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How hard is it to update BIOS?

post #1 of 11
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I have never updated my bios from day one of owning my PC. I know what model I have, and that is it.

Here is the link of the Gigabyte page: http://gigabyte.com/products/product...pid=3589&dl=1#

How do I find out which version I currently have and how do I install the new version?
post #2 of 11
http://www.wikihow.com/Update-Your-Computer's-BIOS
post #3 of 11
To find out which version bios you have, you can find out either when the computer boots up, or use CPUz and under the mainboard tab it will say which version.

I am not sure of which method is used to flash your board, because there are many different methods. I know asus has what is called easy flash, and you just put the rom file on a USB stick and use the bios to go into easy flash and do that, but I don't know what gigabyte uses for their boards.
post #4 of 11
Some board have a flashing utility in the BIOS (Asus's "EZ Flash" iirc), while other manufacturers have an in-OS BIOS flashing software utility (Gigabyte's is called @BIOS).

With either method it is not difficult at all. You really just select the BIOS firmware file and click flash. Process completes in less than a minute.
post #5 of 11
How you find out what version of bios your running depends on what board you have aswell as when you got it/how old it is. As for flashing a new bios that also depends on your board and to some extent your OS. The most common way to flash a bios is with a bootable usb or bootable cd. Your manufacture should tell you what way they want you to flash that particular board. It would be wise to follow what ever way gigabyte suggests. Also flashing a bios isnt as bad as some say it is, a corrupt bios can be avioded with some common sence, always flash at default bios settings and dont flash in a lightning storm...
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post #6 of 11
I know on my motherboard I can just look at a USB device, HDD, flashdrive, whatever. and then go into the Asus BIOS flash utility in the BIOS and after that it's self explanatory.


easy peasy lemon squeezy
post #7 of 11
Just make sure you backup everthing first.
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Couch Potato View Post
Just make sure you backup everthing first.
Why?

If you screw up BIOS flashing, you bricked your board. There's no going back. Making a backup is useless, because the only time you might need it is also the only time where you can't use it.
post #9 of 11
using a program like @bios to flash the bios has a high chance of bricking the board. Its better to put the bios file on a usb stick and then use the bios updater (on gigabyte boards its called Q-Flash)

@kiwiasian: Would gigabytes dual bios prevent the board from bricking in the event of a bad flash?
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post #10 of 11
Just go to the MB site and put in the model

grab the newest BIOS revision and use one of the many methods explained on the site

Many even have sofware updating ... many say it is no good but they need to get over it

Flawless in my experience and I flash BIOS's on a weekly basis in many different ways including software based
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