Bios up date on a duron 13gig

By Daddyboy2
Jun 22, 2006
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  1. just wondering if i would get any gain in my pc perfomance if i flash the bios , or will it help in anyother way
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    it won't help much. unless the computer is giving you trouble i wouldn't bother.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    don't mess with the BIOS unless there is a critical update you need like a CPU chipset that requires a BIOS update in order to work right. (You'll know as the manufactuer usually will tell you.)

    If you mess up the BIOS, your computer becomes brain dead. This is for experienced computer users only. A damaged BIOS requires a motherboard repair at the factory.
  4. skarmory2002

    skarmory2002 Newcomer, in training Posts: 87

    if the mobo is new enough, some utilities let you flash the bios through windows. Judging by your 1.3ghz duron this ios no the case, and youll have to do it through dos. If you have the program to do it like msi's live bios, then go ahead it will guide you through it. but be warned if the power fails or something\, you are screwed. Repair at factory screwed. So be careful.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    updating through DOS is always the best route. It eliminates OS hiccups that can cause a dead motherboard.
  6. Daddyboy2

    Daddyboy2 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    MSI live

    so is this free , this software ?
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    BIOS is firmware (not software). It is always provided for free from the manufactuer.

    BIOS is stored in an EPROM (Eraseable Programmable Read Only Memory) chip on the motherboard. It tells the computer how to do the most basic of things like booting and where to look for hard drives, etc...

    If you update the BIOS you must ensure it is done thoroughly and completely and with the CORRECT firmware update. Failure to let the process complete or using the wrong firmware will cause your computer to be brain dead and requires the manufactuer to reprogram the chip.

    BIOS updating should be done by an experienced computer user. It is not for newbies or those not willing to risk a dead motherboard. If you are willing to accept the risk and you NEED an update, then its a rather simple process.

    BIOS updates are best done via a standard floppy disk drive. This is because BIOS is part of core computing architecture that goes back to the earliest computing days. ALL intel and AMD CPUs have at their very core legacy architecture.

    Normally your new BIOS file and BIOS programmer file are on the floppy. You can download them from the manufactuer or get them supplied to you. You boot this floppy drive. Most BIOS programmers will let you save the old BIOS (download it from the EPROM). Always do this and save it to another floppy disc.

    Then using the programmer, type the name of the new BIOS you wish to upload.
    (specific instructions will vary from motherboard to motherboard.)

    BE PATIENT. If you fail to complete the upload process, your system will be brain dead.
    It can take a long time sometimes.

    As I said before, I do not recommend changing the BIOS unless it is absolutely necessary for compatibility purposes.
  8. Daddyboy2

    Daddyboy2 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yep let a pro do it, mother board is 2001 old
  9. eazy_duz_em

    eazy_duz_em Newcomer, in training Posts: 170

    if you don't have any problems with your pc i don't suggest flashing the bios.
    I tell you this from my own experience when i tried to flash my mobo' bios just for some Vmod options that the old bios didn't had.
    I hade a big surprise when the floppy let me down in the bios flashing procedure.
    RESULT: > Computer Never started anymore it locked at "Checking NVRAM..."
    I had to buy another one(what a waste of money).
    So just keep the old bios :>
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,067   +13

    why would you want to update the Bios on a motherboard THAT old?
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