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BIOS update questions

By Aolish
Sep 17, 2007
  1. Am looking to updating the bios since i want to upgrade to the 5600+. Believe it or not I have never upgraded a bios before so this is gonna be new to me. I do know all the perls that could happen if the update should fail. That is why I am posting here to make sure I am gonna do this correctly. I have several questions:

    1. I do know its very important to get the exact bios file that matches my mobo, but is the revision of the mobo as equally as important when a person wants to update the bios?

    2. How safe is it to use a utility to update the bios in windows then it is through dos? anyone have any experiences with this???

    3. If update should fail restoring back to the original bios file fails is there any other action a person can take?

    Thanks for any info!
     
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    1. yes, a BIOS for one revision may not work for another revision board.

    2. I've only done it once through windows and it worked. I've done it many times with DOS and occasionally through BIOS itself.

    3 order a new BIOS chip, they're socketed. I have recovered after a self modified BIOS that didn't work once so I think that there is some self install mode that is built into most MBs now.

    It's not as difficult as it's cracked up to be but fecal matter occurs on occasion.
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  4. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    If there aint nothing wrong with your bios, then i recommend keeping it as it is.

    Regards Jase
     
  5. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    I just updated mine today, i have an ABIT MB, and succedded flashing it in Vista! I did corrupt it one time with a modded BIOS and ABIT sent me a new one for about 9$, 4+5 shipping.
     
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Easy enough to update the BIOS from the manufacturer's site, following the instructions exactly. No hassel. No problems. Use only what is intended for your board, so you don't have to get lucky.
     
  7. Aolish

    Aolish TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 171

    I wanna purchase the 5600+ but to use it I gotta update my bios (I'm pretty sure). Current bios version for my M2N-SLI Deluxe is only a 0404. Is there a site that lists current bios versions and what processors they are able to detect?
     
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Have you tried the Asus website yet? That's where you will find the latest BIOS' for your motherboard. As to which processors it will support, maybe it will say. You'll have to check and see. If you had a Gigabyte board, their website tells you which processors are supported by which BIOS.
     
  9. westaust55

    westaust55 TS Rookie

    For the Asus AM2 socket M2N-SLI Deluxe motherboard all revisions are capable of supporting the Athlon X2 5600+. You will need to upgrade to at least BIOS version 0609 and might as well go to the latest which is version 1102.

    Goto http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
    For this BIOS

    Asus provides step by step instructions on how to upgrade the BIOS at http://support.asus.com/technicaldocuments/technicaldocuments.aspx?root=198&SLanguage=en-us


    I have flashed BIOS on several mother boards through Ezflash or WinFlash type programs operating in Windows and on older boards you do need a bootable DOS floppy disk with the Aflash program and the BIOS on the floppy. Some more recent motherboards also allow you to use a small BIOS install program built into the BIOS ROM by pressing the correct key when the board starts to boot up.

    Trust this is of help
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    the guide clearly states this. Updating BIOS is slow and methodical. Impatience will result in a dead board.
     
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