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should I flash the bios?

By thepubear ·
I have an Asus M2NPV-VM mobo with an amd 3800+ dual core processor. When I go to the asus website, I find that for my chip, it says i have to have M2NPV-VM Beta BIOS 1301 bios.

Needless to say, the word Beta sends up warning flags. I flashed the bios with the next previous bios for this mobo, 1201. But since I habitually will run two instances of everquest 2 on my computer as I play that game, I do look for ever edge.

My question therefore is simple. Do I need and should I flash my bios with the 1301 or beta bios? What exactly do I gain in the way of speed/performance?

hmmm, anybody also know where I can find info on bios settings for this? As in when I go into the bios what options should I set? Predominantly I went with the default, except for things like boot order.

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On the bios website in question, it will tell you..

What the update includes. Now the saying goes: If it is not broken why fix it.
Is your computer working ok?, if so then do not update it.
If you go ahead and do the update, and anything goes wrong like a power outage then you bios chip could be toast. So the best thing is to get a UPS (universal power supply). Get this in place and then you can do it knowing you will be covered if the power goes down, it should give you in the region of 45 minutes of power.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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supported cpu's

by thepubear In reply to On the bios website in qu ...

Main reason I asked, is that the asus website says that this bios supports my cpu chip. When I look up their list of cpu's, it says that I need to go to this bios.

Since obviously my computer is running with an older bios, and ran with the original bios for quite a while, I guess my question is also, does it make a big difference if my current bios doesn't technically support my CPU chip, at least according the asus website?

I would have done it already if not for the word beta in the name. I will check again, to see if it tells me anything.

Checked and couldn't find any info on what it included. Will check again after awhile.

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Yes it makes a big difference

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to supported cpu's

I guess my question is also, does it make a big difference if my current bios doesn't technically support my CPU chip, at least according the ASUS website?

The Beta version of this BIOS is the one you should be running. If you look at your CPU you'll find that either one core isn't supported correctly or that the Speed of it is wrong. As the Version of the BIOS you are running doesn't support your CPU you are taking a performance hit which will show when you push the unit.

Return it to what it was and live with it as it works as well as it's going to till at least ASUS produce a new BIOS Code which they may not. I've run M'Boards with the BETA BIOS without a problem for years particularly on some old Gigabyte M'Boards that where Dual Slot 1. As these are server boards they if anything are more susceptible to problems that just didn't arise.


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Unless your BIOS tells you to update - DON'T !!

by OldER Mycroft In reply to should I flash the bios?

If you need to update your BIOS your system will tell you at the conclusion of the POST when you boot up.

It matters not a whit that there may be a BIOS out there is the big bad world that you don't have, but it is also logical that since you bought your system, there are now newer CPUs out there that you don't have. Any revision of the BIOS is intended for these newer CPUs, not for the older chip that you have.

Updating your BIOS cannot and will not make your CPU any faster, if anything it may well cripple it completely! You have to understand that some BIOS upgrades will kill your system completely, because they are designed and released on the site for particular combinations of CPU and RAM, which occur from time to time.

But assuming that the latest BIOS is akin to 'Go-Faster-Stripes' on an old car, is about as much good as it will do for your system. Indeed, if you ever stuck 'Go-Faster-Stripes' on an old car you'd realise that the only thing you actually accomplished was to add weight to the car itself, thereby making it go slower!

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