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RE: PHOENIX BIOS

By Death_Charon ·
Hi,

Just like to check around with the experts, my current bios is the PhoenixBios 4.0 Release 6.0 but it is under Gateway system (who do not have an updated Bios patch). Can I update to the new Release 6.1? Will there be any problems?

I wouldalso like to check on how I can obtain the new Release 6.1 as I can't find a link to download the patch from the Phoenix site.

Please help me. Thank you very much for your help and attention in advanced.


Best wishes,

Ben

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RE: PHOENIX BIOS

by Death_Charon In reply to RE: PHOENIX BIOS

Point value changed by question poster.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to RE: PHOENIX BIOS

Hi,

Unless the BIOS has been tested and verified on your motherboard (and is consequently downloadable from Gateway's website) then I wouldn't touch it with a stick!

In fact, normally you dont update your BIOS unless you are having some sort of problem. Usually a device recognition problem but occasionally a performance problem. Its just too risky and rarely gives you any significant payoff.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by TheChas In reply to RE: PHOENIX BIOS

The 3 major BIOS vendors, (AMI, Award, Phoenix) create a base BIOS code for each new revision.
This code needs to be "customized" for each different motherboard configuration. When they create a new revision of the base BIOS code, it is usually toprovide support for new features in motherboard chipsets. This will not provide any "new" features to an existing chipset. The only place to download the "correct" BIOS code for your particular motherboard is from the motherboard / system Mfg.

Unless the motherboard / system mfg. determines that there is a need to revise the BIOS for a particular system, they will not issue a new version. Even when they do, it usually is the same revision of the base BIOS code.

If you believe that an updated BIOS will benefit your system, you can contact Unicore software.
They are a 3rd party company that creates custom BIOS updates for PCs. A BIOS update from Unicore is around $70.

At $70, there are many safer upgrades to improve system performance.

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by D_V Ant In reply to RE: PHOENIX BIOS

A majority of the time, the OEM computer makers will license the BIOS from Phoenix or Award or whomever, then customize it for their hardware. If Gateway doesn't offer an upgrade, I don't recommend using one from any other web site. The are companies that will write a custom BIOS for you (for about $60 to $100), but ti tis usually cheaper to replace the motherboard.
Again, If Gateway doesn't offer one, you're best bet is to stay with what you have. Using the wrong BIOS can render your motherboard useless necessitating replacement.

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by Death_Charon In reply to RE: PHOENIX BIOS

Hi guys,

Thanks for your advices.

The problem I face was that the detection by PhoenixBIOS was not very user friendly :) and I need to tweak it quite a bit before it can detect new devices that I have added (even so, it can't allow me to configure the device).

I really appreciate the time you guys spent on helping me. Thanks once again.

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by wlbowers In reply to RE: PHOENIX BIOS

Go to this site:

http://www.esupport.com/

remove spaces that occur during copy and paste.

They have a bios agent that you can download and run. It will give you an option from within the agent to request an upgrade from their techs. You can also call them. (800) number.

Lee

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