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Unread 18-08-2007, 05:35 AM   #1
Rainy
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BIOS

BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007 11/13/2003
Windows XP
SP2

Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do even if I found the
upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I don't mess up my computer.
Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy


 
Unread 18-08-2007, 05:36 AM   #2
Shenan Stanley
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Re: BIOS

Rainy wrote:
> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007
> 11/13/2003 Windows XP
> SP2
>
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to
> update my bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do
> even if I found the upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I
> don't mess up my computer. Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy


By the date of your BIOS - the only thing apparent is that your BIOS has not
been updated since 11/13/2003. Other than that - there is NOTHING apparent.

What has you thinking - other than that data approaching 4 years old this
year - that you need to update your BIOS?

You should *only* flash your BIOS if something else is showing to be wrong
and *if* the BIOS update you apply is supposed to remedy this situation.
Otherwise - it is a case of "don't fix what is not broken" <-- because when
it comes to a BIOS flash (which usually work fine when done properly), there
is very little else that can ruin your computer more quickly.

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Unread 18-08-2007, 05:36 AM   #3
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Re: BIOS

Unless you need a feature provided by the newer version or are having
problems an update may solve, there is no need to flash your BIOS. It is not
uncommon for BIOS dates to be years old, the latest non beta version for
your board is from 2004 (never, ever use a beta BIOS unless you are familiar
with the pitfalls) they don't get updated regularly. Visit the Asus support
site for fixes, procedures, and availability of different versions.
If your computer gets messed up in the process the blame is entirely on you


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"Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com> wrote in message
news:%232TegHN4HHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007 11/13/2003
> Windows XP
> SP2
>
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
> bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do even if I found
> the
> upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I don't mess up my computer.
> Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy
>
>


 
Unread 18-08-2007, 05:36 AM   #4
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Re: BIOS

thank you so much! It's forgotten! yes that is what I was thinking..
that since it had not been updated it needed to... it's forgotten, and I am
relieved.. thanks for the input. Rainy
"Shenan Stanley" <newshelper***********> wrote in message
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Rainy wrote:
> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007
> 11/13/2003 Windows XP
> SP2
>
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to
> update my bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do
> even if I found the upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I
> don't mess up my computer. Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy


By the date of your BIOS - the only thing apparent is that your BIOS has not
been updated since 11/13/2003. Other than that - there is NOTHING apparent.

What has you thinking - other than that data approaching 4 years old this
year - that you need to update your BIOS?

You should *only* flash your BIOS if something else is showing to be wrong
and *if* the BIOS update you apply is supposed to remedy this situation.
Otherwise - it is a case of "don't fix what is not broken" <-- because when
it comes to a BIOS flash (which usually work fine when done properly), there
is very little else that can ruin your computer more quickly.

--
Shenan Stanley
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--
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Unread 18-08-2007, 05:36 AM   #5
Rainy
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Re: BIOS

thanks.. decided to not do this.. thanks for the input.. hugs Rainy ps
just for information, I recently posted a problem with my friends computer..
windows would not boot.. turned out the bios and her printer were not
compatible.. so she updated and the problem went away..
"David B." <brooks.dj@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
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Unless you need a feature provided by the newer version or are having
problems an update may solve, there is no need to flash your BIOS. It is not
uncommon for BIOS dates to be years old, the latest non beta version for
your board is from 2004 (never, ever use a beta BIOS unless you are familiar
with the pitfalls) they don't get updated regularly. Visit the Asus support
site for fixes, procedures, and availability of different versions.
If your computer gets messed up in the process the blame is entirely on you


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"Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com> wrote in message
news:%232TegHN4HHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007 11/13/2003
> Windows XP
> SP2
>
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
> bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do even if I found
> the
> upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I don't mess up my computer.
> Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy
>
>



 
Unread 18-08-2007, 05:37 AM   #6
Curt Christianson
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Re: BIOS

That can happen in your friends case Rainy, but Shenan and David gave you
excellent advice.

Some people have an overwhelming urge to have the most current "anything",
but your BIOS should *not* necessarily be one of them.

Nothing can potentially turn a computer to "toast" quicker than a failed
BIOS flash.

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"Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com> wrote in message
news:%23kl%23JwN4HHA.3400@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
| thanks.. decided to not do this.. thanks for the input.. hugs Rainy ps
| just for information, I recently posted a problem with my friends
computer..
| windows would not boot.. turned out the bios and her printer were not
| compatible.. so she updated and the problem went away..
| "David B." <brooks.dj@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
| news:Ori7EXN4HHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
| Unless you need a feature provided by the newer version or are having
| problems an update may solve, there is no need to flash your BIOS. It is
not
| uncommon for BIOS dates to be years old, the latest non beta version for
| your board is from 2004 (never, ever use a beta BIOS unless you are
familiar
| with the pitfalls) they don't get updated regularly. Visit the Asus
support
| site for fixes, procedures, and availability of different versions.
| If your computer gets messed up in the process the blame is entirely on
you
|
|
| --
|
| ----
| Crosspost, do not multipost http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
| How to ask a question http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
| How to Post http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
|
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| "Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com> wrote in message
| news:%232TegHN4HHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
| > BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007
11/13/2003
| > Windows XP
| > SP2
| >
| > Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
| > bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do even if I found
| > the
| > upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I don't mess up my
computer.
| > Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy
| >
| >
|
|


 
Unread 18-08-2007, 05:37 AM   #7
David B.
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Re: BIOS

There are many valid reasons to update the BIOS, but if your not having
problems, it's best not to push your luck. The procedure is relatively
simple and usually goes off without a hitch, but if you end up being the
small percentage that has a problem, you can render your system unusable and
in need of a new motherboard.

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"Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com> wrote in message
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> thanks.. decided to not do this.. thanks for the input.. hugs Rainy ps
> just for information, I recently posted a problem with my friends
> computer..
> windows would not boot.. turned out the bios and her printer were not
> compatible.. so she updated and the problem went away..
> "David B." <brooks.dj@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:Ori7EXN4HHA.4476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> Unless you need a feature provided by the newer version or are having
> problems an update may solve, there is no need to flash your BIOS. It is
> not
> uncommon for BIOS dates to be years old, the latest non beta version for
> your board is from 2004 (never, ever use a beta BIOS unless you are
> familiar
> with the pitfalls) they don't get updated regularly. Visit the Asus
> support
> site for fixes, procedures, and availability of different versions.
> If your computer gets messed up in the process the blame is entirely on
> you
>
>
> --
>
> ----
> Crosspost, do not multipost http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm
> How to ask a question http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
> How to Post http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> __________________________________________________ _______________________________
>
>
> "Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com> wrote in message
> news:%232TegHN4HHA.1208@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
>> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007
>> 11/13/2003
>> Windows XP
>> SP2
>>
>> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
>> bios.. I have never done this, and don't know what to do even if I found
>> the
>> upgrade. I would appreciate step by step. so I don't mess up my
>> computer.
>> Appreciate any help! thanks, Rainy
>>
>>

>
>


 
Unread 18-08-2007, 05:37 AM   #8
Bruce Chambers
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Re: BIOS

Rainy wrote:
> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007 11/13/2003
> Windows XP
> SP2
>
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
> bios..



Why? Is the date wrong?

In other words, if everything is working as it should, there is
absolutely no need to flash (update) your BIOS. It doesn't go stale.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"


> I have never done this, and don't know what to do even if I found the
> upgrade.



All the more reason to leave well enough alone, unless you're willing
to risk the future usefulness of your computer for a "learning experience."


> I would appreciate step by step. so I don't mess up my computer.



There is no universal, one-size-fits-all procedure. Every brand
motherboard is different. You need to consult the motherboard's manual
(or motherboard manufacturer's support web site) and follow the
instructions provided very, very carefully.


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Unread 18-08-2007, 05:40 AM   #9
Stan Brown
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Re: BIOS

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 08:23:51 -0500 from Rainy <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com>:
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
> bios


Why?

Your BIOS isn't a battery; it doesn't run down.

Especially since you don't know the ins and outs of this, your best
practice is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

In general it is best not to update hardware or software unless you
can identify a specific problem that the update will solve or a
specific benefit that it will confer.

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Unread 18-08-2007, 05:41 AM   #10
Ken Blake, MVP
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Re: BIOS

On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 08:23:51 -0500, "Rainy" <sweetwrapz@mchsi.com>
wrote:

> BIOS: Award Software, Inc. ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS Revision 1007 11/13/2003
> Windows XP
> SP2
>
> Buy the date of my bios.. it is apparent to me that I need to update my
> bios..



No! Do *not* do this. The age of the BIOS is irrelevant.

Although a BIOS upgrade normally goes well, it is not without danger.
If something goes wrong while the upgrade is an progress (for example,
a lapse in power) you can be left with no BIOS at all, and an
unbootable computer.

Do a BIOS upgrade if you need to--because you are having a problem
that the new version is known to fix--not just because one is
available.


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