First of all, you should know that the BIOS that ships with your motherboard is not necessarily the latest version or the most stable version. Reputable motherboard manufacturers constantly improve on their motherboard BIOS and regularly release BIOS updates.
These BIOS updates are important because they correct bugs and sometimes provide additional capabilities. You can think of them as driver updates or software patches. You should always keep the motherboard BIOS up to date.
In the picture below, you can see the list of changes in two BIOS updates for the ABIT NF7-S motherboard.
Details of BIOS updates for the ABIT NF7-S motherboard.
As you can see, the bug fixes and feature enhancements are both numerous and important. It really pays to keep your BIOS updated!
How Do I Update The BIOS?
The process of updating the BIOS can be summarized into the following steps :-
- Determining your BIOS version.
- Obtaining the appropriate BIOS update.
- Preparing a BIOS flash disk.
- Flashing the motherboard BIOS.
We will now go through the process step-by-step.
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