Originally Posted by saugen48
No, these BIOS upgrades come out to fix very specific problems on specific models. If that particular problem is not happening with the laptop in question, its best not to try them.(Dont try and fix something that isnt broken) Most often the fastest way to trash and working laptop. Then, the only alternative is to go to a 3rd party company to have the original BIOS flashed which could cost $100 or more
so the instructions that are written that are updated to correct issues known to occur with a system is not worth to update and keeping the older instructions which do not help prevent from certain failures to occur is the best option?
When the BIOS gets updated, it almost always backs up the original if there is an issue for some reason during the flash.
I have done easily over 1,000 BIOS updates in my lifetime and NEVER once had an issue with doing it. If you can install a program in your O.S. then you can do a BIOS update...
Here is an example for you...... HP came out with a BIOS update for their dv2000/dv6000/dv9000 series notebooks to have the fans come on sooner to prevent heat related northbridge and southbridge failures which is common in those models. They lose video, get distorted video, and lose WiFi. HP knows about and was replacing boards for people at no cost to them if they had the specific model.
So in your logic, you would of not updated your BIOS which would of helped the unit run cooler by having the fan turn on sooner? This is a problem you could of avoided if you would of done the recommended update by HP in this example...
Here is another example. Toshiba A100/105 series has known issues where the USB ports fail. Toshiba came out with a BIOS update a couple years ago which corrected the problem.
Would you of not done the update to prevent your USB ports from failing or would you of waited for the problem to happen first?