2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2010 12:54 PM by Curious592

    Need to Update Bios?


      I'm not a super techy, and I couldn't find a quick answer elsewhere.  Had a severe system crash with XP home.  MS says my bios is out of date and could be causing the problem.  According to the info I've found, I have an Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 @ 1.8 GHz, D946GZIS, X86-based PC Family 6 model 15.  The bios version/date is: TS94610J.86A.0025.2006.0703.1026, 7/3/2006.  The Intel autoscan for updates wouldn't run (busy or unavailable).  Do I really need to update the BIOS?  This is the second time in a year I've had this happen. Last time my tech person said I didn't need to update, but he added more RAM (I'd been doing extensive video editing)

        • 1. Re: Need to Update Bios?

          Dear fellow survivor.  If you've been doing stressfull editing I think you can expect a limited system life span.  A healthy power supply is probably urgently needed before anything is seriously damaged like your hard drive.  The stress on the hard drive is also a concern.  Even better, consider a new system in the near future.

          • 2. Re: Need to Update Bios?

            I rechecked your post to see if you were using Aero but it is XP so that is not relevant.  I never had a problem updating the BIOS with a 945WH board so there is no reason not to.  Also XP probably has a limit of 2GB RAM so more than that is of questionable value.  I don't blanket recommend Win 7 but for video editing it would seem to be a good idea.  Two crashes in a year may not be bad if you are using multiple apps.  Vista and Win 7 allow for more graceful closing of apps to avoid actual crashes.  See TomsHardware.com for a discussion of memory management for graphics.  You may be as well off with your system.  The BIOS and INF should be reasonably up to date on any system, especially if you change hardware or update software.