Video: 10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS

Flashing the BIOS is not for the faint of heart, but by taking the proper precautions and planning for the worst-case scenario; your chances of success are greatly improved. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to safely flash your BIOS and covers 10 mistakes to avoid.

IT Dojo: 10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS The BIOS is critical to your computer's proper operation. It's the first code executed at start-up, and it defines how your motherboard will communicate with the system's hardware. Flashing the BIOS is not for the faint of heart, but by taking the proper precautions and planning for the worst-case scenario; your chances of a successful upgrade are greatly improved. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to safely flash your BIOS and points out 10 mistakes to avoid.<br /><br />Once you’ve watched this IT Dojo video, you can find a link to the original TechRepublic article and print the tip from our <a href=" http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=168">IT Dojo Blog</a>.

The BIOS is critical to your computer's proper operation. It's the first code executed at start-up, and it defines how your motherboard will communicate with the system's hardware. Flashing the BIOS is not for the faint of heart, but by taking the proper precautions and planning for the worst-case scenario; your chances of a successful upgrade are greatly improved.

In this IT Dojo video, I show you how to safely flash your BIOS and point out the following 10 mistakes to avoid:

  1. Misidentification of your motherboard make/model/revision number
  2. Failing to research or understand the BIOS update details
  3. Flashing your BIOS for a fix that is not needed
  4. Flashing your BIOS with the wrong BIOS file
  5. Using an outdated version of the manufacturer flash utility or tool
  6. Not following or understanding the motherboard manufacturers specific directions
  7. Flashing your BIOS without an UPS or at higher risk times
  8. Flashing the BIOS from within Windows with other applications running
  9. Flashing an overclocked system
  10. Failing to have a recovery plan if the BIOS flash fails

After watching the video, you can learn more about the safe way to flash your BIOS by reading Alan Norton 's article, "10 common mistakes you should avoid when flashing your BIOS"—the basis for this video.

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...