How to Update Phoenix BIOS

By TS Jordan

Updating your BIOS is sometimes necessary to fix compatibility issues with the hardware of your computer, or just to keep your machine as up-to-date as possible. Although updating BIOS is simple, you should be cautious before making the decision to upgrade--if the process goes wrong, you will likely be facing a modest bill at your local computer repair shop. While the likelihood of catastrophic failure is slight, it is still worth mentioning to prevent future headaches.

Things You'll Need

  • Floppy or flash drive

Step 1

Go online and download the latest BIOS revision from your motherboard manufacturer. You can find your motherboard manufacturer by looking in your computer instruction manual or by calling your computer manufacturer. Only download the BIOS from your motherboard manufacturer's site, as the BIOS revisions posted there are guaranteed to work with your system. Save the revision to either a flash drive or a 3.5-inch floppy (for older computers).

Step 2

Run the accompanying BIOS update program if you have a newer computer that can update BIOS from within an operating system. If you are unsure, check with either your motherboard instruction manual or your computer manufacturer for the best way to update BIOS. If you can update from within the OS, simply run the designated program and follow the on-screen instructions for a painless BIOS update.

Step 3

Reboot your computer if you are unable to update from within the OS. During the reboot, hit the required key to enter BIOS (usually "esc" or "del") as prompted by your computer during the startup messages. When in BIOS, go to the "Boot" menu and change the first boot device to the "A" drive or the 3.5-inch floppy.

Step 4

Insert the disc containing your new BIOS into your computer and reboot the machine. It should detect the new BIOS revision during startup, prompting the beginning of the update cycle. Follow the on-screen instructions from this point on to complete the update process.