We recently ran an article on
the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) of your motherboard to enable
new features and fix errors. That got us thinking that we'd only covered half
the story. Sure, hardware enthusiasts have been upgrading the BIOS on their
motherboards for years, but what about the other components of a computer
Video cards in particular have
an interesting history in relation to the BIOS flashing procedure. While
motherboard BIOS fixes generally add support for new processors and fix hardware
glitches, video card BIOS updates have the potential to do much more.
Enterprising tech-heads have discovered instances where a video card can
actually be transformed by a BIOS update, activating hidden features and
potential buried performance aspects by the manufacturer (generally for
In this article, PCstats will
describe the process of flashing (re-programming) your video card's BIOS chip.
We cover the potential benefits and risks of the procedure, as well as specific
steps for both ATI and Nvidia cards. In case anything goes wrong, a
troubleshooting section brings up the rear, and may save yours.