Replacing your BIOS chip – how to update your system BIOS

Modern-day motherboards have EEPROM BIOS chips that can be reprogrammed by software. These are also referred to as flash PROM or flash ROM, the process by which they’re updated being known as flashing. If your BIOS isn’t flashable it’s still possible to update it – provided it’s housed in a socketed DIP or PLCC chip. This involves physically removing the existing chip and either replacing it after its been reprogrammed with the later version of BIOS code or exchanging it for a completely new chip. Motherboard manufacturers generally provide a BIOS upgrade service for a limited period after a particular model of motherboard comes to market. During this period they should be able to provide you with a patched BIOS containing the latest enhancements and bug fixes. The replacement option may also appeal to some who actually have flashable BIOSes … but also have a nervous disposition! Notwithstanding the efforts motherboard manufacturers have made in recent years to simplify the process, the fact remains since flashing overwrites your existing BIOS, it has the potential of rendering your PC unusable should anything go wrong during the process or should you inadvertently use an incorrect BIOS file. For older motherboards there are a number of companies that provide a specialist BIOS chip replacement service. Some require that you send them your BIOS chip for reprogramming, others will simply send you a new chip provided you can provide them with the necessary detailed information on your motherboard and existing BIOS chip. Motherboard manufacturers: Abit AOpen Asus Chaintech Epox FIC Gigabyte MSI Shuttle Soyo Transcend Tyan. BIOS chip replacement services: BadFlash.Com BIOS-Programming Service...

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