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Windows 7: How do i Update my BIOS

08 Oct 2009   #1

Windows XP
 
 
How do i Update my BIOS

Hi guys, im having trouble running seven 64bit with 4GB of ram, i searched on google and found out some other people with my mother board have the same problem with 64 bit operating systems, i looked on the website for any recent drivers, and i saw they did have alot of recent ones for windows 7 64 bit, i also saw they had a BIOS update which read "Fixed system report incorrect memory size when install 4G memory." i can only assume this will fix the problem, but im worried about updating the BIOS just from hearing that it can be potentially damaging, how would i go about doing this in the safest way possible?

here is my motherboard's website: MSI Global – Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

and here are my system specs:

OS: Windows 7 64Bit
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8400 3.0GHZ
Motherboard: MSI G31M3 V2 (MS-7529)
Memory: 4GB
Graphics Card: GeForce 7600
Sound Card: Creative SB0312 Audigy LS Sound Card
Monitor: Acer AL1916W
Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB

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08 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

When going to update the bios on any board usually only when a problem is being seen not simply just toss the latest on because it's newer you first review the board's own user manual for the instructions seen there. Some boards have an online option for direct updating seen at post time.

Many updates will be the Winflash type where you simply download the update and run it while booted in Windows. The old days of booting up from a 3 1/2" floppy disk and making sure to copy one particular file onto the root of the hard drive as well as on the floppy are gone.

That's where you had to type the new name exactly by type "old version - ren - new version" without the dashes of course. The "ren" stood for the rename command. First looking over information on how to backup the present bios is advised for most and especially for someone who has never flashed a bios or run any bios updates. In case of any mishap with the newer version the old one can be restored.
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08 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

It appears on the link you provided that you can update your bios by clicking on the Live update circle at the bottom of the page. Like Night Hawk made reference to above you should only update your bios after reviewing exactly what the updated bios fix addresses. If it is something that you need then update it. Follow the sites update guide.
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08 Oct 2009   #4

Windows XP
 
 

hey guys thanks for the replies, yea i just noticed that live update thing at the bottom, i installed it, and it gives me the BIOS update in a setup install file, do you guys think i should run it? or do it manually?
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08 Oct 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Unless you know PRECISELY what you're doing, flashing a bios is best left for someone who has done it before.. It is so easy to totally bork your system as to make it useless, and unrecoverable.. Are you updating it because there is a problem, or just because its available??
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08 Oct 2009   #6

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

ya you have to run it if you wanna update your bios.
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08 Oct 2009   #7

Windows XP
 
 

hey guys thanks again! it worked! i updated the BIOS and the drivers, im running windows 7 64bit on 4gb of ram, everything is even faster now, you guys are the best!
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08 Oct 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The setup file you downloaded was typical of the WinFlash type you run while booted in Windows not off of any bootable media. Generally those tend to go on easy without fuss as long as the download is intact and Windows is running good.

Getting familiar with any options to backup an existing bios version however before updating is simply a good idea just in case something stalls on you while newer boards are much easier to update.

Just the same I'm glad to see you got it on ok!
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08 Oct 2009   #9

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
The setup file you downloaded was typical of the WinFlash type you run while booted in Windows not off of any bootable media. Generally those tend to go on easy without fuss as long as the download is intact and Windows is running good.

Getting familiar with any options to backup an existing bios version however before updating is simply a good idea just in case something stalls on you while newer boards are much easier to update.

Just the same I'm glad to see you got it on ok!

thanks!
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03 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade 64 bit
 
 

I am having a similar problem but things went totally south. I did the live update because of the memory not being read correctly. saw this post and was glad to see that live update could be used through 64 bit. only problem is I did the winflash update and now i'm stuck at the MSI 870A-G54 screen that comes up before the post screen when I boot. It did reset itself once and posted with a "CMOS 'something' BAD MENU" at the bottom of the screen and asked to run setup or run defaults and continue.

New Addition: Just happened the screen went away and started flashing a cursor in top left corner of a black screen then went to a boot manager to load windows. This process took about 6 minutes in total to get to all of this. Curious if I will be having to do this for the rest of my time with this computer. I have tried this multiple times now and every time it takes about 3-6 minutes then sends me to a black screen with grey writing asking for a boot device and only allows me to boot windows 7. attempting to escape only sends me back to the screen before post and starts the process over again.

after i do get through the boot process that feels like it takes forever, the system does work fine. I just reformatted my computer about 2 days ago so if the only way to solve this is to reformat then thats what I will do. If rolling back the bios is a possibility, information on how to do that would be great.
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