Gateway® SX2802-01 BIOS Upgrade

What is BIOS? Why do you need to upgrade it? What are the points to be kept in mind regarding its upgrade?

The Basic Input-Output System (BIOS) is a set of instructions contained on a special type of volatile memory chip built onto your motherboard that will control attached hardware. So, the BIOS of your Gateway® SX2802-01 desktop series lets you use the keyboard, see the display on the monitor, access the hard drive or DVD drive, etc., all without the need for an operating system. Effectively, BIOS is the firmware that carries you from the moment you power on your computer to the point where the operating system begins to take control and provide instructions to your system. It also lets you configure all the hardware in your system to a greater or lesser degree, which makes it an extremely important tool for your system.

In this article we will discuss how to manage and upgrade this crucial firmware and precautions that need to be taken while doing so :

  • Why do you need to upgrade your BIOS?

  • How do you upgrade your BIOS?

  • What are the precautions that should be taken?

Why do you need to upgrade your BIOS?

Though there are some risks involved in updating the BIOS if steps are not followed properly, it is advised that the motherboard should have an updated BIOS. An updated version will give your motherboard and the system as a whole to support newer technologies and advanced processors and features. This makes the system more stable as a whole. As most people are not aware of this process or do not perform it, BIOS upgrading has been simplified to quite an extent by manufacturers, as it lies in their own interest to have an updated PC that supports the latest features and offerings.

How do you upgrade your BIOS?

To begin upgrading you first need to locate the name and make of your motherboard and then look for an update. The upgrade or ‘flashing’, as the process is called, can be done automatically online, once you have figured out details and specifications about your BIOS. Updated files are available on your BIOS vendor’s website. The BIOS can also be flashed through software provided by manufacturers in the DOS® mode or flashed manually in the DOS® mode itself. Once flashing is over, the computer will ask you to ‘Reboot’, following which you can confirm the new BIOS details by entering the BIOS Set-up screen, by pressing the ‘Del’ key while in the Post Screen.

What are the precautions that should be taken?

One of the most important things to be kept in mind while flashing your BIOS is that the updated version is from a reliable source. While the flashing process is on, you also need to make sure that the electricity connection to your system is stable and the computer doesn’t get ‘Restarted’. If there are any fluctuations or loss of power, the BIOS will get corrupted and you will end up with a dead motherboard. However, these days motherboards also come up with the option of restoring your BIOS, if it gets corrupted in the process. Finally, update the BIOS only if you have information about it and know about the steps properly.

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