Posted 27 September 2008 - 07:24 PM
BIOS flashes are dangerous. One small mistake (and there's many that can be made) will turn your system into an expensive paperweight.
Should you decide to update the BIOS despite this, there's several things that are very important:
1 ) Ensure that the BIOS flash that you're getting addresses the problem that you're having. Each BIOS update will usually come with a record of the fixes that it will do. If it doesn't apply to your problem, then it's not likely that you need it.
2 ) Ensure that you get the correct BIOS flash file. The incorrect one can hose your system. So, at a minimum, double or triple check that you have the correct file for the correct motherboard (check them both).
3 ) Read through the flash instructions prior to performing the flash - so that you'll know exactly what to expect (and what keys to press). Print the instructions out and have them handy when performing the flash. DO NOT guess at what key you should press - that's a recipe for disaster!
4 ) Ensure that the flash will not be interrupted for any reason what-so-ever. No power surges, no brownouts, no cats/dogs/kids running around the area, etc. It doesn't matter what causes it - if the flash is interrupted, there's a good chance that your BIOS will be hosed.
FWIW - IMO this is either a monitor issue or a video card/driver issue. I would pursue those avenues before attempting a BIOS flash.
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