Need help in BIOS update

By farisibakir
Dec 29, 2013
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  1. CPU:AMD FX-8320
    Motherboard:ASUS M5A97 R2.0
    OS:Windows 8.1 64-bit

    I hardly know anything about the BIOS so I am asking you this:
    Will I need to update my BIOS and if so how to do that?
    Am I going to update it to the latest version(2103) or the version when the processor was first compatible(1006)?

    Please help, I do not want to make a mistake when updating so please provide a detailed explanation ! ! !
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,070   +1,181

    Some might say updating the BIOS is not worth the risk unless you have a reason to chance it. On the other hand I've never had a BIOS update go badly. BIOS updates are not that difficult to do. But there is always a risk of the update failing. In the off chance of failure, the motherboard will be bricked. There are motherboards that come with a second BIOS for failsafe. I don't know if the failsafe can be used under a bricked board, I will assume it can until I hear otherwise.

    There are three ways to update that I am aware of. All of which may not be available depending on motherboard model and age of system.
    • Within the Operating System (I've used this method but for awhile it was advised against)
      • You will need to download BIOS Update application. The application will download and install the new BIOS.
    • Within the BIOS
      • Within the BIOS there is an update facility. You will only need the new BIOS. (My BIOS will only update from a USB stick.)
    • From DOS utility
      • Not only will you need to download the new BIOS, you will need to download the flash utility that is designed for the update.
    I recommend updating from within the BIOS (assuming you have this option). Download the new BIOS to a USB stick and then boot into the BIOS. Browse around to find the update facility and the rest is self explanatory.
    BHZ-GTR likes this.
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,195   +105

    Looking here:

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/

    Your motherboard has a bios update feature built in called USB bios flashback.

    Quote:

    "USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. It even works without key components such as the CPU and memory installed. Just plug in any USB storage and push the dedicated button for 3 seconds. The UEFI BIOS is automatically flashed using ATX standby power. Worry-free updating for the ultimate convenience!"


    More strange however is the complete lack of any bios updates or drivers for your motherboard on the official asus site.

    I would do more research first, and if you have no issues with your pc I would not update it at all.

    Bad bios flash = dead mobo.
    BHZ-GTR and cliffordcooley like this.


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