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Windows 7: Where do I extract bios and chipset drivers to?

24 Jun 2010   #11
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

OK, There's plenty of qualified people here to help you out with that, unfortunately

I'm not one of them. I do know that you don't need any program to tell you if you

need to update your drivers. There will be more qualified people along to help you

as soon as they see this.


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24 Jun 2010   #12
blanchflower

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the kind advise, mate!

I just called the official gateway support center and they advised me to bring my laptop to the service center to check. They also told me that it is not advisable to update my BIOS. Is this really true??

I will keep you guys informed about this problem once this is resolved!

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24 Jun 2010   #13
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blanchflower View Post
Thanks for the kind advise, mate!

I just called the official gateway support center and they advised me to bring my laptop to the service center to check. They also told me that it is not advisable to update my BIOS. Is this really true??

I will keep you guys informed about this problem once this is resolved!

You're very welcome mate!

Honestly, that sounds like good advice! You would be better off with a

professional fixing your computer.

And do let us know how it turns out.
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24 Jun 2010   #14
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

1) You dont have to necessarily update your bios. Updating makes sense only if the new version resolves a known problem or otherwise brings some beneficial new feature. If your hardware is working fine, theres no need to update. Go through the changelog of the new bios on the Gateway site. It'll tell you whats new in this version.

What I also do in such a case is to google for the new bios number. There would be dozens of people who are already using the new bios. Go through the search results. You'll be able to get a fair idea of whats good and bad in the new bios.

2) If your computer was designed for vista, it'll likely run win7 fine. Reason is hardware requirements for win7 are not as stringent. In fact people have been running win7 on ancient machines. IDK what the maintenance shop means by saying installing win7 could lead to potential problems. The best way to find out is to run the Win7 upgrade advisor. It'll tell you exactly what deficient hardware there is, if any.

Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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24 Jun 2010   #15
blanchflower

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by blanchflower View Post
Thanks for the kind advise, mate!

I just called the official gateway support center and they advised me to bring my laptop to the service center to check. They also told me that it is not advisable to update my BIOS. Is this really true??

I will keep you guys informed about this problem once this is resolved!

You're very welcome mate!

Honestly, that sounds like good advice! You would be better off with a

professional fixing your computer.

And do let us know how it turns out.
Well, I just talked to them and they told me that if this is a software problem, all my current data would be lost.

As I do not have an external hard disk and did not do any back ups pf my files yet, I decided not to send my laptop for repair. If I did, I would only get back the laptop within 7 working days, potentially losing all my current data.

Besides, the problem I am having is not a serious issue to me. I can always watch DVD movies using VLC media player or Windows Media Classic player. Also, as for watching Youtube videos, I can always untick enable hardware acceleration and the flash videos will run just fine.

As for gaming, I did not face any issues at all. Of course, if the problem gets worse, for example, unticking enable hardware acceleration DOES NOT solve the problem, then I would most definitely send my laptop for major servicing. Also, if I face this problem during gaming, I would send my laptop for servicing too!

As an extra protection, I have decided to purchase an extra 2 years warranty for my beloved laptop in case these issues pop up in the future during gaming or watching Flash videos with disabling hardware acceleration.

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24 Jun 2010   #16
blanchflower

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
1) You dont have to necessarily update your bios. Updating makes sense only if the new version resolves a known problem or otherwise brings some beneficial new feature. If your hardware is working fine, theres no need to update. Go through the changelog of the new bios on the Gateway site. It'll tell you whats new in this version.

What I also do in such a case is to google for the new bios number. There would be dozens of people who are already using the new bios. Go through the search results. You'll be able to get a fair idea of whats good and bad in the new bios.

2) If your computer was designed for vista, it'll likely run win7 fine. Reason is hardware requirements for win7 are not as stringent. In fact people have been running win7 on ancient machines. IDK what the maintenance shop means by saying installing win7 could lead to potential problems. The best way to find out is to run the Win7 upgrade advisor. It'll tell you exactly what deficient hardware there is, if any.

Download details: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
I did that a few months ago and did not find any issues.
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24 Jun 2010   #17
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There are 2 ways for you to update the BIOS:

1. DOS mode

a. First at all you need a DOS bootable USB device (floppy/CD also) for the DOS mode.
b. Ensure that the DOS package has been unzip and saved onto the DOS
bootable USB device of your choice (floppy/CD also).
c. After ensuring you are in the DOS mode, you will go to the saved file directory
d. Type in the command of “BIOS.bat”
e. Then the flash process should be started


2. Windows Mode

a. Before using the windows mode package, you need to ensure what OS you are on. Vista/Win7 32 or Vista/Win7 64?
b. Inside the package, you should copy the proper folder into your system
c. Run the executable file in “Administrators” Mode, ie: select the executable file and right click. You will see an option “Run as Administrator”. Select it to start the flashing process.

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I would recommend you have a copy of the current bios on hand in case something goes wrong with the upgrade so you can put it back. Good luck with this issue and If you don't feel comfortable with this upgrade I would get professional help. I have however updated multiple system bios. It was necessary for my upgrade to Windows 7 x64 stability (including Nvidia drivers by the way) and for my Dell C640 laptop to use 2gb ram so there are good reasons to do it if you need to, just don't do it unless you NEED to. I agree with what everyone here says about Windows 7 on your pc.....if it is Vista capable is it DEFINITELY Windows 7 capable.
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