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How do you upgrade BIOS?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 2odd, Mar 3, 2007.

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  1. 2odd

    2odd Thread Starter

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    My computer crashes randomly and when I send an error report, it says consider a BIOS upgrade. If possible, I do not want to pay money. I am looking to download the update and install it myself.

    Here is my BIOS

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    Your BIOS Report Results
    BIOS TYPE: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    BIOS ID: 03/12/2005-SiS-661-6A7I4FK9C
    OEM Sign-On: snc302eeh - 661MXPro BIOS v1.0 (031205)
    BIOS Date: 03/12/05
    BIOS Type: Award
    Chipset: SiS 661 rev 17
    Super I/O: ITE 8705/SiS 950 rev 2 found at port 2Eh
    OS: WinXP SP2
    BIOS ROM Socket: Yes
    BIOS ROM Size: 512K
    Memory Installed: 1280 MB
    Memory Max: 4096 MB
    CPU: Intel Genuine Processor 2933 Mhz

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    I already checked phoenix bios homepage, and for updates they refer you to some site that charges money.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. rodeognome

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    could you post a copy of the error code results - you got sent back?
     
  3. 2odd

    2odd Thread Starter

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    I dont have the error report on my screen anymore so I'm not sure what the error code is
     
  4. norton850

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    Bios updates are almost always free, but I wouldn't do anything until you get the error again and post it here.
     
  5. Old Rich

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    To update the BIOS . . go to the motherboard manufacturers website and download the latest BIOS . . there will be instruction on the website . . they are all free. .
     
  6. Frank4d

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    But first see post #4.
     
  7. 2odd

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    Ok here is the website I found with my updates:

    http://www.foxconnchannel.com/service/downloads.aspx?Model=661MX&DownID=en-us0000003



    What I want to know, is do I have to update my bios with every one of these? Or do I just need to update with the newest one?

    Also I'm not sure what number to put in the "Selected Series" box in the upper left, Does this matter?

    And lastly, I do not have a floppy drive :O, any other way I can install these updates?
     
  8. Frank4d

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    The latest usually includes all updates from previous versions.
     
  9. moozer

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    Why do you need a BIOS upgrade - it's only 15 months old isn't it? Plus I think that's the latest Award version (correct me if I'm wrong)

    Usually a BIOS upgrade is only necessary with really old boards (over 3 years old) - there's never much enhancement - if any at all (IMO)
     
  10. kiwiguy

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    I am with Moozer here, unless we knew the error message, it would be too risky to do a BIOS upgrade on just a hunch.

    You need to realise that if a BIOS upgrade fails (and unfortunately a few % do) it often means the economic end of life for the motherboard. Unless you know exactly what the problem is, and that there has been a BIOS update that specifically corrects it, there is no reason to update the BIOS.
     
  11. win2kpro

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    The age of the board is really not a factor. For instance, boards using the Intel 945G chipset have had 40 BIOS updates since the original BIOS date of May 9, 2005.

    The bottom line is that if a BIOS update does not correct a specific problem you are encountering, then there is no reason to update the BIOS.
     
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