I have a Dimension 8200 Desktop with the following:
Windows XP Home
Pentium 4 1.8GHz (400 FSB)
BIOS Version A05
I use the software called Sandra (http://www.sisoftware.net/) to check and identify my system information.
It says my BIOs is out of date. I have never updated it, the system will be 6 years old in May 2008.
I have been searching the internet and i found that doing a BIOS flash can ruin the whole system, which is a risk I do not want to take.
How do I know if I need a BIOS update? I have found this: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/format.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&deviceid=308&libid=1&releaseid=R49451&vercnt=7&formatcnt=0&SystemID=DIM_PNT_P4_8200&servicetag=&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=-1&impid=-1
this I believe is the lasted update for my system.
Any help would be great.
From my first post: "I have been searching the internet and I found that doing a BIOS flash can ruin the whole system, which is a risk I do not want to take."
correction: I meant to say: doing a BIOS Flash INCORRECTLY will ruin my system.
Personally I would not update it now. After 6 years if it has not given you any problems it unlikely to now. I usually update my BIOS when I am covered under the 1 year warranty. After a year normally I see no more update and unlikely to install them since I have some risk. On my XPS 410 I think I had 5 or 6 updates in the year.
I kinda figured that it would not be needed. Just for the record, how would i be able to tell if or when an upgrade is needed?
I know that this system is getting old in the age of computers, and i plan on keeping it until i absoulely cannot upgrade anymore. I still plan on upgrading the RAM, Processor, sound and video cards. I will try to see it Vista will work, but i don think it will. If not i will reinstall XP and keep it.
Well I do plan in getting a new system in the future, but i dont ever plan on getting rid of my current one. I think it would be great to have 20-25 years from now and to show my kids "Hey this is what the Computers looked like back then" I know a friend of mine who still runs an orignal Apple IIe. Not sure what he can do with it today, but it still turns on and runs.