance of working because all pins make contact. (When its done flashing, you can just turn off pc to pull chip out)
Load up AWDFLASH.EXE - With no switches.
Enter name of bh6 bios file when it asks for name.
It will ask you if you want to save old bios or not, I just chose no.
Let it flash, after its done, hit F10 to exit.
Load AWDFLASH.exe back up, NO switches.
For file name this time enter the OLD i-opener bios file name and again do not back up bios and let it flash, if it finishes without any errors your chip is now flashed with the old i-opener bios.
Turn off pc and put back old bios in, after removing i-opener one.
IF you use /f - all you do is load AWDFLASH with the /f after it -- 'AWDFLASH /f'
/F - Tells it to use the settings set on the bios chip for flashing.