I received a BIOS update from eSupport.com yesterday, a day after I made the request. I got the email on a Saturday even though there business hours don't include Saturday. So someone must be checking the requests. I created a bootable CD and made sure my CMOS settings were set to boot from the CD drive, and ran the program to update (Flash) my BIOS, but the utility didn't give me an option to back up my current BIOS settings. So I searched the web for utilities to back up the settings in my BIOS Memory. The utility I decided to use was from the site:Mind Products CMOS Utility
The reason I decided to use this utility is that it was updated just a few days ago, and it seems like whoever created it is keeping up to date with what they created.
This utility has to be run from a command prompt, so it's not as user friendly as a program you can just start up and then click your mouse on. I did run the CMOSSAVE.COM command and got a msg that my BIOS settings had been saved to a file. And I did see that the file had been created.
This utility could be very confusing and difficult to learn for someone who isn't familiar with typing commands in MS-DOS. If I didn't have some experience with MS-DOS, and understood things like the PATH command, and what it does, I don't know if I could have figured out how to use this utility without investing large amounts of time to learn the background knowledge needed.
For anyone who doesn't know how to use the MS-DOS command prompt and wants to be able to use this utility, you can get to the command prompt by going to "All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt" You can type "help cd" and hit enter to learn about the Change Directory (CD) command. It's critical to understand how to move between the directories (File Folders).
I use "Explore" (Not Explorer, Explore) to create new directories instead of using the MS-DOS command "Make Directory". To get to "Explore" just right click the Start Button, or "Pearl" as Vista calls it.
You also have to be able to unzip files, and then actually be able to find them after they have been unzipped.
The site "mind products" does have a link to view the manual for this utility right there next to the download link. Make sure to look at the manual first to see if this is something you think you can handle.