update bios

You bought (or received) a new computer, but it’s been a bit of time now and you may be experiencing some strange things.  Things such as quirks with icons in the system tray, battery readings that are off (but the battery is fine), and various hardware not functioning as well as it should or could.  What could be going on?

I had written earlier about upgrading firmware.  Another area for you to review is flash your BIOS.  This is important because … well, it’s the only way to upgrade this area of your equipment.  And this is an important area!

The BIOS is boot firmware, designed to be the first code run by a PC when powered on. The initial function of the BIOS is to identify, test, and initialize system devices such as the video display card, hard disk, floppy disk and other hardware. (from Wikipedia)

So, the first area of code run is by the BIOS, and it identifies, test and starts up system devices.  Upgrading your BIOS will allow hardware a better interface with your system and take full advantage of software capabilities.  Well, perhaps that is why this can help when upgrading your machine’s capability!

Even if your machine is pretty new, you may need to look for updates to your BIOS.  Why?  Well, much of the software world is written to take over from these basic commands the BIOS stores to get the machine up and running, but there are still areas where good information from the BIOS isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s really a large impact on the hardware / software performance on the machine.

Of course, you’ll need to find out what BIOS is in your machine and how to flash it for the update.  Some manufacturers (like Dell) have all your machine’s drivers and updates available on their website (just by entering the service tag number you can get all of that information).  In other instances you will need to find out all the information yourself, or use something like Wim’s BIOS page.

I hope this gives you a bit more information on BIOS and what it does (and why you need to update yours).  Take care!