BIOS updates are rather safe, I have never had a bad flash. With your board, all you need is the BIOS image file on a USB stick or on your drive, perhaps the root of C:\ and use the EZ Flash which does not require a bootable floppy/ CD. The Express Gate is the "mini linux" that laods before OS to give you access to Internet, Skype and such, this also is a good way to "check" the hardware since Windows is not running. The LAN Option ROM you will most probably not use, I would still like to see the board flashed with the latest image file. Let's see how the test goes and how happy you are with performance since the chipset and video driver updates plus the RAM running with relaxed settings. Another short trip to North Carolina tomorrow, might be some time in between replies.