Gateway® EC14 Series BIOS Update

Why do you need to update the BIOS of Gateway® EC14 series notebook?


A computer's Basic Input-Output System (BIOS) is a software program that is stored on the ROM of your motherboard that controls attached hardware. BIOS helps the system processor in accessing the hard drive and in writing the text on screen. So “BIOS upgrade” really means an upgrade of all the programs stored on the motherboard ROM memory. Updating BIOS depends on the type of memory chip used in your system. There are basically two types of ROM chips that are used in computers; Mask-ROM (that cannot be updated by software) and Flash-ROM (that can be updated with the help of software). You can update the BIOS of Gateway® EC14 series notebook to update your system to accept a new hardware device or to fix a bug.


Given below are some of the points which require you to update the BIOS of your Gateway® EC14 series notebook:




  • Device details changes

  • To fix corrupt BIOS

  • To support new hardware



Device details changes



BIOS initializes the hardware and then starts the operating system. With the help of BIOS operating system and other applications, you can know about the exact details of hardware and other input and output devices installed on your system. When device details change in your Gateway® EC14 series notebook, the BIOS program needs to be updated. But it does not require you to change the operating system or any other applications on your notebook.



To fix corrupt BIOS



The BIOS can get corrupt when the update process in interrupted in between or you use a wrong BIOS update. In such a situation, you need to flash your corrupt BIOS and update to newer version in order to correct errors in the code of the original BIOS, called BUGS.



To support new hardware


To support new piece of hardware in your Gateway® EC14 series notebook, sometimes you need to update your BIOS. BIOS update helps you to add more features like larger hard drives, faster CPUs and even specialty devices, such as ZIP drives. Updating is also done when you need to improve caching functions and fix annoying issues from Gateway® EC14 series notebook.




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