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01 September 2011

Techie Bunnies, reassure me please. [More:]
I've been having netbook boot-up problems, and after Googling, I found a forum which has the exact same problem and what appears to be the solution (a BIOS update, in case you can't be arsed to read it).

So I went to the Toshiba website and have downloaded the zip file of the updated BIOS and intend to leave the netbook on overnight (in case it doesn't boot up tomorrow morning) and then follow these instructions to the letter. I'll have the netbook alongside the PC so I can read the instructions on the PC. I'm not technically savvy but I can follow step-by-step instructions.

I've never touched a BIOS before. Is there anything I need to be aware of? I intend to disconnect from the internet and close all programmes and I'm backing up everything I need onto my external HD in case it all goes horribly wrong.

Anything else I should do or know?

The main thing you don't want is any interruption of the power while the update is taking place. I have updated the bios on a number of machines and have never had a problem. Of course, I don't know anything about your particular machine...
posted by DarkForest 01 September | 14:39
I just ran the BIOS update and it's all working just fine. Phew!
posted by Senyar 01 September | 16:28
i am totally putting off the BIOS update on my new laptop

i'm like if something goes wrong what do I do exactly?
stop working? can't..
posted by Firas 01 September | 19:14
Just don't turn it off and on again, if nothing seems to be happening. Leave it until the message comes up that the new bios is installed and done (you'll get lots of other messages, so be sure that it is finished). Mine always takes way longer than I expected. If it fails, there are very few ways to recover.
My habit is to only update the BIOS if I really need a fix. Most of the updates are just to include the latest PC models in the whitelist - not worth updating for.
posted by Susurration 02 September | 20:25
My netbook is running like a new computer. Yay! I didn't even know that the BIOS could be updated. I love the net and all its useful information.

I wish we could update our office IT system - we're running Windows 2000 and Internet Explorer 6. The remote working system won't support anything later than XP, so anyone buying a new computer can't work from home.
posted by Senyar 03 September | 03:09
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