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Windows 7: Do i need to upgrades my Bios?

17 Nov 2009   #1
sk8chalif

Windows Xp
 
 
Do i need to upgrades my Bios?

Before read sorry for the english,

Hi .I just got my Windows 7 pro 64bit today and before i installed it i searched on the net if there any problem with the p5QL PRO MotherBoard,(Bios Version) anyway

right now my bios version/date 0902, 28/11/2008.

i never updates a bios before i dont want to blow up my motherboard either lol

i looked on support.asus and i found updates, version 1001 or higher 1004

but i dont want to upgrades it if i dont need too , anyones know if i realy need to upgrades it to support win 7

cause i saw many thread here talking about win 7 64bit that dont work well with 9800GT
i dunno if the driver are the cause or the motherboard itself,


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17 Nov 2009   #2
Prefontaine

Windows7
 
 

For my Asus motherboard - The Windows7 CD and /or Windows update installed the correct drivers and settings for my motherboard. However a newer bios update from asus may be suggested for yours. But if your computer is working well, then probablly you already have what you need. These guys here should be able to tell you if a bios update is suggested for your board.
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17 Nov 2009   #3
sk8chalif

Windows Xp
 
 

i just dont want to risk to updates it. i dont realy know how and i hear the motherboard can end up bad, well my windows xp right now is good and i tested the win7 beta 32bit but at the time i did not found any good sound driver for my card so i just returned to xp, i never realy tested if my game worked,i wll install win 7 tomorrow probably and see what happend i guess -.-
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17 Nov 2009   #4
slithernet

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail RTM, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I just used that motherboard on 1 of the last machines I built, Win7 installed fine and had no issues with drivers. I don't remember what vid card I used, but it was nvidia.
I wouldn't update the bios unless you have some problems
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17 Nov 2009   #5
coolfire

7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slithernet View Post
I just used that motherboard on 1 of the last machines I built, Win7 installed fine and had no issues with drivers. I don't remember what vid card I used, but it was nvidia.
I wouldn't update the bios unless you have some problems
Well, I think that is really sound advice!
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18 Nov 2009   #6
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I agree with not upgrading unless you are having problems, but keep in mind that you may run into a problem that a newer version of the BIOS could've fixed.

On one of my sister's desktops the BIOS she had was faulty and ended up killing the motherboard, she never updated her BIOS and there was a version that fixed the issue that killed her desktop.

Something to think about.
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18 Nov 2009   #7
gregrocker

 

Most BIOS updates will tell you what they are improving. For example, if I want to boot from USB but can't and the BIOS update says it will enable USB booting, I will use it. But if it doesn't and the improvements offered don't cover what I need, I avoid doing it.

Do others rely on the fixes listed in BIOS update? Is this enough? Also, is it true that they have to be done in order, and how is one certain of this?
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18 Nov 2009   #8
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Most BIOS updates will tell you what they are improving. For example, if I want to boot from USB but can't and the BIOS update says it will enable USB booting, I will use it. But if it doesn't and the improvements offered don't cover what I need, I avoid doing it.

Do others rely on the fixes listed in BIOS update? Is this enough? Also, is it true that they have to be done in order, and how is one certain of this?
In order? I was lead to believe BIOS updates just replaced the old one, not updated it. Maybe its different for HP's
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18 Nov 2009   #9
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Most BIOS updates will tell you what they are improving. For example, if I want to boot from USB but can't and the BIOS update says it will enable USB booting, I will use it. But if it doesn't and the improvements offered don't cover what I need, I avoid doing it.

Do others rely on the fixes listed in BIOS update? Is this enough? Also, is it true that they have to be done in order, and how is one certain of this?
I went from JFL92 1.6 -> JFL92 1.8 with no issue (COMPAL PHOENIX BIOS)...

Could be different with other manufacturers
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18 Nov 2009   #10
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Good sound advice from everyone, Bios updates can be risky and there are a lot of things to be put in place before proceding (such as disabling AV, making sure your power supply is stable, reset your bios to default, removing all devices etc.)
The reality is i would only update (flash) the bios as a last resort and it addressed the problem i was having and i could not correct it any other way
If you ever decide you need to update your Bios Please spend some time doing google research so you can make an informed decission & Execute the procedure safely
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