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How important is a bios update before installing a new os on a new ssd

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October 30, 2011 4:13:27 AM

The reason I'm asking is that I planned to update my bios before installing an ssd and moving from vista 32 to windows 7-64, but I can't seem to get the iso file to flash for some reason. I want to get the new hardware installed tonight while my little ones are sleeping as I'm going to be out of time tomorrow and all next week until I get to next weekend again.

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October 30, 2011 4:30:07 AM

A BIOS shouldn't be flashed unless the manufacturer specifically releases a newer version due to stability or other issues.

Release notes accompany BIOS releases so make sure you read before installing.

If flashed incorrectly, you can permanently damage ("brick") your motherboard.

Without your motherboard specs, it's difficult to assist you.

In general, you

1.download the file,
2. extract (you should see a file with a .rom suffix),
3. reboot,
4. hit "Del" to get into BIOS,
5. then under BIOS options you should see a program called BIOS Flash/EZ Flash (for ASUS),
6. point it to where the .rom file is located,
7. then confirm flash process.

Latest motherboards (ie 1155 chipset) have a GUI based BIOS, making it more user friendly.
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October 30, 2011 4:33:12 AM

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A BIOS shouldn't be flashed unless the manufacturer specifically releases a newer version due to stability or other issues.
Is correct, You should try your installation first and if you have ssd complications - then think about flashing your bios!

Try this - I've never done it on that board before, this is what I found on the evga website. Even with exact follow through step by step instructions you flash bios at your own risk. That warning comes STRAIGHT FROM THE MANUFACTURER.

CD/DVD Installation - Recommended installation method
Download the .iso file:
Use a CD Burning software to burn the .iso image onto a blank CD (Nero, Alochol 120%, MagicISO etc.)

Restart machine, and set the CD Drive as the primary boot device.
The BIOS flash process will begin, Press “Y” to program BIOS.

After flash remove the CD, power off PC Completely.
Turn on the PC and load defaults in BIOS.
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October 30, 2011 5:23:57 AM

I guess I'm looking at having version six and flashing to version ten and figuring there's something useful in there.
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October 30, 2011 5:27:33 AM

Yeah, that's a big jump. Did you check each bios update fact - it tells you what the update fixes - and see if any of them relate to the ssd's?
What motherboard and revision do you have?
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October 30, 2011 5:53:30 AM

evga 790i ultra I think I have version 6 (though I'm still not sure I'm checking the right place to get accurate information on boot). CPU-Z tells me 6.00 PG and 6/25/2008, but EVGA seems to say that's probably just generic original build information and not updated information perhaps?
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October 30, 2011 6:29:51 AM

My cpu-z has the current info on it. I updated mine to the F3 version and that's what cpu-z says.
This is what I see when I go to the EVGA page
NF79_P10.bin
NF79_P10.exe
NF79_P10.iso
NF79_P09.bin
NF79_P09.exe
NF79_P09.iso
NF79_P08.bin
NF79_P08.exe
NF79_P08.iso
NF79_P07.bin
So I don't even see a 6 version. Does that mean it's the original? All I see for facts is the

p10 is for improved CPU Compatibility.

09 is for Improved Keyboard/Mouse compatibility.
Improved system update.
Updated EIST/C1E.
Improved GPU compatibility.
Improved memory compatibility.
Fixed virtualization not being enabled after S3 resume.
Updated PXE ROM.
Fixed compatibility with larger hard drives in RAID mode.
Fixed system hang with KB/MS in wrong PS2 port.
Improved S3 resume.
Improved S5 resume.

08 is for Improved memory support for 1600MHz EPP DIMMs
Better support for Hynix DRAM
CPU Microcode updates for Penryn CPUs
Improved Memory Compatibility
Improved overall system stability (including games)

07 is for Improved nTune compatibility
* Fixed restoring disabled device states & fan speeds after suspend/resume
* CPU Microcode updates for Penryn CPUs
* Fixed PCIe compatibility issues
* Added tRFC control to Memory Tweaking parameters
* Improved Memory Compatibility
* Improved overall system stability (including games)

So I don't see anything that says it will improve stability for an ssd, It might be included but It doesn't say it anywhere. Back to just do the install and see if it works.
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