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Should I update my bios

By gubar
May 14, 2007
  1. Hi all,

    keep my drivers up to date, but after just using everest for the first time I noticed my bios is 6 years old (I use an old socket A MSI motherboard).

    Should I update this, and what are the risks involved? Some of the sites I found about it gave mixed advice on what to do, and what it can do if it goes wrong.

    cheers,

    s
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Unless you`re having problems or there`s a specific reason to update your bios, don`t do it.

    If it aint broke, don`t fix it. ;)

    Regards Howard :)
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

  4. Aolish

    Aolish TS Enthusiast Posts: 216

    That saying couldn't be more true: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
     
  5. gubar

    gubar TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 130

    I'm having a lot of game crashes. Fine for a while after my clean install, now it's happening again. Ruling out drivers and spyware etc, I thought of the bios.

    Is it likely to be that?
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Can you explain what you mean by game crashes? As many details as possible, will help us to help you.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    If the same games ran fine before, then it probably isn't the BIOS.
    With a mobo this old, the capacitors may be dead and that can cause a lot of instability and slowdowns.
     
  8. gubar

    gubar TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 130

    Half life 2 crashes to desktop all the time (sometimes with the message about "memory could not be read"), Stalker too (sometimes with the bug-delivery message about an illegal operation - the game's own x3da error screen), crashes 75% of the time when I render with Lightwave. Rarely blue screens - with games, I'm playing one minute, then a stutter, then I'm on the desktop.

    I close as many background applications as I can, all the games are patched (and have tweak applied re crashes - ie, added "-noprefetch" to Stalker).

    It was fine until recently. I've added new memory but it's made no difference. Tried different drivers, taken off all the overclocking. Removed all spyware.

    As the last poster said, the computer is getting old, so maybe it's just packing in. Shame since it still runs pretty much any game I want it too as long as I'm not too ambitious with the settings.

    regards,

    g.

    I've recently added the Java run time environment, and Microsoft Network framework - would that have anything to do with it. I also run norton - I know everyone hates it, but I've had it for ages and it's never caused trouble with games.

    If anyone's got any ideas I'd be grateful,

    regards,

    g
     
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    As Nodsu suggested, it may be a mobo problem with the capacitors. Checkout this article HERE.

    I also suggest to take a look at this thread HERE and see if it helps.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  10. gubar

    gubar TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 130

    Thanks,

    I'll try giving it a good clean first, and check the capacitors while I'm at it.

    regards,

    g
     
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