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February 8, 2005 7:19:36 PM

I read how important it is to update the BIOS on a motherboard.

Can you guys please educate me on the advantages of updating the BIOS?...do I have to flash the previous BIOS first or install it on top of the existing one?

My motherboard is an ASUS K8N paired to an Athlon 64 3000+
I finished to build my first computer and found that the are two new BIOS for this motherboard. One is a newer regular version and the other a BETA version (even newer one) but not supported by ASUS.

Which one?

Thanks guys

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February 8, 2005 7:31:19 PM

Flashing the BIOS can correct bugs or compatibility that have been discovered - this will generally increase system stability. In some cases, flashing the BIOS will even give performance increases. Would <b>not</b> recommend using the BETA Bios.

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February 8, 2005 8:45:08 PM

or can cause problems and more instability. If the computer is working good, then dont flash it. I dont recommend flashing for flashing...

-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
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February 9, 2005 12:55:17 AM

FLASH THE BIOS?...Do I have to FLASH the BIOS?...

ASUS instruction manual indicates that the EZ BIOS FLASH consists of installation of the new BIOS following a specific procedure (crash free according to ASUS)in which the new BIOS version is installed on top of the old one and seem to be a relatively easy procedure.

I am not very familiar with this...and my impression was that FLASHING was deleting the old first in order to install the new. Maybe I am wrong.

About my new computer's performance. It is working well besides a couple of problems related to missing DLL files which I solved by using SYSTEM RESTORE.

I am still a bit aprehensive about changing the BIOS...and your input is helpulf.
February 9, 2005 3:08:49 AM

Look where they have the new bios. There will be a list of things the new bios fixes. If you need the fixes, flash the bios. If you have an ADSL or DSL network connection, using the online bios update utility is safe.
February 9, 2005 3:49:57 AM

as PAT sezs curiosity kills the cat. In your case, if it works, why bother? better flash cd-rw or dvd-rw drives but not mbaoards. I've got a boss who ruins his mboard by needlessly updating his BIOS.

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February 9, 2005 3:50:31 AM

Yes...I have fast internet connection.
The Bios update from ASUS for my motherboard has two main porposes....To Patch S3 Resume (?) and to Patch CMOS setting wrong (?) I really don't know if the earlier problem I had of missing DLL files was related to that. But I fixed the problem. The computer is running well. I wonder If I have to flash the BIOS. maybe not.

I am extracting this info from ASUS website where I found the new BIOS version.
February 9, 2005 6:48:15 AM

Look up the section that discusses how to save a copy of your current BIOS. The procedure that ASUS uses is very straight forward and if you follow the instructions on saving your current Bios you should be fine.

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February 9, 2005 10:12:37 AM

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FLASH THE BIOS?...Do I have to FLASH the BIOS?...

If you're a little shy then take the BIOS to a private room and just give it a peek... :evil: 

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