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Whats the safest way to flash a motherboard BIOS?

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    I downloaded the latest bios for my P35A and I have the FoxLiveUpdate whitch updates it and installs the bios automaticly but is it safe? I know its from the manufacturer them selves so it must but is it the safest way? I heard you can kill the mobo if you flash it and it goes bad or something so I really wanna be safe. :toast:
     
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    Using thier utility is probablly the easiest as it doesn't require you going into the BIOS and using a floppy or flash drive.
     
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    Ok im about to let the foxconn tool flash my bios should I be scared :(
     
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    yes
     
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    I dont think I will then I wont be overclocking for awile..
     
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    its not that bad, iv flashed a few mobos, all went well, one was even forced to take a diff bios,
    does the foxconn utility flash in windows? make sure as much stuff is shut off if you do,(av, etc)
     
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    Yea its from windows, im using XP X64 tho so idk if I should or not. I dont have any flash drives or floppy drives either :(
     
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    cd drive? theres ways of doing it that way,
    edit - if its an award bios post the file,if you want i could take a look thru it with modbin to see if theres anything locked.
     
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    no I dont have a CD drive :p j/k is that safer than windows flashing?
     
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    same as floppy, its just putting dos an the flash utility on disk.
     
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    Is it safe to flash from the May 2007 BIOS(what im on now) to the Feb 2008 ones or do I have to do the individual ones?
     
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    just get the latest one, no need to go through all the older versions.
     
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    to make this thread more fun - think of the OTHER kind of flashing.
    Its best done in the privacy of your own home, with no cameras or children present.
    Trenchcoat optional.

    Personally i prefer DOS with a flash drive, its harder but far less likely to go wrong. floppies are just too scary to think of using.
     
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    hp's usb disk storage format tool is quite handy.
    also msi has a tool http://forum.msi.com.tw/index.php?topic=108079.0

    and if you want to make a rescue disk incase of bad flash make an autoexec.bat file on the disk with this command
    AWDFLASH.EXE xxxxxx.BIN /CC /CD /CP /F /R /PY /SN
    will flash without pressing anything or if its the correct bios
     
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