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#1 lostsoul65

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 03:53 PM

I just spent a grand on building a new computer and someone told me to do a BIOS update which I never done before so what could go wrong and should I do it?



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 03:58 PM

A LOT!!!!  Research it before hand, no question it may be good and needed.  What MB do you have?


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:18 PM

As this is a new computer with, presumably, a new mobo then the BIOS built into it should be fairly current and is unlikely to need updating.

 

However, your first point of call should be the manufacturer's web-site to see if there are any updates and what recommendations they make about them. Usually these updates are released to fix known hardware problems and you only need them if you are having such problems. As an example, they might have discovered a problem with a particular video card being recognised. If your computer is starting and running normally, I wouldn't worry too much. As OldPhil has said, it is an operation that can go wrong.

 

Remember, the BIOS is there purely for starting up the computer and once it has started it plays no further roll. So, if your computer is starting normally, then leave well alone. I think I have only updated a BIOS once and that was because a sound card I fitted called for it before it would work properly.

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:36 PM

After 10 hours of trouble shooting I found out that the Sapphire R7 260x video card was causing my power options to Not work.



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 04:48 AM

What could go wrong is that you brick your motherboard and have to replace it. You should only update the bios if you have a reason to (like some problem that a new bios version fixes)



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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:19 AM

Like I posted earlier do the research, many times a BIOS update is needed for a particular hardware function.  The newer MB boards are much easier to work with than boards of a few years back.  I would inquire too both the board and card venders to see if in fact an update is needed.  I have have items that refused to work before an update that worked perfectly afterwards.

 

An easy read:  http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsb/p/bios.htm


Edited by OldPhil, 21 October 2014 - 11:21 AM.

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