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Updating my BIOS

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Ive never updated a BIOS and dont want to risk anything screwing up. My mobo is a ASRock ConRoe 945PL-GLAN and has BIOS 1.00 and was wondering if I had to use a floppy since I have no cds or jumpdrive to update? can I do it from windows?
 
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Did you perhaps check Asrock's Website, a good manufacturer will have instructions and usually provide the necessary flash software, some allow the use of winflash.
 
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ahhh with abit more searching I found a windows flasher, hope all goes well!

Now there is a v.1.50 bios will going from 1.00 to 1.50 go? sorry for the n00b questions just want it to work right!
 
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Some pointers:

Read the flashing instructions carefully
Make a backup of your existing BIOS (if you have that option)
Never do it if there's a chance of a power outage or brown-out

Watch the process carefully for any errors. It's usually rather uneventful, but even I get butterflies whenever I do a flash. If something goes "horribly" wrong, don't panic - there's almost always a way to recover, although it might take time.
 
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so should I update one version of the BIOS at a time or is it safe to get the latest one?
 
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I've never heard of needing to update incrementally.

I've always just grabbed the latest one, or one that I know fixes a problem. Be aware that sometimes with a BIOS update, they've fixed one thing, but broken another which is why they recommend updating only if you know it'll fix a problem you are having, or added features/HW support.
 
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wel I can overclock my proc in the bios but cant control voltage and I was gonna update to see if they added voltage control and I am supposed to have a Hybrid booster and cant seem to find what or where it is.