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BIOS version cannot be right?

by Ammad Naeem / May 20, 2016 8:37 AM PDT

I own a Dell Vostro 460 and the BIOS version acording to msinfo and Dell system checker is A08. However the only available BIOS version for download on the dell website for the Vostro 460 is the A06. I don't understand what is going on?

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Clarification Request
Why change the BIOS?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2016 9:10 AM PDT

It's rare to update a bios. Let's hear what's causing you to look for this.

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CPU Upgrade
by Ammad Naeem / May 20, 2016 9:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Why change the BIOS?

I just bought a i5 3570k (yes the socket does match the motherboard) and when I put it in and turn the PC on, the screen says there's no input display. When I use my old processor however, the PC works fine. So I'm guessing that maybe I need a BIOS update?

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Is this that 2011 Dell?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2016 10:20 AM PDT
In reply to: CPU Upgrade

Time to call Dell to ask.

Remember it's more than a socket to match and Dell is under no obligation to add more CPU model support.

-> Why do this? Gaming? For that we upgrade other things.

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just not compatible
by renegade600 / May 21, 2016 12:16 PM PDT
In reply to: CPU Upgrade

motherboards are not always compatible even if the socket matches. If there is no bios update, then there is nothing you can do. as far as having a newer bios version than what is available online - sometimes there are minor feature updates in the hardware of newer models of the same computer. the newer bios would not be compatible with the older models so it is not available to download to prevent inexperienced users bricking their older computers.

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Clarification Request
Dell support
by Willy / May 20, 2016 10:45 AM PDT

If you're going to do any bios updates, its best to leave the PC as it was build. Proceed to the Dell support website and using your service tag#, enter it and then its at the right support webpage. The data there is the most current and dealing with bios, what's there is it. I wouldn't push it or go elsewhere, because that's the best info to have. No matter what other info you find, if you bios update wrongly, you're creating a "brick". Also, I strongly urge you to review the exact instructions if you proceed and print them out. Also, don't do any online bios updates. If you bios update and it all works, 100% then go and swap cpus out. Of course, the new cpu MUST be supported even if the bios update was done, there is a limit of cpu supported. To correctly ID the right as well the proper cpu class & type, the cpu makers usually supply that data, so review it. Use CPUID pgm. to quickly ID a cpu. Alas, its maybe better to totally remove cpu in hand and wipe compound to read the stock# which is the absolute solid way to ID any cpu chip.

tada -----Willy Happy

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