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BIOS version .. to update or not


Atomcrusher

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Power User
#1
I have an ASUS X54C Laptop.

When I bought the laptop the BIOS version was 204.



I see that BIOS version 210 for my model laptop is now available from the ASUS website. I have never updated BIOS before and am nervous about this :eek:

EDIT: From system specs, this is what the full description of the current BIOS version is:
BIOS Version: American Megatrends Inc. K54C.204, 2012-01-20
So I have downloaded the latest BIOS V. 210. It downloads as a ZIPPED folder named K54CAS210

Can anyone advise on the correct method to extract, & install, the latest BIOS version, and highlight the risks I might face?

Thanks in advance
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS X54C
    CPU
    Intel Pentium B940 2.00GHz Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    Motherboard
    OEM - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Model K54C (CPU 1) Version 1.0 Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model
    Memory
    6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    OEM - Intel Model HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    OEM
    Monitor(s) Displays
    OEM
    Hard Drives
    Manufacturer Hitachi
    Product Family Travelstar
    Series Prefix Standard
    Model Capacity For This Specific Drive 500GB
    PSU
    OEM
    Case
    OEM
    Cooling
    OEM
    Keyboard
    OEM
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    4 Mbps ADSL
    Browser
    Chrome 64bit
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Billion 400G Wi-fi router

MilesAhead

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#2
There should be information with the download about what is updated. I always read that. It's a shame if a BIOS update fails but even worse if there's nothing you really needed in the new code. Also you should check if there's a way to revert to the current version even if the new install has an error.

I haven't had a PC go dead doornail on me. But I had it happen on a $240 external modem. Not fun.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.0 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satelite C55D-A Laptop
    CPU
    AMD EI 1200
    Memory
    4 gb DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Raedon 340 MB dedicated Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built in
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    640 GB (spinner) Sata II
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    Touch pad

LMiller7

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#3
You should only update the BIOS if the update addresses a specific problem you are having, not just because there is a newer version available.

There are some serious risks in updating the BIOS. Usually the update proceeds without issue. But if it fails, and this can happen even if you do everything right, you will usually have an unbootable system. Some systems provide an easy recovery from this, others do not. In some cases the only recovery is physical replacement of the BIOS chip by a trained technician.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

Atomcrusher

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#4
You should only update the BIOS if the update addresses a specific problem you are having, not just because there is a newer version available.

There are some serious risks in updating the BIOS. Usually the update proceeds without issue. But if it fails, and this can happen even if you do everything right, you will usually have an unbootable system. Some systems provide an easy recovery from this, others do not. In some cases the only recovery is physical replacement of the BIOS chip by a trained technician.
@ Responders Miles Ahead & LMiller7 ...
Thank you for your input, and I take your point re: "if it ain't broke leave well alone"

I have attached a screenshot of the BIOS updates issued by ASUS for my X54C laptop, and none of them seem to be critical "must do" updates (at least in my uninformed opinion). My laptop runs just fine, so I reckon I will just eave it as it is.

One more question .... are BIOS updates usually incremental? i.e. in my example shown, does the latest BIOS available (210) contain all the other updates that I have not installed? (In my case, BIOS updates 205 through the latest available 210? )

BIOS X54C.PNG
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS X54C
    CPU
    Intel Pentium B940 2.00GHz Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    Motherboard
    OEM - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Model K54C (CPU 1) Version 1.0 Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model
    Memory
    6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    OEM - Intel Model HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    OEM
    Monitor(s) Displays
    OEM
    Hard Drives
    Manufacturer Hitachi
    Product Family Travelstar
    Series Prefix Standard
    Model Capacity For This Specific Drive 500GB
    PSU
    OEM
    Case
    OEM
    Cooling
    OEM
    Keyboard
    OEM
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    4 Mbps ADSL
    Browser
    Chrome 64bit
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Billion 400G Wi-fi router

CountMike

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#5
They (updates) are not incremental for some years now, you can go straight to newest version. Asus has own utility to do it from Windows automatically, should be able to do it from BIOS itself too but there are some caveats with all that. First carefully check user manual how to do it. If you are not REALLY comfortable doing it, leave it to professional if you must do it. After successful update BIOS would have to be re-configured again to work properly so even if you do it, write settings beforehand.
From that list I can see a lot of changes since first one and that could make it worthwhile . I can't see your original BIOS there, so it makes me suspicious about fact that it might not be for your exact model. I would recheck with complete laptop's model, sub-model would have another set of numbers beyond x54c-xxxxxxx.
Asus BIOS Update utility (at least for desktop MBs) if it works on laptops, should be able to find newest BIOS without actually changing it and is accurate enough to find real BIOS update for you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD

Atomcrusher

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#6
They (updates) are not incremental for some years now, you can go straight to newest version.
Thanks for that information

I can't see your original BIOS there so it makes me suspicious about fact that it might not be for your exact model. I would recheck with complete laptop's model, sub-model would have another set of numbers beyond x54c-xxxxxxx.
I'm unsure how to determine the "sub-model" of my existing Asus X54C series laptop.
Ir originally came with Win7 OS, but I then upgraded the OS to first Win8, then Win8.1 . I have the 64-bit OS.

Asus BIOS Update utility (at least for desktop MBs) if it works on laptops, should be able to find newest BIOS without actually changing it and is accurate enough to find real BIOS update for you.
I saw the ASUS BIOS Update utility, but am now too nervous to try to update!

The BIOS version that came with my laptop was ver. 204
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS X54C
    CPU
    Intel Pentium B940 2.00GHz Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    Motherboard
    OEM - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Model K54C (CPU 1) Version 1.0 Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model
    Memory
    6.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    OEM - Intel Model HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    OEM
    Monitor(s) Displays
    OEM
    Hard Drives
    Manufacturer Hitachi
    Product Family Travelstar
    Series Prefix Standard
    Model Capacity For This Specific Drive 500GB
    PSU
    OEM
    Case
    OEM
    Cooling
    OEM
    Keyboard
    OEM
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    4 Mbps ADSL
    Browser
    Chrome 64bit
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Billion 400G Wi-fi router

CountMike

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#7

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD