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Well my P5N32E SLI won't let me up the VCore because I have the 0602 BIOS. I want to upgrade to 1103, but don't want to accidentally ruin my motherboard just because of a BIOS flash. Is it an extremely low chance for me to screw up the flash?

And I currently can't find my USB drive, and I don't have a floppy drive, so can I just update the BIOS through windows or through a CD?
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You'll probably need floppy/usb... and as long as you download the right motherboard's BIOS, it's not very risky at all unless you turn the computer off mid-flash
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Well my P5N32E SLI won't let me up the VCore because I have the 0602 BIOS. I want to upgrade to 1103, but don't want to accidentally ruin my motherboard just because of a BIOS flash. Is it an extremely low chance for me to screw up the flash?

And I currently can't find my USB drive, and I don't have a floppy drive, so can I just update the BIOS through windows or through a CD?
Try using WinFlash It works through windows and there is less risk
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Does anyone have the link to the 1103 BIOS? I'm looking through Google and can't find it.
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you MAY be able to do it through windows, check out the mother boards website.

as far as i know, you cant do it through a CD.

i recommend putting your PC on a battery backup if you are worried.
the flashing process only takes about 30 seconds, and i have done it about 5 times, all successfully. But if the power dies or something strange happens, you could kill your motherboard.
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post #6 of 25
Go to Asus's website? Didn't know they had 1103 yet, last I saw was 1102~
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Well going from most risky it would be any windows app, first asus then winflash (allthought winflash is pretty good) then floppy/usb and finally cd/dvd.
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by coltsrock View Post
Try using WinFlash It works through windows and there is less risk
There is more risk actually through windows.

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Originally Posted by Akatsuki No Tobi View Post
Does anyone have the link to the 1103 BIOS? I'm looking through Google and can't find it.
Go to ASUS website and support and download latest bios.

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Well going from most risky it would be any windows app, first asus then winflash (allthought winflash is pretty good) then floppy/usb and finally cd/dvd.
Basically put the bios on a CD / DVD / Floppy / Flash drive.. What I do is I have a SD card and a usb adapter that the computer reads as removeable drive. I put bios on there and if you have AWARD Bios you can go to bios and there should be an option to flash it. Use it
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post #9 of 25
I've used Asus's Update software to flash my BIOS several times. It's a really fast process so I personally think the risk is minimal- It was faster flashing it through windows than it was the one time I did it using a floppy. The quicker the process, the less time for something to go wrong.

Just don't touch your computer once you start the update procedure and make sure nothing is running that would mess it up.
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post #10 of 25
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Try using WinFlash It works through windows and there is less risk
As Fishie said...it is risky to do a bios flash through windows. I used winflash and screwed up. Winflash stopped responding mid-flash. When I tried re-flashing, it said I had the wrong bios

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