I have a new BIOS update ready to install. The instructions with it are simple enough to follow except one thing, it asks me to unzip the bios update folder into a new folder on the 'E' drive on my laptop, the 'E' drive on my laptop is the DVD-ROM/DVDRW Drive. Do you think it means my recovery partition drive which is 'D' or maybe something else ?
One word of caution, make sure it's the right BIOS for your motherboard. BIOS updates are not like other updates, if you flash the wrong one you may not be able to recover from it and end up with a pile of junk instead of a working computer.
If something goes wrong or the BIOS file is for the wrong motherboard you may not be able to restore the old version. I would recommend you only update the BIOS if you really need to, to get a piece of hardware or something to work properly for instance, I wouldn't recommend doing it just for the sake of it.
Agree with 'ardubbleyu' most if not all modern motherboards these days make flashing the bios pain free. On older boards it might be a little more tricky but no big deal. Provided you have the correct bios for your board and you follow installation instructions I say go for it.
I would agree with what ardubbleyu says, my mobo is an ASUS and updating the BIOS is a simple affair, the ASUSUpdate program does the job for you from within Windows. If things go wrong rebooting with the ASUS disk that came with the mobo in the DC/DVD drive will restore the BIOS if corrupt.
The problem is BEARBEE isn't sure what the update process is on his/her machine, updating the BIOS from DOS can be a more complicated process than doing it through Windows.
If you're intent on doing it BEARBEE make sure you know exactly how to go about it, and more importantly how to recover from a failed attempt, I would also advise recording all your BIOS settings prior to the upgrade, either by writing all settings down or taking a photo (I used my phone camera) of every screen in the BIOS. After the update you may have to reset the CMOS settings if defaults aren't used.