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BIOS Flashing question


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vraknari

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When doing a new pc build, I've read that you should use the latest motherboard drivers and BIOS available from the manufacturer. But when exactly would it be done?

I'm thinking it would be done once the OS is installed, but then would I have to reinstall the OS for everything to take affect?

I inadvertently left this step out during my last build, but so far haven't gotten any complaints from the recipient. If I do need to update the BIOS, how tough would it be since I've got everything installed already.

Thanks.
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You don't have to reinstall anything software after flashing the BIOS.
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Its basically just putting the file down to a floppy and booting from that and allowing it to update. You just want to make sure there are NO power interruptions while its running. The BIOS wont lose files, or software.
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What's a floppy?

j/k..

But I wasn't planning on installing a floppy drive, so if I put the files on cd and booted from there, would that work just as well?

If not, what other option[s] would i have for flashing the bios since I did not include a floppy disk on my last build.

Thanks for the quick responses!!
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Some BIOS updates now can be done from the hard drive (I'm speaking primarily about Dell here). I've never flashed from CD, but I'd think that would work.
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I've googled this some more - the CD will have to be a boot CD. You could flash from thumb drive if you BIOS supports USB boot. Check out this forum thread: http://forums.anandt...p;enterthread=y

Hope this helps.
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Most motherboard manufacturers have a file for recent boards that you can use to flash the BIOS from within Windows.

To flash from CD you will need it to be bootable. Nero can do this for you but you'd still need to make the boot floppy yourself.
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I've googled this some more - the CD will have to be a boot CD. You could flash from thumb drive if you BIOS supports USB boot. Check out this forum thread: http://forums.anandt...p;enterthread=y

Hope this helps.



thanks for the link. cleared things up a great deal.
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:whistling: Great! Thanks for letting us know.
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