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!
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.
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.
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!
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.