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
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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