PC BIOS Flash - What method do you use/recommend?

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PC BIOS Flash - What method do you use/recommend?

  1. Bootable Media Using The Motherboard Manufacturer's Flash Utility

    8 vote(s)
    29.6%
  2. BIOS Built-In Update Feature

    4 vote(s)
    14.8%
  3. Motherboard Manufacturer's Windows BIOS Update Utility

    19 vote(s)
    70.4%
  4. Other (Please Give Details.)

    2 vote(s)
    7.4%
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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    PC BIOS Flash - What method do you use/recommend?
     
  2. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    I prefer doing it within Windows or BIOS, because working with a Bootable Media can be a pain.
     
  3. Noob

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    I dont do it unless absolutely necessary or i have spare parts in case something goes wrong. :D
     
  4. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    I don't.
     
  5. Joxx

    Joxx Registered Member

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    I don't
    There's no voting option for me which makes me feel excluded
     
  6. tgell

    tgell Registered Member

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    I had to update a laptop BIOS when upgrading to Windows 7 using HP's own utility. Everything went okay but I made sure UAC in Vista was off and the folder holding the BIOS update files was in the root directory of C:
     
  7. InfinityAz

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    Whichever method you choose, make sure you have the files and method/media to revert to your current and working bios in case something goes wrong (doesn't happen that frequently but it can happen).
     
  8. aztony

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    I've only done it once, to correct a system error on my Win7 desktop whenever the PC was put into hibernation/sleep. I used Dell's BIOS updater, very carefully following all precautionary steps before updating.
     
  9. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

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    Unless the PC has a problem that can only be fixed by updating the BIOS, I leave it alone. The cost of failure is too high if it fails.
     
  10. roger_m

    roger_m Registered Member

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    Unless the power goes off, if you're flashing the correct BIOS then you should have no issues. I killed a motherboard years ago due to flashing the wrong BIOS - I thought I downloaded the right BIOS but it was not due to me having the Pro version of the motherboard which had a different BIOS than for the standard version of the motherboard.

    Anytime since then when I've flashed a BIOS I've never had any issues.

    Having said that, it's kind of pointless to do a BIOS update unless the update fixes specific issues you are experiencing.
     
  11. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I used a Motherboard's Built-In BIOS Update feature for the first time recently. The flash was easy and was successful.

    The reason that I flashed the BIOS is that the motherboard had the first release BIOS and several later BIOS versions mentioned things like fixing stability issues and compatibility issues. I flashed the BIOS before installing the OS.
     
  12. TairikuOkami

    TairikuOkami Registered Member

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    Almost every new BIOS fixes things, they just do not mention, at best they say, that it adds support for the CPU. Using outdated BIOS is no difference to outdated Windows.
     
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