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BIOS update?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by darkelf_18, Dec 2, 2003.

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  1. darkelf_18

    darkelf_18 Thread Starter

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    Hey I have an ASUS A7N8X-X MoBo and I was thinking of updating the BIOS, my questions are as following.

    1. Is updating it dangerous, using the auto update feature? Cause I have a friend who updated his and fried the MoBo in the process.

    2. Is it necesary?

    3. Will it make Overclocking easier? Becase the BIOS setup I have now is not as nice as the one that came with my old Shuttle MoBo.

    Anyway thanks,
    D.E.
     
  2. Kerri Ann

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    i think the only reasons to update the bios is if there has been an update for it that applies to your setup.
    i.e.- you have a faster processor than what the board was originally rated for, and now asus has approved your cpu for that board and added it to the bios. if you don't have that cpu, i see no reason to update the bios...
    what does the description for the updated bios say?
     
  3. imAmushroom

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    If your board is running stable then there is no reason to update.

    And as to if it"s safe? You have got to make sure you are updating the right BIOS

    For ex. he may have had an erlier version MOBO (1.1 for example when he needed BIOS update for version 2.0)

    If you follow this rule updating with Asus auto update is very safe.

    I done it for all the Asus MOBOs I've put in for people (Over 12) and never had a problem.
     
  4. Kerri Ann

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    this is the name of one of the updates for your board. the description says that it enhances system stability.
    this would be the only one i would consider. but like imamushroom said, be sure it is for the version you have.
    also, i'm not sure about what kind of conflicts could arise from having an OCed cpu and updating the bios- there may be nothing to worry about, but i would check it out to be sure.
     
  5. imAmushroom

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    I've not had a problem with OCed CPUs but if you OCed from the BIOS the reset the BIOS settings to the correct ones.

    But as I said I haven't had a problem (there is always a first time though...)
     
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