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How do I go about flashing a BIOS? Yes I am a noob . Also, is it safe? Like is there anything that can go wrong? And if so, does it happen often?

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Is there a reason you are wanting to flash your BIOS? You never need to unless you are having problems or need a new feature. Check what version you have and see what the latest version is. Chances are you don't need it.
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Is there a reason you are wanting to flash your BIOS? You never need to unless you are having problems or need a new feature. Check what version you have and see what the latest version is. Chances are you don't need it.
If you do have a reason for flashing your bios...It is typically done by loading the downloaded bios file onto a floppy, CD/DVD-ROM, or USB Flash drive and using the motherboard's included bios flashing utility during boot. Read the book that came with your motherboard(download the .pdf if book is not available) and it should have steps for flashing the bios. Make sure you load the default bios settings(excluding non-overclocked, manually configured RAM settings) before flashing.

The only problems you can encounter from flashing a bios is from a power failure, hardware failure, or corrupted bios file(flashing utility will usually detect this and prevent you from flashing). Make sure your power supply is uninterrupted and the system should never be powered down or reset during flashing. If you are having hardware problems that cause freezing, crashing, or posting problems...solve those first as a crash can leave your bios incomplete, corrupted, or empty.

If you are still unsure about doing it yourself, take the system to your local computer shop.
   
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O okay got ya. I thought it was something pretty simple. I just thought it helped performance a little. But thanks for the info!
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O okay got ya. I thought it was something pretty simple. I just thought it helped performance a little. But thanks for the info!
Sometimes, if you have an older board, it will add support for newer hardware. It isn't too hard, usually just involves downloading the file from your manufacturer's website, putting on a usb or floppy drive, and rebooting. But it can go screwy and for that reason, it is better not to unless you need it. Some companies like mine have a flasher from inside windows, but I usually don't trust those.
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O okay got ya. I thought it was something pretty simple. I just thought it helped performance a little. But thanks for the info!
Flashing your bios will only help performance if new, usable features are added. Almost every time I flashed the bios of a MB, it was done for compatibility issues or added features to help stabilize the system.
   
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Got ya thanks for the help guys!
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Wel put Dark volker and to all. Ya pretty much featurues or bug fixes possibly. I know some mobo's have a 30 second hang delay , but BIOS flash fixes it. Also like the guru's on here said, do it with your mobo flash util in the BIOS .. This way nothing can go wrong. If your going to flash your video card BIOS , then u would do DOS boot , but clean DOS, no mem loaders or anything.. gl,
    
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Having the most up to date bios for your motherboard can be beneficial in many ways. Can improve performance and fix bugs with prior bios's. I always keep my bios up to date on my machines and there isn't any reason you shouldn't either. Just write it to a cd or thumb drive and make it boot to the appropriate periphial.
    
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