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29-Apr-2007, 12:17 AM #1
How do I update my BIOS?
Okay, i have had my computer since early 2004, and its starting to run slow on games like Battlefield 2 (getting disconnected after loading) and other games, and i have been told that i should update my BIOS, but i havent the faintest clue on what that is, or how i can update it. Can anyone please explain this to me .
edit- I have a windows XP, and a dell dimension 4600, and im looking in my dxdiag, and it says i have Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A09
Dell computer corp. A09 2/20/2004
and my SMBIOS version is 2.3

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29-Apr-2007, 12:31 AM #2
Unless you are trying to fix a problem with hardware incompatibility and for which the motherboard maker / Dell have released a fix specifically relating to the issue, you should not flash the BIOS.

It is certainly not a "recreational activity", it is normally done only when a new Windows version or such things as RAID arrays need to be accommodated, or similar events.

If a BIOS flash goes bad (and sadly a reasonable % do) then often the motherboard can be economically unrepairable, which in a Dell system means a new specific Dell motherboard of exactkly the same model or the installed Windows version will not work, requiring a new copy.

A failed BIOS flash leads to a high expense in other words, so unless you have absolute evidence it is needed, don't go there!
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29-Apr-2007, 12:56 AM #3
do updating bios solve ur problem?

go for updating bios only if ur sure that it will solve ur problem. Read the fixes provided in bios update at ur motherboard manufacturer site. If ur issue is present in what they had listed then go for updating bios

most of the motherboard drivers CD contains "bios updater"

alkos check this
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29-Apr-2007, 09:58 AM #4
Here are the BIOS updates for the 4600.

Click on Dell Dimension System BIOS A10 then scroll down to Fixes and Enhancements and see if any fixes apply to you.

Then click on Dell Dimension System BIOS A12 then scroll down to Fixes and Enhancements and see if any fixes apply to you.

If anything in A10 or A12 apply to your problem, then flash the BIOS with A12. If nothing applies to your problem, then DON'T flash your BIOS.

If you need to flash your BIOS, the instructions are on the page.
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