The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is critical to the proper operation of your computer.
It is the first code that is executed at start-up and defines the way your motherboard will communicate with the system hardware components.
Flashing your BIOS for a fix that is not needed As you can see from the example above, it is often difficult to understand exactly what was implemented with a BIOS upgrade.
It is equally difficult for the average PC user to determine if any of the hardware in their system is included in the fix.
Vista users will need to run IE Explorer or Firefox as an Administrator to allow it to work.
I could not find a revision number on my motherboard.
Download the file for the exact make/model/revision of your motherboard.
The flash utility included in the download should match the BIOS manufacturer information on the initial POST screen. The acronym AFU stands for the Award Flash Update Utility.
If are not familiar with the basics of flashing the BIOS or if you are not 100 percent sure that flashing your BIOS is the right thing to do then please read the companion article Three Good Reasons for Flashing Your BIOS. Misidentification of your motherboard make/model/revision number If you built your computer then you know the brand of the motherboard that you purchased and you will also likely know the model number. If you purchased your computer prebuilt, as most people do, then you probably don't know what is under the hood.
This file is over 12GB , so it can take several hours to download depending upon your internet connection speed. ZIP archive to a folder on your local computer before reading the included instruction files and using the included USB key creation utility file.
You will also need a blank USB memory stick with a capacity of 14GB or larger.
It is not uncommon to find something similar to this. If you do, are you using the S3 STR (Suspend To RAM) Sleep option in Windows and having problems with it?
You can't expect your motherboard manufacturer to explain what E6400 and S3 mean, but they should be able to explain what the problem was that was fixed.
Look for the manufacturer, model number and a revision number.