The BIOS is critical to your computer’s proper operation. It’s the first code executed at start-up, and it defines how your motherboard will communicate with the system’s hardware. Flashing the BIOS is not for the faint of heart, but by taking the proper precautions and planning for the worst-case scenario; your chances of a successful upgrade are greatly improved.
10 mistakes to avoid:
- Misidentification of your motherboard make/model/revision number
- Failing to research or understand the BIOS update details
- Flashing your BIOS for a fix that is not needed
- Flashing your BIOS with the wrong BIOS file
- Using an outdated version of the manufacturer flash utility or tool
- Not following or understanding the motherboard manufacturers specific directions
- Flashing your BIOS without an UPS or at higher risk times
- Flashing the BIOS from within Windows with other applications running
- Flashing an overclocked system
- Failing to have a recovery plan if the BIOS flash fails
The above list is just a few things to keep in mind when getting ready to flash your BIOS. Jody Gilbert, Senior Editor at TechRepublic has put up an in depth post that includes photos that you can view here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=357.
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