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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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Final Steps: Checking the Update

Reboot the computer only after the program gives you the okay to do so. You should note the new version number on the POST screen. Press 'DEL' repeatedly at the POST screen to enter the BIOS setup screen. You will need to reset any custom settings you had previously made. Also take a quick look around to see if any new options are available to you. Save and exit the BIOS setup screen and boot into Windows.

Use the motherboard utility to verify that your BIOS is set correctly, and that the new revision is being used.

If everything looks good, and the new revision number shows up, congratulations! You have successfully updated your motherboard's BIOS, and most likely improved your computing experience. Bask in the glow of a DIY project well done. Now, time for that case modification project… ;-)

Troubleshooting Hints and Suggestions

If the worst happened, and your kid sister ran into the room, pressed the reset switch then fled, or there was a blackout while the BIOS was being update, all is not lost. While your computer is currently 100% useless, it may be possible to recover the BIOS.

First of all, many recent motherboards contain BIOS recovery features. These may be a second BIOS, a recovery routine built into the board, or a jumper on the motherboard which will force it to look for a BIOS file on floppy. You need to consult your motherboard's documentation and the website of your motherboard manufacturer for more information, as the procedures and possibilities are too varied to be covered in this article.If there is no BIOS recovery feature, then the best bet is to RMA your board back to the manufacturer for repair, unfortunately.

Look for a separate article focusing on BIOS recovery sometime soon. Here are some links to get you started.

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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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