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#1 shinmarwan

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:44 PM

hi there

i want to update my bios ( i have asrock motherboard N68-VS3 FX ) and i am a gamer who interested in performance

i have bios ver 1.20

can i use the last bios update 1.70 ? or i have to download all the previous updates first

what i mean is the update cumulative ??

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:05 PM

You only have to update the BIOS if you have a problem with the machine. I wouldn't advise you to update the bios becaause you only update the bios if you have a instability problem that warrants a BIOS flash or installed newer hardware that supports the mother board but its unable to boot with the newer hardware

For example

I bought a newer CPU (AMD 6100FX) with a newer motherboard socket AMD 3+ but when i installed it it didn't boot up because the CPU was newer than the manufacturer motherboard bios so that warrants a BIOS update.

I look up your board and you have some newer versions of the bios but the current bios only improve windows 8 compatibility.

The bios is a cumulative update

you have to read the documentation for the exact BIOS version because you cant really tell what changes in these updates

BIOS updating can be risky because if you have experience a power issue or event your computer can become a paper weight

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:10 PM

No the updates are cumulative. However are you prepared to take the chance that a bad BIOS update flash may kill the motherboard? The only time I've updated is for a Toshiba BIOS problem and to allow using a better CPU. Even then I was prepared to have to replace the Motherboard.

From the Asrock BIOS page

Please read below information before download or update BIOS
We don't recommend users to update BIOS while the system is running well. For any damages caused by improper operation of downloading or updating BIOS, ASRock® assumes no responsibility. Before you download or update the BIOS, please read below " (How to Update)" carefully.


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#4 shinmarwan

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

ok i understand now

will not update because i cant risk

thank you all

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:01 PM

I'm sorry to disagree, but for the most part bios updates are indeed cumulative. And while there is some level of risk when updating a bios, it really is not a frequent occurrence. I've read of bad results, but never seen one - and I've done literally scores of flashes on dozens of systems over the years. And most newer systems have a means of rolling back bios updates - even if they go bad (though not ALL systems).

Having said all that, unless you have a specific need or reason to update a bios you really shouldn't.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

Allan, I apologize, You are right. I meant that you only need to do the latest Bios updates. I'm going back and editing it now for the future. Some sort of mental brain block, I knew what I meant and type it wrong.

I have seen people that blew the motherboard in the past with bad flashes for various reasons. I've flashed a lot where I wanted to use a better CPU for example.

I had a Motherboard someone tried to flash and failed. The recovery bootblock that was supposed to let you repair never worked. It would access the floppy and not update. With no video it was hard to tell what was happening.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:56 AM

so i have to download all of them ? and not the last one only ?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

They ARE cumulative. You need only the most recent update.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:43 AM

As Allan said I meant to say they are cumulative but typed not cumulative. :oopsign:

Being human has its drawbacks, sometimes my thoughts outrun my typing skills.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:50 PM

They ARE cumulative. You need only the most recent update.


please wait

isn't "cumulative" mean that you need all the updates from 1.2 to 1.7 ??

i am sorry i am arabic and my english is not very well

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

Cumulative means that all the changes from earlier updates are included. Thus Bios 1.7 would have all the fixes from 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 included in it.

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 07:45 PM

Cumulative means that all the changes from earlier updates are included. Thus Bios 1.7 would have all the fixes from 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6 included in it.

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thanks a lot :thumbsup:




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