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I am thinking of upgrading to win XP and ran a upgrade test to see if my computer would handle it and the results were my machine was fine except the Bios would need upgraded, my current Bios date is 1995. I talked to a rep at eSupport and he said that an upgrade would really make a big difference in my computers operation all around, my question is would the performance increase be enough to warrant spending $70.00 on if I don't upgrade to xp. the rep said it would but he is trying to sell it to me. I would like and expert opinion on this, can anyone help?
 
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Can you post the make and model of the pc, or better yet which BIOS version you have ?

Might just be able to flash it, but be warned a bad flash could render the motherboard a paper weight...
 

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Bios date: 07/15/95
Bios type: American Megatrends
Bios ID: 62-0331-009999-00101111-071595-000000-M741LMRT
Chipset: SiS 620 rev 2
 
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I talked to a rep at eSupport and he said that an upgrade would really make a big difference in my computers operation all around,
Well...

I'm not real sure I agree with the tech's statement, I've seen it help, and I've seen it not...

I guess...it all depends on how bad you want XP...

If you want to chance it, and if this is your board, you can get the bios flash here ( remember a bad flash can turn it into a paper weight )...

http://www.pcchips.com.tw/M741LMRT.html
 

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Zookre:

The BIOS software in that computer is really old and should be updated before upgrading to Windows XP. Is it a factory-built brand name model or is it one that was custom built from a "mom and pop" store? A brand name model should have a site with software and hardware updates.

Have you been keeping up with the hardware updates, software updates, and Windows updates?
 

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I really would like to upgrade my machine but I can't afford to turn it into a paper weight. the manufactur is unknown, no names on the case but the belarc advisor says its a pcchips so since I dont know diddley about Bios's I guess I better leave it alone. thanks for the replys guys.
 
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Well PcChips is the manufacture of the motherboard ( where you get the BIOS updates from )...

Most BIOS flashes go smooth ( I just have to warn you of the hazzards involved )...

If you want to spend the $70.00 on an allready flashed/up to date chip, then you can have XP...

My point is...that if you flash the BIOS from the link I provided, and it works, then you don't spend the $70.00...

If you do, and it goes bad, then it is a paper weight, untill you spend the $70.00 to get a new chip, and replace it...
 

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the $70.00 cost is for a floppy disk with the upgrade on it not a new chip so I guess that would be the same as flashing it from the pcchips site only a whole lot more expensive and maybe a questionable upgrade if its just a flash upgrade, so thanks again for your expert opinion. like I said I can't afford to by a new puter so I guess I'll leave the sleeping dog lay.
 
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If the BIOS are from 95 I would really wonder how well XP would run on that system. There isn't much sense in upgrading to XP if it runs like a 3 legged dog on an older system without much horsepower.

There are lots of simple maintance tasks you can do to get a little more out of an older Win 9x system.

Latest and greatest may be nice, but is it always necessary?
 
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