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post #1 of 10
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I'm wondering how bad it would be to update my BIOS in Asus update.

I've always been cautious of windows-based Bios update programs, and have always flashed using a floppy.

I can no longer find my floppy, and I have no IDE drives/devices on my system (all SATA), nor do I own any (flashcd requires IDE). Consequently, this seems like my only option barring borrowing a floppy from a friend.

I've heard of people turning their PC's into power cycling machines due to it, so are my fears warranted?
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post #2 of 10
Don't you have a USB penstick?

My Asus board has EQ Flash built into it, which can be accessed from the BIOS, and it can pick up BIOS's on a USB stick. Worked perfectly for me three times
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Well if something did happen you always have warranty.

I've flashed bios 3 times in windows and had no issues, however I use a floppy unless I absolutely can't.
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post #4 of 10
I have flashed bios 5 times in my life. Three times with floppy, once it was fine, once it failed horribly for no reason, its on rma now for that. Twice in windows, yesterday with my backup rig with no issues, and once with sig rig and it failed miserably as well(probably due to overclock). Which ever you do makes no difference, but I strongly suggest you kill any program you don't need(virus scan, sound programs, monitoring programs....etc) and make sure that you have set your bios to defaults, NO OVERCLOCK, or you have a good chance of failure. (wish someone had mentioned not to have it overclocked when I did the dfi the first time).
post #5 of 10
I flashed over a 100 BIOS-es (We had to do a major bios update @ work, hehe). I never had issues when flashing via DOS or BIOS programs. I did have a couple of issues when flashing via windows tho (maybe 5 times in total), so I recommend just using a DOS or BIOS-feature update with a USB stick (floppies get borked fast).

P.S. I don't think it really matters if you have an overclock running, since BIOS updating always resets the BIOS settings to default (maybe if you update via windows, but I've never seen one instance when it didn't reset).

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post #6 of 10
I update the BIOS with a USB stick through the update thing in the BIOS.
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post #7 of 10
Most of the time I've update my bios through windows. Once using the built in flasher in bios.
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post #8 of 10
ive updated through windows on my Asus a few times with the asus update thing. Worked flawlessly for me.
post #9 of 10
I've never had any problems with it myself. Updated my bios at least 3 times.
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post #10 of 10
So far I've had no problems updating my BIOS through Windows on this board or my old P5E-VM (or whatever it was called).

If you're worried just use a flash drive as others have said and go through the BIOS to do it.
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