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How to successfully flash your bios on a laptop

Don't do it. Don't even think about it. 99% of all bios don't need to be flashed or updated. Unless you have a specific problem with your bios and you go into the manufacturer's website and can read about the bios updates and see your problem as one of the ones that the bios update fix, don't update your bios. It's not going to make your computer run any better, it's not going to cure all the problems you have. About half the time it just messes up your computer or can ruin it. A lot of motherboard manufacturers have come up with Windows based programs to flash the bios but if they fail then you have to go back to the old method and they usually require having a floppy disk which most computers don't come with anymore. If you're one of those people that want to play around with your computer and do a little experimenting you're must better off to go format your harddrive, wipe it clean and start all over. Then you can go find all your new driver updates, software updates, find all the files you just deleted off your computer cause you forgot to backup before you formatted it. It's a lot more fun than flashing and updating your bios because your computer will still work when you get done.

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I have a Packard Bell iMedia 2350 that uses the Gigabyte motherboard GA-K8VM800MNF. I have replaced the IDE hard disk with a sata drive. The bios does not see the hard disk and now I am trying to find


I don't think updating the bios will change anything, it's just updates for processors if you look here: Bios Update.

Motherboard Manual here

I don't know which drive you have and your's is a gigabyte board but some motherboards have a problem finding sata2 drives even though the drives are supposed to be backwards compatible. Read this asus board

Jan 31, 2012 | Intel Motherboard

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i neeb bios update for sahara laptop al096


Don't do it unless there is a VERY COMPELLING REASON. BIOS flash upgrades don't always go well. If it fails for ANY reason, you are out of business ... rarely can you go back with success.

This is a case of if it ain't broke - don't fix it.

Thanks for your question @ FixYa.com

Sep 05, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I want to upgrade the Award Bios


Don't do it. Don't even think about it. 99% of all bios don't need to be flashed or updated. Unless you have a specific problem with your bios and you go into the manufacturer's website and can read about the bios updates and see your problem as one of the ones that the bios update fix, don't update your bios. It's not going to make your computer run any better, it's not going to cure all the problems you have. About half the time it just messes up your computer or can ruin it. A lot of motherboard manufacturers have come up with Windows based programs to flash the bios but if they fail then you have to go back to the old method and they usually require having a floppy disk which most computers don't come with anymore. If you're one of those people that want to play around with your computer and do a little experimenting you're must better off to go format your harddrive, wipe it clean and start all over. Then you can go find all your new driver updates, software updates, find all the files you just deleted off your computer cause you forgot to backup before you formatted it. It's a lot more fun than flashing and updating your bios because your computer will still work when you get done.

Dec 05, 2009 | FIC AN11 Motherboard

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Toshiba motherboard short?


Did you boot up successfully after the bios update?
If not then that is most likely the cause. If the bios update is interrupted before it completes, the will not load successfully. If that happens there is no back up for the bios. You will need to physically remove the bios chip and replace it with another.

As far as the plane trip there are no conditions specifically related to the pressurized cabin of an aircraft that would be harmful to a laptop.

Although It's unlikely it is possible that the bios had an issue that did not surface immediately after the update.
Most of the time even with a shorted motherboard some components will initialize, for instance the hard drive or system beep alerts. If you hear nothing then chances are it's the bios. Without that the motherboard doesn't even know it's a motherboard.
Hope this helps

Oct 06, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite (K000004080) Motherboard

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