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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mwave, Nov 23, 2003.

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  1. mwave

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    How do I tell what BIOS version I have in my PC? I am running NT. Also How do you flash the BIOS? and Why? Can you help me with these questions. Thank you.:)
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    You will get more accurate assistance if you will tell us the name brand of your PC.
     
  3. mwave

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    I have a DELL Optiplex GX1.
     
  4. Triple6

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    Any particular reason you want to update the BIOS? A bad flash will render your computer dead and a good flash may offer you no benefits at all.

    A place to visit would be Dell's website for you specific Optiplex GX1 model - they will have the BIOS updates, flash utility, and
    instructions.

    The bios version is displayed when teh computer first starts up on the DELL post screen. You may have to press ESC ot TAB to see more info during the POST.
     
  5. mwave

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    I am trying to find out about BIOS for a test. Thank you for the site info.
     
  6. cnimbus

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    This might also help:

    - Look at the BIOS banner on the screen during bootup, as Triple 6 suggested. In addition to all the other info, there is usually a long alphanumeric string separated by periods. This is an Intel BIOS version ID string (Dell motherboards are OEMed from Intel). Note that the BIOS images available on Intel's website should NOT be used in Dell systems.

    - Look in the CMOS setup screen. Most Dell's provide at least some BIOS version info here.

    - Use a software utility to show the BIOS version. The DOS version of Hwinfo works quite well for this. The Microsft Diagnostic Utility (MSD) will often provide some additional BIOS info. Both are best run after booting from a floppy. Hwinfo also provides a lot of other hardware details.

    These utilities will also show the core BIOS OEM, version and release date, usually Phoenix for the Dell systems.
     
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