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BIOS Flash.What to look for?

By g_soilis ·
I have a PC with intel i810 chip.As far as sound is concerned it works fine,but when i connect to the internet,the microphone stops working,or rather works but only producing a sound like a motor running,(It sounds like the recorded sound its been played back in a slower speed than the recording.)
I run windows 98 SE ,and my modem is internal.
The drivers are the latest and the only suggestion i got from the people who make the PC is to update my bios and see what happens.I have never flasheda BIOS before but according to the instuctions it seems pretty easy.Are there any points I should be more carefull about?

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by Bill_H In reply to BIOS Flash.What to look f ...

One major point...if the BIOS flash fails, the motherboard will most likely be toast. I wonder if the "people who make the PC" informed you of that possibility?

Before you undertake an easy-sounding procedure with catastrophic potential, try to pin down the error a bit more succinctly.
Contact me through the Peer Directory if you like, or post another question with more detail (system configuration), so we can determine if a BIOS flash is the *only* solution.

Hope this helps...

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by mmcdade In reply to BIOS Flash.What to look f ...

Flashing the BIOS is actually very simple (I actually flashed mine yesterday from Ver. A03 to A04); however, I must agree with Bill's post: if you screw up the flash (maybe use the wrong version, etc.), it'll toast your motherboard.

Here's what Idid to flash my BIOS: 1) I checked the version and manufacturer of my BIOS by booting into the BIOS itself and checking the version (the BIOS version also usually appears during the boot sequence); 2) I went to the BIOS manufacturer's website and looked for and updated BIOS, which I found (there was a BIOS update from A03 to A04); 3) I downloaded the file and ran it, and that's all there was to it.

Just make sure you know the version/manufacturer of the BIOS, and that you download the correct update. I have both a Dell and a Gateway, and both those sites are easy to navigate in terms of finding updated drivers and, in my case, BIOS.

Best of luck,

- Mark

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by Robert Young In reply to BIOS Flash.What to look f ...

I tend to agree with both previous posts by my learned colleagues with one small exception. If your machine is still under warranty, I would return the machine to the manufacturer and tell THEM to sort it out and flash the BIOS if needed. If they screw it up and fry the board then THEY will be responsible NOT you. If it is now out of warranty then check for the string of numbers (dependant of motherboard) at the bottom of the screen (for AMI Bioses or Bios') for the version number and check on your motherboard manufacturers website for the latest version for that particular ROM.

All the Best from Sunny Scotland????
Robert Young

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by wlbowers In reply to BIOS Flash.What to look f ...

In answer to your question.
To flash your bios.
Boot to floppy with their flash utility and new image.
Run flash utility.
Pray it goes well and the power does not go out.

Horror stories aside, it is a pretty easy task. The chipset makers likevia,sis, promise dumped a flock of bogus sets on the world lately that are requiring all kinds of patches. You might want to verify that one of these patches won't cure your ills before you gun the engine so to say.
Open your box and look for a chip on the motherboard that has an identifier. It will say VIA, or SiS, ect. Then go to their website and look for their patches.
Via is http://www.cyrix.com
SiS is http://www.sis.com.tw/index-1.htm

You would be amazed at what can be cured by these patches.

Good Luck Lee

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