bios updates

  conrail 21:17 18 Jan 2005

thinking about updating my bios because I understand it will enable larger drives, I have xp pro 80 Gb hd but have been given a 120 GB and 130 Gb drives which would help with the video editing I do, have run a program called everest home edition which enabled me to link to my bios home page, making enquires with then they have offered me a upgrade, their email staes "Based on the technical specifications you had submitted, we have an excellent BIOS Upgrade for your system. We have the brand new Award BIOS for your motherboard. The price is only $29.95 (U.S)." after reading some forums I am not so sure, all advise welcomed

  Computerdope 21:22 18 Jan 2005

first time i`ve heard of paying for an upgrade, usually free of charge from the manufacturer.

also those drives dont sound to big, to run without upgrade.

who makes you mobo?

  TomJerry 21:25 18 Jan 2005

(1) you do not need to upgrade bios, if it can handle 80Gb, then it will be able to handle 120Gb and 160Gb (you need install XP service pack 1 or 2 for 160gb)

(2) if you really want to flash bios, you need to get official bios update from the motherboard's web site, it should be free. I would not touch any hacked bios update which costs money.

  conrail 21:40 18 Jan 2005

mobo is microstar internationsl, there is a lnk to the following page for bios upddates:
click here
would appreciate any help from there are don't want to make a mistake, what do I need to know and where from there

  TomJerry 21:45 18 Jan 2005

(1) just make sure you get model number right

(2) follow the instruction down to the last letter

the instruction is already on the web page you found, read it, do not go anywhere else

if you have to flash bios, use manufacturer's official one, in your case MSI which is one of biggest motherboard makers

  JonnyTub 21:46 18 Jan 2005

The first thing you need to know is as already stated "don't ever pay for a bios upgrade". The second thing is do you really need to upgrade, as tomjerry has already said. Thirdly, if you muck it up, say bye bye mobo!

Now consider, do you really need to flash ?

  greenlamp 21:50 18 Jan 2005

Should only need bios update if a single drives capacity is greater than 136GB, so should be ok for your drives.
However checking motherboard manufacturers for bios updates may indicate other advantages to upgrade.
If there's no great advantage don't bother.

  VoG II 21:54 18 Jan 2005

With respect, you have to know exactly what you are doing. If a BIOS flash goes wrong you will end up with a computer that will not boot. Be careful.

  conrail 22:01 18 Jan 2005

thanks guys, think I will leave well alone, knew if I came to the right place I would get the help needed

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