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Beginners Guides: Flashing a Motherboard BIOS

Beginners Guides: Flashing a Motherboard BIOS - PCSTATS
Abstract: Upgrading the BIOS (Basic Input Output System) of your computer's motherboard, also sometimes called flashing, used to be a complex operation full of potential perils for your PC.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Guide Jun 30 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Automatic BIOS Update Programs

Almost all motherboard manufacturers offer a utility that will give you the exact model and BIOS revision date of your board. MSI has their "Live Update" program, Aopen their "Aoconfig" software, and so on. Generally this utility will come included on the CD bundled with the board, but failing this, you should be able to download the company specific software from the manufacturer's site under the 'utilities' or 'tools' category.

Here's some links to Asus, MSI, ABIT and Gigabyte's BIOS support pages to get you started. If you don't know the website of your motherboard manufacturer, have a look below, or run a search through Google.

Motherboard Manufacturer Websites
Albatron http://www.albatron.com.tw Soltek http://www.soltek.com.tw/
Abit http://www.abit.com.tw/ Tyan http://www.tyan.com
Asus http://www.asus.com.tw/ Transcend http://www.transcend.com.tw/
Gigabyte http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/ Shuttle http://www.spacewalker.com/
Soyo http://www.soyousa.com/ Epox http://www.epox.com.tw/
MSI Computer http://www.msicomputer.com/ DFI http://www.dfi.com.tw
Iwill http://www.iwillusa.com/ DTK http://www.dtk.com.tw/
Aopen http://www.aopen.com.tw/ ECS http://www.ecs.com.tw
FIC http://www.fic.com.tw/ Biostar http://www.biostar.com.tw
Chaintech http://www.chaintech.com.tw/ Acorp http://www.acorp.com.tw
Intel http://www.intel.com Foxconn http://www.foxconnchannel.com

Once you find the website for the maker of your motherboard, look around for their BIOS update tool, if they have one. If they do, download, install and run this program to find the exact make and model of your board.

As an example of what to expect, at right is a screen shot from MSI's software to give you an idea of what you are looking for.

Once you have the exact BIOS revision number which is currently being used by your PC, we next need to find out what BIOS revisions are available for your motherboard. In most cases, you can go directly to the manufacturer's product page for the board for a link to the available BIOS downloads. Also check the downloads, or support sections of their website.

Some of the software utilities, for example MSI's Live Update, will search for BIOS and driver updates for you, and handle the downloads.

For the most part though, you'll have to take the information you have learned about your motherboard model, and BIOS revision and go hunting through the manufacturers website. When you find the page with the BIOS updates for your particular motherboard, select the latest update and download it to your desktop. Generally speaking, if your board is using BIOS revision 3.10, you will want to download a later revision; this could be 3.10b, or 3.22 as an example.

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Contents of Article: PCstats Guide
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Flashing a Motherboard BIOS
 Pg 2.  Why do you need to upgrade?
 Pg 3.  — Automatic BIOS Update Programs
 Pg 4.  Procedure: Flashing the BIOS in DOS mode
 Pg 5.  Manually flashing BIOS under DOS
 Pg 6.  Final Steps: Checking the Update

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