Updating the BIOS and feeling nervous

  Fateful Shadow 17:24 13 Jun 2004

As the title says, I'v been given a program to execute from Windows to update the BIOS from a Compaq/HP specialist. Now I'm not doubting him, but is there anything I have to do apart from double clicking on the icon and saying 'OK,' because I'm nervous that I'll get a laptop that'll stop working!

Any ideas? Thanks :)

  Fateful Shadow 17:38 13 Jun 2004

I'm confused...I don't even know what 'flashing the BIOS' means and I don't know how to do it or if the program does it!

  eljanno 17:58 13 Jun 2004

What's wrong with it? you have to be sure of what your doing in the BIOS, if its not broke dont fix it.

  neghness 18:07 13 Jun 2004

exactly as eljanno says, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. as long as your comp is working fine, with no probs, then you have no need to update your bios really. but if you really you really need to, enlist the help of a friend who knows what to do, so that you have someone else to blame when things go wrong.

Unless your computer is a basket case - Don't flash the BIOS. If you do, back up all your essential data first.

  Mikè 18:47 13 Jun 2004

Even if you do back up all your data, you could still end up with a broken laptop. Why do you want to flash the BIOS.

  Totally-braindead 18:50 13 Jun 2004

I totally agree with the others, about the only time its necessary to flash the Bios is to make it possible to upgrade to a faster CPU. I've done it twice now but wouldn't have attempted it without a motherboard that has dual Bios. My Gigabyte board has dual Bios basically it has 2 Bios, if when you upgrade something goes wrong it falls back on the backup. Without this I wouldn't attempt it. If it goes wrong you'll end up with a very expensive paperweight.

  Valvegrid 19:29 13 Jun 2004

Tut, tut, bad move, you could end up in the ranks of "Andy of the empty computer" one of the IT specialists at work who did just that and emptied his computer, completely, nothing, not a jot, not even a cursor, so you can guess, he took some stick over that!

  VoG II 19:32 13 Jun 2004

How many times have we seen "I flashed my BIOS ... computer won't boot...".

As above, DON'T. Especially if you don't know what "flashing the BIOS" means!

  Graham ® 19:39 13 Jun 2004

Yes indeedy! I had a perfectly good Win 98 PC, put a USB card in, but it didn't work. 'You need to flash the BIOS' someone said. It now just sits on the desk and sulks.

  Bowsprit 20:04 13 Jun 2004

If everything goes wrong and your Bios chip is in a socket on the motherboard,not soldered, you can remove it send away to a company and they will flash the latest Bios onto it and return it to you.I have seen it advertised but can't remember the cost it was somewhere between £15-£25.Not very well up on this flashing but i think that's what the advert was about.

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