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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Computer help (building computer) bios

So I am building my first computer. I am told that the driver cd for the motherboard I bought is out of date and not to use it. Do I update bios before I install the OS or after? Remember this is my first computer build so I am very much a newbie. So do I just go ahead, turn on the computer, and then install Windows xp, then download the new bios?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 05:25 PM
 
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I don't think I've ever updated my home BIOS. Not unless there is some very useful feature that I need. But yea, if you're going to update the BIOS, right after you get the PC up and running is the time to do so.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 05:30 PM
 
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if it's a driver (or even firmware), you should NOT need to update your bios. lone gone are the days where you have to update motherboard bios.

loading winxp should have a default basic driver for the cdrom to use to load xp on to your hd. once you have the os loaded, you can go to the manufacturer's website and download and install the latest/greatest drivers/firmware.

i have serious doubts about you having to update your bios...
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 10:14 PM
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I updated my bios couple of times.
I have a ASUS board. I trust this guys.
If you load wrong Bios, or you loose power, you in big trouble.
You will need new board.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2005, 10:32 PM
 
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Apples and Oranges.... The driver CD for your motherboard is not directly related to the bios. What it means is that your (I'm making some basic assumptions here) onboard sound, lan, etc drivers on the CD that was issued with your motherboard are out of date (or otherwise had bugs) and they have better versions available. Don't fuck with the bios. Just load windows. If your Lan drivers don't work from the motherboard CD, you may need another computer with an active internet connection to download the new drivers. From there, you are set. This is not a BIOS issue at all. I've built tons of computers and flashed many of bios...this is a very basic issue.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2005, 04:23 AM
 
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you dont want to mess with the bios when your new to computers, especially with flashing.

Once your computer is all together. Turn your computer on. The screen will say press "........" to get into setup or bios setup etc...

press that button, if your too slow, just press ctrl alt del or turn your puter off and on again.

once in bios setup, look for boot sequence. Change it so that its CD drive, A drive then Harddrive or CD then harddrive.

save and exit

put windows xp cd in the drive and reboot your computer. The computer will boot off the cd and just follow the instructions.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2005, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, so I went to install winxp and after it finished formating it had an error, then restarted and a message saying "NTDLR missing" this keeps popping up in an endless loop and I can't get anywhere....???
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2005, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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figured out the answer....I just changed it to boot to the cd in the bios
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