What is Firmware

  NotVeryTechie 15:26 26 Mar 2008

Hi there

Going through the list of drivers available on the Toshiba site for my computer, I found one called Firmware. It won't let me copy it, it wants to instantly install itself. What is Firmware and what does it do?

  ambra4 15:36 26 Mar 2008
  Diemmess 16:56 26 Mar 2008

Your particular firmware will overwrite your BIOS with the latest settings for that precious fundamental chip on the motherboard.

There is a hint of how fraught that action can be, in that it wont allow you to do anything except choose.

Unless your BIOS chip has some malware in it I can't see any advantage in using the facility.
The penalty for getting it wrong could be a useless motherboard.

There must be no interruption during the process.

I have only done this once long ago at a quite different level, when an early CD burner needed a firmaware update (I think) so that it could burn a re-writable disk or respond to some better software.
It succeeded and gave a longer life to the hardware which became obsolete anyway as I discarded SCSI.

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