For the purposes of this article I am going to assume that you understand the risks of flashing your BIOS and have a good reason for upgrading your existing BIOS.
If are not familiar with the basics of flashing the BIOS or if you are not 100 percent sure that flashing your BIOS is the right thing to do then please read the companion article Three Good Reasons for Flashing Your BIOS. Misidentification of your motherboard make/model/revision number If you built your computer then you know the brand of the motherboard that you purchased and you will also likely know the model number. If you purchased your computer prebuilt, as most people do, then you probably don't know what is under the hood.
After all, PC performance is often unaffected by your BIOS version. When confronted with issues, most PC users will try everything in the book without realizing their issues stem from an outdated BIOS.
An outdated BIOS may limit PC performance, lower PC stability, debilitate overclock settings, and remain incompatible with certain devices.
It’s also responsible for testing your hardware components, like the hard drive and GPU, through a sequence called POST (Power-On Self-Test).
Most are familiar with the BIOS through issues associated with hardware connection.
In this article, David Prowse explains the BIOS process, the importance of updating, or “flashing,” and offers steps for completing this update process.Look for the manufacturer, model number and a revision number.You can also get pertinent information from the initial POST screen.Given the importance of the BIOS, and the tasks it is in charge of, the BIOS can and should be updated, similar to how operating systems and applications are updated.The process of updating the BIOS is known as rasing the ROM chip (thus the EE in EEPROM), and re-writing a newer, updated BIOS.