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Do I Need To Flash My Bios?


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#1 baso3456

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:09 PM

I was looking at my specs on the emachines manufacturers website and I see they have an update for the bios. Do I need to update if I don't have any problems and how involved would it be if I do need to update- ie. do I lose my data or OS or have to reinstall software?

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:20 PM

I do not recommend flashing the BIOS on any system unless you meet the following conditions:

1) That you have a problem with your computer
2) That you've tried all other means of solving the problem (both software and hardware solutions)
3) That the BIOS flash contains a fix for your problem in the release notes.

If it doesn't meet all of these criteria - then it's too risky to do. The problem with BIOS flashes are that they're EASY....

EASY to do, and
EASY to mess up

Here's some things that can go wrong:
1) pick the wrong flash file = dead computer
2) interrupting the flash
- power problems = dead computer
- pressing keys = dead computer
- kids/animals "helping" = dead computer
3) hardware issues = may be salvageable
4) misreading the instructions = dead computer

And, finally, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Edited by usasma, 25 November 2006 - 12:21 PM.

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 10:09 PM

Thanks usasma. I will leave it alone.




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