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:
- Misidentification of your motherboard make/model/revision number
- Failing to research or understand the BIOS update details
- Flashing your BIOS for a fix that is not needed
- Flashing your BIOS with the wrong BIOS file
- Using an outdated version of the manufacturer flash utility or tool
- Not following or understanding the motherboard manufacturers specific directions
- Flashing your BIOS without an UPS or at higher risk times
- Flashing the BIOS from within Windows with other applications running
- Flashing an overclocked system
- 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.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research 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 social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.