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Q: Solved: updating bios without windows

hi guys,

i have a toshiba l300 satellite pro that wont start up in xp home
it starts and then bluescreens quickly

i backed up and started reinstalling xp...when it gets to starting windows in the blue
setup screen it stop errors with code 00000007b

i looked up the error code and microsoft had a few different solutions pertaining to this code
but there was one about xp setup

and they recommended upgrading the bios
i checked the bios on the laptop and it was 1.7

and the latest i downloaded was 2.7 or something like that
but its a windows file
how am i ment to upgrade a bios if i cant boot into windows?

any info please

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A: Solved: updating bios without windows

L300-xxxx? please post the complete model number.

thanks

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I have a Biostar A770 A2+ motherboard, and I need to update the BIOS so it can run with my phenom processor. I put the bios update on my floppy (the file type is .BS), but whenever I run the update it says "load disk failed!!" after a couple bars of progress for the loading. I've been working on this for a couple of days and I can't find a solution.
 

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I'm not sure if this is a good idea because on Acer's website it says:

"Updating an incorrect BIOS may cause harm to your system. We recomend that you only do this after being instructed by one of our Customer Care representatives. By using these updates you agree to accept the possibility of product failure."

but I am told that I should update to prevent lag in games (have good enough specs to run games but lag anyway) so I'm not sure how to update bios at all the only thing i have managed to do so far is download a DOS flash and a Windows flash for the 1.20 update. I'm not even sure which one to use or what program to use to run them so can someone please help me? I've heard i'm supposed to use a program called "winphlash" for an acer computer but the ones that I have looked at are only for these Operating systems : 2K/XP/2003

Please help!

Specs:
Intel Core i7 2ghz (turbo boost up to 2.9ghz)
Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GT 540M (1760MB)
8GB RAM
750 GB harddrive
Motherboard is Acer v1.05
Operating system: windows 7 home premium service pack 1 - 64bit
 

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Can somebody please give me advice on how to update my Bios?

I have a Gigabyte GA-8IRX motherboard.

General Mainboard (motherboard) Information :
Manufacturer : Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. (Gigabyte)
Product : 8IRX
Version : 1.x
Serial Number : Unspecified
Support MP : Yes, 1 CPU(s)
Version MPS : 1.4

General Bios Information :
Manufacturer : Award Software International, Inc.
Version : 6.00 PG
Date : 28 November 2001
Address : 0xE000 on 512 KB
Copyright : Copyright (C) 1984-2001, Award Software, Inc.
Motherboard ID : 11/28/2001-8IRX-6A69VG0PC-00
OEM Signature : Intel 845 AGPSet BIOS for 8IRX F4 MS
DMI Version : 2.3

(info got from PC Wizard 2006)

Thanx for all help.

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Intel Northwood P4, 1.6GHz
512MB RAM
Gigabyte GA-8IRX Motherboard
Western Digital 30GB: WDC WD300BB-00CCB0
Seagate Barracuda 250GB: ST3250824A
NVIDIA GeForce FX5700LE
LG DVD writer: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-416B
Windows XP Pro. SP2
 

A:Solved: Help updating Bios please.

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Hello everyone,

today i need help to update my bios. i recently reformatted my hard drive and install windows xp but the computer kept freezing up and when i checked the error log it was an acpi error. (writing illegal IO port address or something) so i read a lot and they said either update the bios or reinstall it as a standard pc which disables the acpi thing. so i did that but it still freezes up. (ie listening to music in windows media, maximize IE screens, etc.) i know it isnt a cooling problem as my system has plenty of cooling fans and the cpu runs at 28-34* celcius. (PIII 600 mHz) so i decided to update the bios now. i have to go get the update file from biostar, but i still need the flash thing (i think biostar might have that) and i need to know how to make a bootable floppy (or exact process for all of this). please help me.
 

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I have recently had a problem where i needed to update my BIOS, i was wondering how i got about doing this.

I have an ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard, but when i went to download the BIOS it made me download a 500k file called 0703.bin, now i dont have a clue where to save this file. Any ideas?
 

A:Solved: Updating BIOS

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my BIOS is pretty old. i have an ABIT BH6 mobo. the BIOS hasn't been updated since 5/1999 so i finally decided to update it. i downloaded the most recent versions from ABIT. i followed all the directions given on their "how to" page how to update . problem is it doesn't work. after i put in the command "a:\>awdflash BH6_SS.BIN ..." to flash the BIOS it tells me that the BIN file doesn't match my BIOS ID when in fact they do match. i doubled checked using the sandra system info and compared it to ID when i boot up. i don't want to d/l the BIOS files from somewhere i'm not familiar with. if the files on ABITs mirror don't work where else can i get them? does anyone have any other suggestions?? thanks in advance.
 

A:[SOLVED] problems updating BIOS

FYI
There are two bios versions of the BH6 1.0 and 1.01. To know for sure you'll have to remove the motherboard. The sticker is on the last or bottom (black) isa slot. Stupid place to put it, but that's where its located.

I wouldnt go by what sandra says. Always look at the board, you cant go wrong there.

Always be sure its the correct bios. If you flash it with the wrong bios it will be nothing more than a paperweight.

I hope this helps you out and gets you the correct bios version.

Any other questions post back.

Good luck!
TC
Rockinmale
 

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If it matters, I have an Alienware M17x R3. Anyway, I was having some troubles with my laptop recently, so I decided to reinstall Windows. After starting it back up, the screen was a lot dimmer than it normally is, even on max brightness. So I tried updating my BIOS to see if that would fix anything and I received the following error message when I launched the updater.

Failed to Retrieve system BIOS information.
BCPSYS block signature was not found.
Error code: -100

Also, the version of BIOS I have right now is A02, where as the latest is A07. So do any of you have any idea how I could get around this problem?

EDIT: I was able to update the BIOS, the problem was that the version I was downloading was for the R1, not the R3. For whatever reason the Dell website had it listed under the same thing, even though they're completely different. Anyways, I did get the BIOS for my laptop and it installed fine. So the initial problem is fixed, however I'm still having problems with the brightness. Any clues as to what might be causing it?
 

A:Solved: Updating BIOS failed

A BIOS should be updated only when the update specifically states that it will correct the problem you are experiencing.
Updating the BIOS blindly in the hope that it might fix the problem is never a wise move considering that a bad BIOS update can turn your expensive PC into a dead brick.

There are no settings in the BIOS which have anything whatsoever to do with the display brightness so I'm not surprised it didn't change anything.

It is more likely to be caused by a bad/corrupted graphics driver or a faulty hardware problem (the screen, or a component it relies on).
 

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so if   i wanted to  upgrade my pc bios menu and  it has it for windows 7 and windows 8 my computer was windows  7 that's what it came with but then i  upgraded to   windows 10 with the free thing   that you got 

A:updating bios windows 10 help

Bios upgrades can be risky I would advice against it, if you do it wrong say good bye to the motherboard. If you must do it make sure you get the latest and correct version for your motherboard.

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This is an old HP PC I have recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7 and I have to say it has never run better

I have an ASUSTek A7N8X-LA motherboard with ver. 3.05 BIOS and an AMD Athlon™ 2600+ processor

I want to upgrade to the latest BIOS that supports SSE2 instructions (for game playing purposes), however, I have run into a snag that the most recent BIOS ver 3.21 is still only XP compatible. Neither ASUS or HP are willing to provide any free support.

This is somewhat frustrating as the BIOS in situ appears to be the original 2003 version. I could have easily updated this to the latest version before I upgraded the OS to Windows 7, but now it is to late.

Q. Dare I use the XP BIOS and what steps can I take to protect against permanent disaster if things go wrong?

Can anyone advise me please?

A:Updating BIOS on Windows 7 PC

<<...but now it is to late.>>

Why?

There is no direct upgrade path from XP to Win 7...so installing Win 7 had to leave the XP install intact, if you used the upgrade version of Win 7.

If it's an HP system, you should have recovery/restore disks that would allow reversion to XP. At that time, the BIOS update could be done...but if that update only supports XP...I don't see what is gained...unless you just run XP.

Sounds to me like a new motherboard/CPU/RAM combo is needed here, not an updated O/S. It's hard to bring computer technology from over 8 years ago...into 2011 performance/capabilities, IMO.

Louis

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I'm trying to update my ASUS bios, while I don't know what version it's on I just want to make sure it's on the most recent version from this site:

http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=M4A78LT-M LE&os=22

So I downloaded it and it was just a zipped .rom file. I looked it up on google and how to use it to update and I started getting results for asus update utility, people saying use it, others saying don't use it, some saying you have to 'flash' it? What does that mean? Others saying you need to use a floppy, but I don't have a floppy drive and they don't really explain what to do with it.

The ASUS website has no mention of any of this stuff. Only download links, not what to do with them.

I thought this would be a bit easier than it is I guess. Can anyone please help me?
 

A:Solved: Help updating my ASUS bios? So confusing!

Just remember one thing, if it isn`t broke, don`t fix it.
 

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I have downloaded the bois from the lenovo official site. But when I am updating its show the error message not for this notebook . I have lenovo g500s laptop .other people also facing same issue for the same laptop .please help ...Thanks in advance...











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A:Lenovo g500s bios updating problem. While updating...

Pan761,
 
The correct version of BIOS update has been just released - BIOS Update for Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit)
 
Now there should be no problems with it's  installation.
 
Regards,

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Okay so I'm having some problems with a computer my mom brought from her uncles. I'm not gonna give the whole story but he gave this computer to my mom and she doesn't want it.

First, I want to say that this computer has the Windows 8 beta on it as its only OS. It's very clunky and full of bugs and whatnot and I want it off so I'm putting windows 7 on it and erasing everything on it. This shouldn't be a problem for these forums since everything I"m having problems with has nothing to do with the OS. Besides installing.

Now, basically this computers main parts are better than my own (it's not that great anyway) It's motherboard is x65 bit, it had 2 gb 800 mhz ram (my computer had the same amount but only 667mhz) it's processor is 3.00 GHz (mine is 2.3 GHz)

So basically it's a better computer for the main parts. I've not looked at the PSU but I'm sure it's better aswell. The only thing that isn't better is the graphics card. It's a 7 series while mine is a 9.

So, basically I want to put the best of my computer to this better one. Mine feels newer (since I keep it dusted so it sounds really smooth, while this one sounds a bit old. But either way I want to install windows on it. The only problem is that the BIOS is inoperable. When loading into the BIOS the keyboard no longer seems to work. Its light go off. But every once in a while on trying, I can get it into the boot menu so I can move it to put from CD rom. But at this point, no matter what, it won't let me scro... Read more

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HelloOn the process of updating my BIOS, after downloading "Flash UEFI BIOS update (Flash from operating system version)" and opening the readme file, i came across a dificulty that im not able to continue my process.(https://us.download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/thinkcentre_bios/fbj9ccusa.txt): readme fileSo, i did everything correctly untill the step 2 of the "Installing the Package" process, basically when a put the command ("cd C:\SWTOOLS\FLASH\FBJYxxUSA\")on the Prompt, appear a message saying: "iit not recognized as an internal or external command"I already changed the path on my Computer properties, but nothing seems to work outIf someone could lend a hand, i would aprecciate a lot. Thanks!Btw: im using windos 10https://gyazo.com/33367d1e74576f72ace4236867258266: sorry about being in portuguese, i really dont know how to make it in english, just in case someone wants to see what appearsEdit 1: my pc is a desktop M93p

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Please, I need urgent help.
On my brand new ASUS laptop, the automatic ASUS update downloaded and installed the latest BIOS version for Windows. During the process the pop-up windows appeared saying something like "Don't forget to load the default BIOS setting after reboot..."

After reboot, all I got was black screen with a blanking line like in DOS program.
I rebooted again, used ESC, entered BIOS but theres no such option there as load defualt BIOS..
I saved and exited BIOS and still WIndows won't load up.
Please, what should I do ???

A:After updating BIOS, Windows 7 won't start up !?

Quote:
entered BIOS but theres no such option there as load defualt BIOS..


Did you use the option?

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Hallo,After upgrading the Bios via Windows (HP dv7 6101sd) there is only a black screen and flashing Caps Lock.I have tried to create recovering USB device (according to the instructions http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02693833 ).Unfortunately  when started the Bios updating file (http://support.hp.com/nl-nl/drivers/selfservice/hp-pavilion-dv7-6100-entertainment-notebook-pc-serie... ) there is no possibility to chose another location (step 5 according to the instructions).Can you give me another solution of the problem?Thank you in advance,Idjeral 

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Bonjour, I am having a BSoD whenever I try to update the BIOS on my Asus Eee PC 1015PX. I am currently running BIOS version 1301, but version 1401 was released. Naturally, I wanted to update my BIOS. However, whenever I use their utility, it flashes the BIOS .ROM file up until about 35%, and then my computer completely and utterly crashes. It gives me a BSoD with a DPS_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION. I do have a Windows 7 CD and could dual-boot and update the BIOS thru Windows 7, but I was just wondering if any of the users here could help me.

A:Windows 8 BSoD when updating BIOS

DPS_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION



I already had trhis BSOD, but in other circunstances

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Hi, I'm trying to update my BIOS driver due to an error message saying "Thread stuck in device driver". I have windows 10. When I go to the acer site to download and update the driver, the only available drivers are for windows 8. Can I download this windows 8 driver without harming my computer? Should I revert back to windows 8? Any other solutions for the error message? Update:My computer: Acer Aspire V5-122P-0600  Manufacture year: 2013   Came installed with Windows 8 Thanks!

A:Updating BIOS Driver with Windows 10

BIOS update is different from normal Driver update, updating a wrong BIOS may brick your computer, could you please provide information about your system so that someone will be able to advice you, you need to tell us the model of your laptop.

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Dell has released a new bios version A06 for my laptop M101z (Inspiron 1120). The Windows version is 2.7MB whlle the DOS version is 1.7 MB.

The flashing procedure is the same for both. Click on the .exe file, extract it to C:\DELL\DRIVERS\R300552, In the START>RUN text box type C:\DELL\DRIVERS\R300552 and press ENTER.

What is the difference between the Windows version and the DOS version as the install/flash procedure is the same?

Which one should I use for flashing the bios?

A:Which bios version - Windows or DOS - to use for updating?

Windows based .exe's have a higher rate of causing a bad flash, mostly due to some sanfu while the OS is running.

That's why the Dos version is generally considered a safer way to flash. Less potential conflicts.

Win based ones are fine when they work, but as mentioned above, there is simply a higher level of risk.

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my bios is outdated.
I wanted to update it. so I went on the manufacturer's website for my model

but it says: "This BIOS update should be installed before upgrading to Microsoft? Windows Vista? operating system.", which is making me worried to do the bios update as I already have upgraded to vista. (the laptop was shipped with xp on it)
I asked a computer techie and he said its nonsense and I should update it the normal way by flash memory at the boot time.
Any suggestions?
Also, what happens if I screw the bios setting at boot time.
do I have to install windows again or can my windows be restored ?

A:Updating Bios only possible BEFORE installing windows???!!!?

If your computer works, why would you want to update the BIOS?
If you screw up the bios at boot time then it depends on your motheroboard. (How much did your cost)

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I updated my BIOS through windows using MSI's Live Update 6 software and it has been stuck on this screen for about 30 minutes...
Is this normal? I'm scared to reboot it because I'm concerned about getting stuck in a possible boot loop.
Any ideas?

A:MSI Mobo BIOS Updating Through Windows...

If you reboot, and the BIOS is in fact corrupt, you won't get stuck in a boot loop.

You will get stuck with no-POST, much worse than a boot loop.

What is the model of your motherboard? I can find its internal technicians manual and find out if there is a disaster recovery method. Sometimes they're very easy to perform.

Don't reboot that computer until I find out first, just in case the chip was erased but not flashed, or returns a bad checksum.

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Hello all
I was running windows 7 home premium perfectly for the last around 7 to 8 months. the other day I updated system bios and thereafter got the message to reactivate windwos. I used my product key but turned out to be invalid. I am in trouble kindly help help

A:Cannot reactivate windows after updating system bios

For an OEM system, deactivation after a bios update would point to a modded bios being used earlier. However, you have not filed up your system specs. Please run this tool, click Continue, click Copy, then paste the results here or paste into notepad and upload the text file.

go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012

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I recently updated my BIOS using this package: http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/swdetails/HP-Pavilion-dv6-Entertainment-Notebook-PC-... Now when I enter the BIOS, then Boot Options, it allows me to Enable/Disable Legacy Boot (which I assume means UEFI/older BIOS?). Since I am running Win 10 64-bit, I would prefer to use UEFI.  However, when I disable Legacy Boot, then reboot, it says boot device not found. Only reverting to Legacy Boot allows me to boot. How do I configure Windows 10 to boot with UEFI? My Older BIOS was F.0A, new one is F.2E.  This BIOS also fixes the battery indicator, so I would perfer to stay in it.

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I was updating bios and it got stuck now I cannot get the windows or bios but can't get to system recovery but saying cannot refresh or restore anything or repair

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I recently updated my winXP pro ver. 2002 Service Pack 2with 80 updates, since then my sata hd and dvd writer have disappeared from windows and bios.Has anyone encountered this problem and found a solution? I am running a Mach speed MSNV-939 with AMD Athelon 64 x 2. Dual core 3800.
Everything was running great before the updates.
 

A:Updating XP Pro and loss of SATA drives in BIOS and Windows

does the drive in question contain any data? usually, if the drive doesn't appear in BIOS, it probably doesn't in windows XP, but have you checked if windows detects the card in Disk Management console? i would recommend installing new storage drivers for your motherboard. the updates could have made the existing drivers corrupt or uninstalled them. do you have any exclamations in Device Manager?
 

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Hi. I have a dell inspiron laptop. My problem starts when i tried to update my bios from a07 to a15. While the update is running my laptop screen suddenly turned blank but my laptop is still on. What should i do?

A:Bios update fail. Blank screen while updating bios

Please check and see if you can get into BIOS. By the way list Dell model number and version of window. Ex: Dell Inspiron 3543, windows 10
1. Power off computer
2. Power on computer, quickly start tapping F2 key continuously. Hopefully, you'll be able to see BIOS screen.

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AMD Dual Core processors - updating BIOS?

how do you do this?

thanks a lot
 

A:AMD Dual Core processors - updating BIOS/flashing BIOS?

Flash a BIOS?
You need to download the update from the motherboard manufacturer. Then follow the directions in the readme file that usually comes with it.
 

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Hello.I need to update BIOS on my notebooks.I used my second computer to creat  a BIOS recovery drive on my USB.I used this way:Recovering the notebook BIOS using an external storage devicehttp://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02693833 I download recommended version:sp62234.exeAfter step "5. In the Location to Save Files window, click Change."The HP System BIOS Update Utility DOSENT opens and i have 2 errors: 1.IHISI: Get support mode fail in SMI!  2. BIOS did not support InsydeFlash!  Please help me.

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hi there, i am fixing a friends old computer and the hdd was stuffed so i got a new maxtor diamondmax 9 for it. although once installing it i found out that it would only run in udma2 mode (checked it in another computer and it ran at full udma6)
so i suspect that the current bios cannot support udma5 or 6, so i am looking for a bios upgrade for it.
the bios string is 6A69RPRDC-00, the number on the actual motherboard is 35-C960-00-05
thanks for any help, i am really hoping i can make this board work at udma5 at least and not have to settle for udma2.
thanks again
-Moltenz

ps. i just found this
AM-960
04/19/2001-i815-ITE87X2-6A69RPRDC-00 ITE87X2 + Winbond-W39A
at http://www.plasma-online.de/english/identify/serial/mainboard/mb_aristo.html
if that is any help.
 

A:help with updating bios. cannot find bios upgrade - 6A69RPRDC-00

WOW..............

Old Machines.....(just like me... but can still perform to the max lol)

I your Bios has the option of udma up to 6 then generally the bios supports the Mode! and your problem is that the HDD does not support the mode (cant remember if you said it does).

You are probably using wrong criteria for bios upgrade search.
Try WWW.driverguide,com

You Need the MB's Manufacturers Name or at least the MB Chipset and bios Manufacturers Name as well. go to the Computers muanufacturers website (you probably done that already) and search model.

otherwise Download a System info utility from Tech Spot, I use SiSoft Sandra or AIDA32.. (sandra might cause bluescreen on older machines).. Aida problably will have link direct to bios update site. hope this was of some help
 

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i updated my bios and the fan is now very loud on it for some reason , im not sure why here's my belarc advisor list if anyone can help me get the fan back to normal that would be very helpful!

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Packard Bell NEC SPIRIT 550
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.93 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Packard Bell NEC
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 07/15/2005
Drives Memory Modules c,d
80.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
63.95 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

COMBO IDE5232CO [CD-ROM drive]
SCSIVAX DVD/CD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device

Apple iPod USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
ST380011A [Hard drive] (80.02 GB) -- drive 0, rev 8.01, SMART Status: Healthy 480 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 80.02 GB 63.95 GB free

Network Drives
None detected
Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
ashley 12/4/2005 4:57:52 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never
Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account None detected
Controllers Display
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
SiS PCI IDE Controller None detected
Bus Adapters Multimedia
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A:BIOS HELP!!!!!! fan very loud after updating bios

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hiiam new to this so forgive me if i have posted in the wrong placei own an hp 250 g4 recently i updated my bios and after successful update i tried to enter bios and its asking for admin password but i never has set any admin passwordit says system disabled  [ |  87228416] i can normally boot into my os but cant enter the bios plz help me 

A:asking for bios password after updating bios

When prompted for password try 38180438

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Hey, my laptop has been giving me some pain recently with BSODs when exiting Source games. I've also been experiencing performance drops in these games and in others which were all fine some time ago. Steam support suggesting updating my video and audio drivers (which I did) but they also said I should update my BIOS.

I have never updated my BIOS before and want to ask what and where should I get an update for my laptop, how to apply it and things I should be careful about. Also, would this void my warranty?

The laptop is an Acer Aspire 5742ZG
OS Windows 7 Ultimate x86
CPU Intel Pentium P6100
Motherboard Intel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series
Memory 3 GB DDR3
Graphics Card(s) NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M

LE: Also, while we're on the subject, do you have any good reads on BIOS updating and when it should be done? It's unexplored territory for me

A:Need help updating BIOS

Hey, first thing you need to do is type msinfo32 in the Start button search/run box. In the window that opens, look up the field Bios version/date and tell us what exactly you see there. This tells you the version number and date of the currently installed bios. By knowing this it can be determined whether an update is actually applicable.

Bios updating used to be a dangerous business in the earlier days but with better and more user friendly tools its quite OK, as long as you take certain precautions. However, do remember that no matter you do everything right, theres a very small chance that your mobo can get bricked, so the responsibility is all yours.

Not trying to frighten you, just need to be careful and be prepared.

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I recently put in a new motherboard, a new cpu, and new ram. the computer POST is fine but when it gets to the load windows screen, it just reboots. there is no error, just flashes to a blue screen, then restarts the computer and when it restarts it comes to the screen asking me to choose between restarting in last known good configuration, or in 3 different safe mode options. all of them just repete the process. i tried reinstalling the windows from the boot cd and it reinstalled it fine with no errors, but when it restarts the computer it still wont get passed the load screen. Someone sugested that maybe i have to update my BIOS becase of the new motherboard and new cpu. can someone please explain why that might be, what the symtems are of needing a BIOS update, and why it would help me? im just looking for some clarification before i run such a risky procedure. thank you, kevin
 

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Did you reinstall windows after fitting that lot? If not, thats your problem.
 

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I've been trying to update my BIOS as I realised how old the driver is, but I useless, as they tell me to download programs that cost and I just cannot be bothered to go through all that.

Could anyone give me a link to where I can just download an update please?

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Try here, this is the driver page for your computer model number listed in your specs. Notice the OS says Vista but if its a BIOS update the only relevance of the OS is weather the flash utility will run in Windows 7. All the other drivers listed are for Vista. This could be the correct BIOS for your machine but a second opinion would be most welcome to confirm.

P.S Run at your own risk as we all know the risks of incorrect BIOS updates. Check the motherboard show to be P5LP-LE before flashing.

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Basically I want to flash my Bios, but the thing is... I am not sure which I have to choose! is it all of them? do I choose the latest one? I am lost.

Bios updates: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3863#bios
Motherboard: GA-Z68A-D3-B3 http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3863#ov

your help is really appreciated.

(p.s. if I am correct, my current version is F3. Not even listed!)
 

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You only choose one and that is usually the latest one.

That said, are you having a problem that you hope the BIOS update will fix? If not, see the warning:

"Warning:
Because BIOS flashing is potentially risky, if you do not encounter problems using the current version of BIOS, it is recommended that you not flash the BIOS. To flash the BIOS, do it with caution. Inadequate BIOS flashing may result in system malfunction."
 

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I would like to update my BIOS. However, there is no download available for my computer and operating system on the HP site. 













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Hello, The BIOS update is available for WIN 8.1 and not yet tested and released for WIN 10 as of now. However you may try updating BIOS using HP support Assistant(HPSA)Download and install from here : http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/hpsupportassistant/hpsupport.html?jumpid=va_r602_us/en/any/psg/pl_ot_ob_ds_pd/hpsupportassistant_cc/dt#.WEY3fdV974Y Also please go through this document explaining how to use HPSA.http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03467905  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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My board is Asus M2A-VM HDMI. Latest version bios is avilable ie. HDMI1401. Kindly help me to update. I dont have a floppy drive. I want to do through CD. What r the steps to update
 

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Hello kunjikaly and welcome to Techspot.



While BIOS flashing can be done with CD ROMs on some newer motherboards, this is not recommended. This is because BIOS updating works at the core level of computing functions.Click to expand...

Taken from here by Tedster.

Regards Jase
 

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I hope I'm posting appropriately. I'll try to be brief.

I've been having problems with my monitor lately. Squiggly lines appear around the lower half of the monitor and garble the image. Messing with the degauss and refresh rate seem to have no effect. The effect seems to be random, and from what I have read I assume it's just dying, but there is something troubling me. I ran the troubleshooter (which I don't think I've ever really done) and got to the point where it said I should update my BIOS. When I first had this computer assembled in 2k2, I had a problem which ended up being the BIOS and the folks that put it together updated it and its been that long since its been done. I've since installed a new video card and updated windows a fair amount in that time.

I'm trying not to be too verbose, but I want any helpers that may come my way to have as much info about my situation as possible...

Anyway, whether or not this is the problem with my monitor may not be important. If the monitor is just dying out I probably still need to update don't I? I've read a bit about it and I've downloaded what I assume is the most recent update for my BIOS and the (again, assuming) appropriate "flash" thingy. However, I'm more than a little apprehensive about attempting this on my own without some input.

The folks here helped me out immensely a while back with a browser hijack and the first forum I though of to come to with th... Read more

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My thoughts:
1. The BIOS has been there since 2002, the squiggly lines appeared recently. ergo the BIOS has nothing to do with the squiggly lines.

2. The windows troubleshooters are as useful as tits on a bull.

3. If you are not experienced with BIOS upgrades be warned you can get into real trouble if anything goes wrong - possibly to the extent your PC never works again.

4. The majority of people NEVER upgrade their BIOS and their computers still seem to work OK.

Have a look at the download site where you get v1010 and see what the update is supposed to fix. Unless it says "fixes squiggly line problem" (and I'll bet good money it doesn't) it's not going to help you.

Let us know what kind of monitor and what kind of display card you have, because i think you have a hardware problem.

hth

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I bought a Yamaha CDRW and my system won't recognize it. It was suggested that I upgrade my BIOS to fix this problem. I have an Asus P2B Motherboard and when I downloaded the update, all I got was a Fax Viewer Document, not what I expected. Do I really need to update the BIOS? I am using Win 98 SE.

I have checked all the IDE cables and all configurations.......do I have a paperweight?
Any help would be great!

Rattzo
 

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Depends on how old your bios are. If it's the last chance

Anyway here is link to your motherboard page
http://www.asus.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Pentiumpro/P2b/index.html

You can just click on the link for the bios and get the upgrade, whichever you want, with or without hardware monitoring.

Have you tried the burner in another machine just ot see if the burner is good.
Differnet cable
Different power connector
Different master slave settings on ide's
 

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if anyone could help me on updating my bios it would be most appriciated. here's any vital information needed and if i left something out, please let me know and i apologize..

manufacturer: American Megatrends
bios rom size: 256k
bios id: 62-1030-009999-00101111-040201-VIA_K7
chipset: VIA 82C3189 rev 0
 

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http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=120976&posted=1#post120976
 

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Recently got an older Dell laptop with Vista on it. I know nothing has ever been upgraded on it and I'd like to upgrade the bios but Dell won't give me any information because it's not under warrantee. Is there a web site where I can go to that can scan for the correct updated bios and possibly scan the laptop and let me know what else needs to be updated or should I just take this into a repair shop.
 

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Is there a web site where I can go to that can scan for the correct updated biosClick to expand...

Don't know if anything like that exists. Why not just go to www.dell.com, Support section, and see if there is a BIOS update for that machine? Use the Service Tag for easier searching.

and possibly scan the laptop and let me know what else needs to be updatedClick to expand...

Dell may do that. Reinstall Vista (or Recover to factory defaults) if that was not done and then get and install the latest drivers from Dell's site. Install the chipset first.
 

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i have a nvidia geforce 9600 gt grahic card 1gb ddr3

i just wanna update its bios.
just to fix bugs.

plz tell me from where to download bios update?
 

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Hi. Will the bios in my PC ever need to be updated? How will I know the signs of it. My PC is about 7 years old now.
Reason I ask is my friends PC that is a 4-5 year old DELL had a message that the bios was out of date, and I updated it for her by following the prompts.

I don't even know what a bios is....should I worry about my PC?
 

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The best rule to follow is,if it is work OK it doesn't need updating.
 

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I want to update my BIOS with a .bin file. I have extracted and saved to a bootable disc. But when prompted in MS-DOS i have no idea what to type in to JUST open the .bin file that needs to run so i can update the BIOS. Thanks a lot... Dave
 

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How do i update my bio i can't seem to find anything to help me

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@Dctchdt,If the original OS was WIN 7, the BIOS is tied to that.  The is "NO" WIN 10 BIOS.

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Hi,
its a bit lengthy and might not seem a really general question; but I guess Im only asking for basic understanding here:

Im occasionally getting the error 13 :
: The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.

I thought I would do a bios update. I googled it and found this,
when I go to the manufacturer website (here) , I cant see any batch file that the manual mentions, instead there is exe files to updating the version of bios. when i download and run them, I get the error saying that the file didnt install properly and if i want to redo it with the recommended setting. I tried checking the version of the bios externally with a software and it seemed its still the previous version. I tried reinstalling the update using the new settings, same old same old.
note: in the sony website it says:
This BIOS update must be installed before upgrading to Microsoft? Windows Vista? operating system. ( the computer was shipped in xp)
I have missed it.
anything I can do?

cheers,
Shahab

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