In the example above, I have an Award BIOS from Phoenix Technologies (Phoenix Technologies and Award merged in 1998). It also coincidentally stands for what happens if your flash goes bad.5.
The older version of the Award flash utility that I received in my BIOS update file was called AWDFLASH. Using an outdated version of the manufacturer flash utility or tool You may be tempted to pull out the CD that came with the motherboard or computer and use the utilities on the CD to flash your BIOS.
The decision to flash your BIOS should not be taken lightly.
It is essential that you do it mistake free if you still want to be able to use your computer.
Download the file for the exact make/model/revision of your motherboard.
The flash utility included in the download should match the BIOS manufacturer information on the initial POST screen. The acronym AFU stands for the Award Flash Update Utility.
Flashing your BIOS with the wrong BIOS file Most BIOS updates come as a zipped file containing the binary code file, the flash utility, and sometimes a README file.
Flashing the erasable memory of your BIOS with the wrong code is almost certain to cause failure the next time you try to boot. Many motherboard model names are similar within a single manufacturer.
I can download the BIOS file from Dell, but when I try to execute I get the following error: "An unexpected error occurred while trying to execute the flash application. Application error return 0x00000406" I reboot and no help.
Be 100 percent sure that the BIOS update will fix any issues that you may be having before flashing the BIOS.
Hoping a BIOS update will fix a problem that you are experiencing is a poor reason to risk a BIOS flash.4.
Perhaps if more people requested this, more detailed information might be included in the BIOS update notes in the future.
Most BIOS updates are your current BIOS version in order to know all of the changes made with the latest upgrade version.3.