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How to update MSI 880GM-E41 BIOS To unlock cores?

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Okay, Typically I don't ask this question, and I know I will sound like an Idiot for asking this, but How do I update the BIOS On my Motherboard?

Im basically driving blind here so I could use a bit of help, or a tutorial to update the bios, because I feel like this board for some reason, since I can't flash the BIOS through Windows.. - Help!
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There are other ways to flash the BIOS via DOS boot disks, but I haven't tried them or know about them (due to the motherboards I use more often coming from ASUS or GIGABYTE - manufacturers that equip the motherboards with built-in, easy-to-use BIOS flash from USB disk tools). I have no idea though if MSI equips the same kinds of features on their motherboards. You'll have to wait on another member for some specific advice. Also, remember, google (or insert search engine here) is your friend!

However, to unlock the cores of a Phenom II x2 on that motherboard, is something I really don't recommend, due to the limitations of the VRM/power phase system on your motherboard (3+1 phase, and lower-end MSI boards are particularly prone to failure due to low overall quality - as in, catastrophic-failure-prone dangerous if you use a processor with higher power consumption, like a fully-unlocked Phenom II quad core)

EDIT: There seems to be indeed a feature on your motherboard similar to what is found on ASUS & Gigabyte boards, it is called "M-Flash". Use an online search engine to find out more about this tool! What it should do is be able to load a USB flash disk with BIOS file contained, select the file from a graphical-based UI, and take you through the BIOS flash process with little to no interference. With a traditional DOS disk, you may have to run somewhat more complicated commands to flash the BIOS.
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/19/11 at 1:32am
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