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Best Bios for XP Media Edition 05 - please help!!!

by horussemerkhet / October 9, 2005 3:59 AM PDT

I am running on an Asus p4p800 se board with a 3.06 processor, a gig of ram, ect.

I am about to wipe my system and install Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. I see a lot of sites packaging my processor and board together with Xp Media Edition both 04 and 05 and they're on the market right now. I've never updated my bios since I got the system last winter and I am concerned over making sure I have the correct bios version for this board. The issue is that Asus will not advise me on this at all and unless I'm buying one of the packaged systems on these sites, no one wants to talk to me.

Does anyone know which bios version I should be using for the new OS?

Also, does anyone have or know of a flash utility that I can use to update my bios with? The program on the Asus site seems to require the use of an old A drive and I built this system without an A drive.

Thank you for any help any of you can provide!

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Unless you have a specific need...
by thought_stazi / October 9, 2005 4:47 AM PDT

The BIOS is something best left alone. It's only really used to boot the system anyway. After that, it's simply too slow to be of any use for programs, so Windows will tend to bypass it as much as possible.

So unless there's some reason your board's BIOS has to be updated, leave well enough alone.

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asus frightened me
by horussemerkhet / October 9, 2005 5:05 AM PDT

asus doesn't support my board for media edition even though so many companies are selling it with that os, so i was concerned i needed to use some augmented bios or new bios version to run mce...

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by thought_stazi / October 9, 2005 6:45 AM PDT
In reply to: asus frightened me

There's really no significant differences between XP proper and MCE. It's purely a software thing. MCE has software for doing more home theater type things, XP proper doesn't.

Most of the MCE support stuff is just a marketing gimick designed to sell more expensive stuff. Sometimes it's to indicate small form factor designs in hardware, but that's for add-on cards.

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