I think you should update the BIOS, with Dells because if you ever call technical support, a lot of times they ask you if you have the lastest BIOS. Just make sure that you battery is charged and that its plugged in when you do the update. The biggest chance of the process to crach your computer is if during the update, the power goes out, but with a full battery and ac adapter the odds of that happening are extremely slim.
Is there ever anything in the BIOS update that they don't mention on the download page? I looked at it, and it didn't look like anything important to me. I prefer to not modify working systems, especially with something like the BIOS. I'll let you guys try it for a while. Now if they introduce the speed doubling patch, I'll probably update.
Ok this is my first laptop (9300) and it is enroute UPS. How is it possible that I can get a brand new cutting edge laptop and the bios is already out of date. You mean to tell me when they loaded that thing on the line last week that the most current bios was not available???
What happens is that the motherboards come preloaded with the BIOS that was the latest at the time of production. In the meantime, Dell has released a newer version but they have yet to exhaust the current supply of the initial motherboards. Yes, they should update the BIOS to the latest version during assembly; however, that will take more time and it really doesn't affect system performance in most cases. I personally don't mind doing the updating myself.
Thankyou Joseyu, now that makes sense. Oh by the way, I ordered mine thru fatwallet for the extra 3% in fat cash. I called the next day and orderd an additional 9 cell battery to go with the 6 cell. I will ebay the 6 cell. When I orderd the battery on the phone, they cancelled the old order and I lost my fatcash. Called today and they are sending me a 256mb jump drive to make it right. $40 for the drive so it is a wash for me.