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BIOS When to Update/Upgrade

by jkwilly / October 20, 2006 1:31 AM PDT

Good Day,
I have the following system. Being a novice at best I have a question about the BIOS.
I've recently requested information about my systems BIOS and for $30.00 I can have it upgraded Is this normal to be charged? How often do you update your BIOS? Thanks in advance for your time.

Emachine's T6524 AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.19 GHz / 2GB DDR /A WDC 200GB HDD/ Dual Layer DVD

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by colbox98 / October 20, 2006 1:58 AM PDT

The $30 seems like a lot of money to spend on something you don't really need. I would go to the manufacturer?s website for your mother board and see if they have an update for your particular motherboard/BIOS. It is usually as easy as downloading the file, putting it on a disk, and installing it. And you can do all that for free.

Personally I do not mess with my BIOS unless I have a reason too. I am more from the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of thought. It is always possible for things to go wrong while updating your BIOS and this can leave your machine unusable.

So to make a long story short, unless you have a reason to update your BIOS, I would probably leave it alone and save your money. But others may disagree...

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by jkwilly / October 20, 2006 6:26 AM PDT
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Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'm not having any issues with my system I just wanted to chech with the masses about the BIOS. Thanks again,

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BIOS upgrade info...
by Rick_c / October 20, 2006 2:04 AM PDT

Alot of places on the web will charge for the new version, yes. But be forwarned, upgrading your Bios can be a tricky thing, and sometimes very costly. One wrong move while attempting to flash a new bios can render your machine into a very expensive paperweight.
Every so often, Award, Pheonix or whoever the creator is will release a newer version to accomodate new technologies, or correct certain system errors. My best advice in this would be read up all you can on what the new changes or corrections are in the new version, and evaluate if they actually would make a difference in what you use your computer for. Other than that, as the old saying goes ''if it ain't broke, don't fix it.''

Hope that helps,

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by jkwilly / October 20, 2006 6:34 AM PDT
In reply to: BIOS upgrade info...

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Yeah the BIOS is an area that I stay clear away. I'm not having any issues with my system just wanted to make sure after talking to the masses. Thanks again


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(NT) (NT) I'll Agree With The Rest.. If No Problems.. Leave It Be
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 20, 2006 2:16 PM PDT

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