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Flashing the BIOS (Biostar TA770)

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Just reading up before I get the rest of my parts later this week. There have been a couple releases, some not so great, but they seem to have the kinks ironed out of the newest BIOS. Anyways.. my question:

Should I flash the BIOS before I put XP on it? I've never flashed one before, and as I understand it, it's completely possible to fry your board. I'll be doing a small bit of OC'ing, probably (try) to bump it up to the 2.6 - 2.8 range.

Im using an X2 4200+ brisbane, so I don't need to worry about the phenom support added in later revisions.
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jdilla.... welcome to OCN!

If you're going to update the BIOS anyway, you could sure do it before your XP install. I have that board, and I flashed the BIOS on mine before I installed the OS.... I used the integrated flash utility in the BIOS a couple of times and it worked with no problems. There is always a potential risk when flashing a BIOS, but if done carefully, it comes out just fine. And some of the earlier BIOSes were lacking, but the newest BIOS (A125) listed on the Biostar Global site seems to work well.

Hope this helps you.... and good luck with the build!
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Originally Posted by jdilla View Post
I've never flashed one before, and as I understand it, it's completely possible to fry your board.
Jdilla, technically speaking nothing will "fry" your motherboard. That's probably impossible to happen. If you decide to turn off your machine or your home looses power during the flashing process then your BIOS will most likely become damaged. When something like that occurs you can RMA the motherboard to the manufacturer for a replacement BIOS.

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