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#1 Dialer

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:46 PM

If there's a newer version of my BIOS available, should I update? Or is that something I should do only if there's a major system problem of some kind?

FYI, I run Vista Home Premium on a Dell Dimension C521. BIOS is Dell Inc 1.1.6 04/07/2007, and I found a more recent version on the Dell site.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:19 AM

As you suggested, I would only update my BIOS if I encountered a major system problem. Do so at your own risk. Before installing a BIOS update make sure you have turned off the the virus warning feature as this may block attempts to update/change the BIOS.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:54 AM

This is one of those areas that if it ain't broke don't fix it. The only time that you need to update the BIOS is if you have new hardware that won't work without the update. If you have a problem flashing the BIOS you will wind up without a computer until you either purchase another chip or a new motherboard. I would find out what manufacturer and version you BIOS is before you try anything so that you can purchase another chip if things go south. SIW will show what BIOS you have and what version.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 12:41 PM

All righty, then. No BIOS update for moi! :flowers:

Thanks so much, you two.

Also, thanks for the SIW reminder, dc3. :thumbsup: I forgot that I already had it installed, and its info is much more thorough than Belarc's.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:00 PM

I keep Belarc, SIW, Everest Home Edition, and CPU-Z on my computer or at least the links to them as they each will do something that the others won't do.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:18 PM

I like the way Belarc handles program & MS updates info, but it's not great for system info. I'll look into those other two. Thanks again.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:51 PM

One more quick thing about BIOS updates. If there are several between yours and the current one, it's best to do it incrementally not all at once. As the others stated, don't do it unless you need to
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 01:55 PM

Good hint about the incremental updates, Mark. As I run across them, I guess I'll go ahead and d/l without installing and save them on CD in case I ever need them. Thanks!




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