Re: I have a Flash Rom Utility Disk

Re: I have a Flash Rom Utility Disk

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Posted by Henry on February 14, 2002 at 23:12:34:

In Reply to: I have a Flash Rom Utility Disk posted by Veronica on February 14, 2002 at 22:41:08:

: Hi,
: I have a Flash Rom Utility Disk (ExpertBoard)
: It came with my PC that was given to me as a gift.
: I am fairly curious and always reading up on information about technical monster jargon.
: I have: Pentium MMX 200 64ram
: OS Windows 98SE

: Program: Unicore Chip Detect v0.56 1999.12.30
: BIOS Date: 12/23/96
: BIOS Type: Award Modular BIOS v4.51PG
: BIOS ID: 12/23/96-i430VX-2A59GD0BC-00
: Chipset: Intel Triton 430VX rev 2

: Question: What will flashing my bios with the above information do to it?
: I need input(smile)
: Will it make it compatable with future cpu's or other components?
: Will performance be affected? (If so,,enlighten me)
: Have you a weblink of process to flash my PC?

: Obviously my xfriend had this disk for a reason.
: After having to reformat my c drive and add an extra drive, reinstalling my OS from Windows 95 to Windows 98SE I wondered if I am meant to FLASH as well?

: Looking forward to your input!
: Sincerely
: Veronica

NEVER "update" BIOS unless you have a definite NEED to do so and there is no reasonable way to avoid it. It is most likely that the former owner has already flashed the BIOS. Flashing it again would corrupt your CMOS Settings at best and if something goes wrong you could corrupt your BIOS to the point where the PC would not operate.

If your PC is working OK just file the diskette away; it is highly unlikely that you will ever need it. If your PC is NOT working as you'd like - please post details of what is happening that you don't like. If you want to explore what information is available online from DataExpert try:

Probably very little to gain by a CPU change - next fastest Pentium would be P233 MMX, only slightly faster and it is unlikely that you would NOTICE a difference (well, go for it if you can find a free one). You'd need to get into AMD CPUs to go any faster - and that would introduce another set of problems (power supply, CPU cooling, system bus speed and more).

Suggest that you read the posts on Driver Forum every day (BIOS, Hard Disk, CPU and others that appeal to you) - you will learn LOTS by reading about the problems others have and the "solutions" we suggest!

As forums go, this one is pretty civilized nearly all of the time. You won't be ridiculed about your questions (answers - maybe, but NOT your questions).

Hope this helps,

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