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Updateing my Bios?

by newell1967 / March 4, 2005 12:39 AM PST

I have a hp Pavilion 7840 766mhz cpu, Trigem Cognac MoBo, I have a PhoenixBios 4.0 release 6.0. I was told that if I update my Bios I should be able to get a 1ghz cpu to work on my MoBo which handles up to 800mhz cpu is this true? I did find an update for my Bios. I downloaded it. When I tried to create my boot disk an error came up. "Disk Initialization Error" error "Disk sector was not found" "Setup cannot properly initialize the disk that you inserted" I'm useing a 3M Double Density 1.0 mb disk. Am I useing the proper diskette? Thanks in advance for any help. westfield, ma

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Don't do it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 4, 2005 4:52 AM PST
In reply to: Updateing my Bios?

The COGNAC board has too many owners posting they wish they had not updated it.

Windows ME has no bearing on your post so I'm going to share that you should not do this for more than a few reasons.


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by newell1967 / March 5, 2005 1:45 AM PST
In reply to: Don't do it.

Ok. Wasn't sure where to put my post but i'll take your advice and not bother to update. Your advice in the past has helped. Thanks westfield,ma

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Don't Dewit
by drill sgt / March 14, 2005 7:19 PM PST
In reply to: Don't do it.

Is that a general statement or just for the COGNAC pcb?
Reason for asking is, is updating the Bios something that is typically done? If so, how? I have a '02 Compaq Presario 5004US, 1.1GHz cpu,512MB,60G HD, Win ME. It's had its share of problems of late, but was curious if Bios update will improve sys. ops? tnx, cya

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That's for the COGNAC based systems.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 14, 2005 9:02 PM PST
In reply to: Don't Dewit

If you dew a little research you find people desperate to go back to some other revision.

I don't see in your post any reason to update the BIOS. But given the age of the system I would power down, remove the cover and clean it out. Dust bunny removal and then power up and see if all the fans are in good working order.


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Cleaning the box
by Aivas / March 15, 2005 5:17 AM PST

Interesting you should mention cleaning the CPU box out. The Langalist monthly column included a long story about vacuuming (carefully!) and cleaning out the dust and crud. It included pictures of 'the dirtiest computer I could find'.

Bob K

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Bios, Cognac, Hard Drive
by bonz / April 1, 2005 6:46 AM PST

I have the same system as newell1967 with the exception that I've upgraded to Xp Pro. I could not find a Bios update anywhere. My question is: Would there be any problems if I used a 160 GB HD even though Bios only sees 137 GB.

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The only problem I found was...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2005 1:08 AM PST

When the person tried to move said 160GB drive from the machine with the old BIOS to a new machine. The contents vanished. They didn't move the drive back and began trying data recovery software which removed any easy possibility of saving their files.

This was their lesson about backup.


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