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6. I have been told that my motherboard needs a flash upgrade to support the Processor/Hard Drive that I want to install. What should I do?

Before undertaking the BIOS upgrade you need to be aware of the dangers involved in the procedure. Because the BIOS is at the basis of the computer itself then without a correctly functioning BIOS the motherboard is in effect completely DEAD. When you flash upgrade you in effect write a new BIOS over the top of the old one, so if the process is interrupted before completion (by power failure for example) then the board has no BIOS and it is dead.

(This dead board may possibly still be recoverable by the process described on this page but this is much more difficult).

The failure of the flash process is rare but you should be aware that there is a small risk of "killing your motherboard" before you undertake to do it.

Once you have decided to upgrade then first you need to locate the new bios file itself and the program for performing the upgrade which will be on the motherboard manufacturers web site. With these files the procedure is essentially very simple (though some manufacturers do have slight variations) in that you boot the system to DOS and simply run the flash upgrade program. It will normally ask if you want to save the existing bios (a good idea generally) so that you can restore it if you prefer, ask you for the name and location of the new bios, warn you not to switch off your system until it is finished, and finally write the new BIOS. Reboot your system and it will start with the new BIOS (you are likely to need to reset some BIOS settings to make your system work properly)

**As a final warning you should also consider that the BIOS is specific to each and every motherboard so you should make sure you have one designed specifically for your board since otherwise you are likely to find the board to be dead in the same way as if the actual writing of the BIOS failed.**



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