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plzhelpmenow
25-04-2004, 12:17 PM
I am using Award BIOS 4.51, which doesn't support my >32Gb harddrive. i was thinking of upgrading it to prevent problems with my drive. Has anyone done this? I have heard that it might be dangerous if not done properly, is this true?

ugh1
25-04-2004, 12:28 PM
Yes, I number of things can go wrong. The biggest being a power cut while updating.

Still, a BIOS update is cheaper then buying a new IDE controller so it is a cost vs risk decision.

Just ensure you have the correct BIOS for your motherboard and a DOS boot disk, read ALL instructions carefully and you have a good chance of success.

plzhelpmenow
25-04-2004, 12:39 PM
Where can I get one of these upgrades and how much would this usually cost?(can i get it for free possibly?)

agent_24
25-04-2004, 12:56 PM
most bios updates, like most other updates are usually free - so no worries there.

about where to get them? well generally you will need to get one off the motherboard manufacturer, not the bios manufacturer.

Growly
25-04-2004, 01:02 PM
Make sure you definately dont have a power cut though....

Pete O\'Neil
25-04-2004, 01:16 PM
From what your saying it sounds as if you have no idea what is invovled in "upgrading" your BIOS. Have a look here:
http://www.pcmech.com/show/bios/81/

It might be a good idea to have a look at the info that acompanies the new BIOS as flashing the BIOS may not allow you to use larger HDD's.

Susan B
25-04-2004, 03:18 PM
Another helpful BIOS flashing guide is here (http://www.rojakpot.com/(3gzzqz55fhmxz3yqlfndqzmg)/default.aspx?location=3&var1=93&var2=0).

wotz
25-04-2004, 06:32 PM
I just did my 1st BIOS flash a few days ago and all is sweet now.

PoWa
25-04-2004, 06:55 PM
I don't know why people claim bios updates are dangerous and evil. They are so simple to do, and the odds of actually stuffing it up are the odds of winning lotto.

agent_24
25-04-2004, 06:57 PM
don't say that to someone who just won lotto and bought a computer that needs a bios upgrade............ :D