Troubleshooting BIOS flash problems

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 9 March 2012 / Last Updated on 9 March 2012]

You flash the BIOS on a computer to update the BIOS and now it won't start. What do you do?

You flash the BIOS on a computer to update the BIOS and now it won't start. What do you do?

A better question is, What should I have done first before flashing the BIOS on my computer?  Unfortunately it's all too easy to flash the wrong update and end up accidentally zeroing your machine's BIOS.  To prevent the frustration and waste of time that can result from such mistakes, or to recover from a scenario where your BIOS is trashed and you can't get it to work again, check out http://biosman.com.  You can order replacement BIOS chips from them, and if your computer is important to you it's a good idea to purchase a replacement BIOS before you attempt to flash the existing one on your machine—just in case!

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

 

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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