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BIOS Upgrade I have a Mesh PC fitted with an ASUS ATX Micro NForce 4 939 PCI motherboard. I have just replaced my AMD Athlon 3500 chip with an AMD Athlon X2 4200, which runs fine. However I have heard that one can get a BIOS update that will make the most of the new chip. Is this correct and if so, where can I get it and what is it called?

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Re: BIOS Upgrade

Please read the following statement from ASUS:

All BIOS posted at ASUS Website is for products sold and packaged by ASUS. BIOS for products sold and packaged in other vendors systems should be downloaded from web sites indicated on their product information / support guide. Updating the BIOS only if you have problems and you are sure that the new BIOS revision will solve your problems.
Careless updating may result to more problems with the motherboard!

I suggest that you contact MESH Computers for specific updates!


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Re: BIOS Upgrade

Bios update will be avilable in the site of your motherboard itself

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