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How do you update your BIOS??

by lowewilliamcou812 / April 13, 2006 4:36 AM PDT

I've been told that problems I've been experiencing since installing SP2 may be the result of a BIOS which needs to be updated.

But how do I do that?


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go to your motherboard manufacturer
by Gakada / April 13, 2006 4:40 AM PDT

website.. and look for BIOS update.. and information on how to do it..

BEWARE!!... if you fail .. your motherboard is dead... and you have to bring it to the shop.. or you may need to replace it..

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I "follow the instructions."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2006 4:49 AM PDT

I also "know" its the right one or I don't do it.

-> Knock wood... never lost a board yet.


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I've discovered it may be a power down issue.
by lowewilliamcou812 / April 15, 2006 3:49 AM PDT

I have read the documentation you sent a link for the other day. I'm not an expert but it seems from the description of problems that my system is not powering down.
My bios is from American Megatrends but I can't slow the the initial information which pops onto my screen when I start the system. I'm suppose to get the numbers and codes to identify the motherboard. How do I stop, or slow down, the information on my screen on start up? and, what should I do if this doesn't fix the problem of no shut down and no drag and drop ability?
Thanks W

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by joesmithers06 / April 13, 2006 5:48 AM PDT

These days, all the BIOS does is just kickstart the operating system. After that, it's far to slow to be of any use to the operating system, so it's bypassed.

The BIOS still does control a few things, but only things that operate independently of the operating system. So the CPU clock and the various system buses for example.

Given that any small glitch in the update process for your BIOS could result in a dead motherboard, I tend to leave well enough alone. If this is in relation to your problem with the system not shutting down, I don't think it has much to do with the BIOS. Especially if it worked before installing SP2. Fact is, a lot of name brand computers ship with motherboards that have some rather dodgy parts in them, and power management features are among the most common to fail or be otherwise problematic. If that's the case, you can update the BIOS until the end of time and it won't change anything.

Moral of the story here: Updating your BIOS isn't something to be undertaken lightly. It should be among your last resort options, as the risks associated with it are high.

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go to the source
by linkit / April 13, 2006 7:50 AM PDT

If I built the computer myself, I download and install the BIOS update the motherboard manufacturer's website.

If the machine is from a major mfg like Dell, HP, Toshiba, etc., I download the BIOS update from that manufacturer's website.

As stated earlier, follow the instructions EXPLICITLY.

About your specific problem, downloading and installing the latest DRIVERS from the computer manufacturer's website may fix your problem.

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Thanks for the help!
by lowewilliamcou812 / April 14, 2006 5:55 AM PDT
In reply to: go to the source

Hi Thanks for the advice.

I have been doing some reading on the issue and it seems the problem is more a "powering down" problem than a "shut down" problem. I've also noticed, just about two hours ago, that the "drag and drop" ability has ceased to function and the system hangs when I try to drag and drop anything.

Tahnks for your help!!

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